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Picture above was 2009. The inset was taken in 1972. I was missing a lot of DX thanks to 4 kids (one is shown; probably begging to be taken for a ride), but at least my hair was still dark! The HK0AB card I'm holding is for a 1962 15 meter SSB contact with deleted entity Bajo Nuevo. I finally got it early 2009 to help me into 3rd in world on 15. Thanks to Bernie, W3UR, and Dale, W4QM. I hadn't bothered to get the 15 meter card in '62 because there were no single band awards yet! Heads up, guys and gals, work em all and QSL em all! You never know when you might need it!

I have been known on the bands as "Skip" ever since I was first licensedin1955. I became Extra Classin 1967. I have always held the same call, although Ialso heldW0HYA for a short time while in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,working for the old Collins Radio Company. (Yes I worked side by side with Art Collins on one project.) I have been a DXer my entire Ham career. Unfortunately I had an extended inactive period from 1965 to 1980, due to family obligations (as you can see), resulting in missing several important DX operations . . . Oh well!). For most of my ham career I was lucky enough to have the everlasting friendship of my hero and mentor, John, W9WHM, now a silent key. May he DX in peace with zero QRM/QRN and a constant supply of "new ones".

A special salute goes to Charles Mellen, W1FH (SK). Greatest of the Great.

My shack about 1961, about time I won Indiana Section in ARRL DX Contest. (Where was Larry, W9IOP, that year I wonder).  You can't see the big push-pull 250TH amplifier just behind me.  It would sure keep me warm on cold Indiana winter nights.  Especially working all of those Russians that had gotten on the air! The next picture illustrates my lifelong Amateur Radio Philosophy:


Current QTH in central Indiana.  120' Rohn 55G 160 meter antenna with my modest Cushcraft X7 at top.  You can't see the Beverage wires strung all over the place.

Some accomplishments (other than longevity) are:


Mixed: (#1 Honor Roll, 388 confirmed, 6th in world, 2nd place ARRL Central Division)

Phone Only: (Honor Roll, 387 confirmed, 4th in world, 3rd place USA, ARRLCentral Division Leader)

CW: (Honor Roll, 348 confirmed, 10th in world)

Digital:  Currently 163 on FT8.  A few on RTTY and JT65


Plus Single Band Awards:

160 (245 confirmed)




20 (384 confirmed, 5th in world, 4th place USA, ARRL Central Division Leader)


15 (369 confirmed,4th in world,2nd place USA, ARRL Central Division Leader)


10 (348 confirmed, 14th in world, ARRL Central Division Leader)



WAZ PHONE ONLY (Certificate #32)


160 Meter WAS

Digital WAS with FT8 Endorsement




1st Place Indiana 1958 ARRL SS CW

1st Place Indiana 1959 ARRL DX CW

1st Place Indiana 1961 ARRL DX CW

Central Division Leader 1987 ARRL 160 Meter

1st Place Indiana 1987 ARRL 10 Meter SSB

1st Place Indiana 1990 ARRL 10 Meter SSB

Central Division Leader 1994 ARRL 10 Meter SSB

73 and CU in the pileups!


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United States Counties Award#7307
Granted: 2017-09-15 16:30:03   (W9YSX)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#17007
Granted: 2017-09-15 16:30:02   (W9YSX)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#18292
Granted: 2017-09-15 16:28:02   (W9YSX)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#5886
Granted: 2017-09-13 03:58:02   (W9YSX)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
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