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_____________________________WD8ASA in a nutshell_________________________________________


I have worked as a computer network administrator/engineer/technician since 1996.   My wife and I live in a rural area about 20 miles outside of Powell, WY and have a modest home on a 100 acre farm. We raise Barley for Budwiser and pinto beans.


Ham Radio

I was first licensed in 1976 as a Novice, WN8ASA in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.   Since then I have held all classes of licenses until obtaining my Extra class license in 1989.


In 1977 I obtained my first job and an electronic technician and eventually was employed by Heath Company in 1980. Hence my "One of the hams at Heath" QSL card. I worked at a few other companies as an electronic technician until 1996 when I switched to computers. From 1996 until 2008 I also worked as a part time instructor for a local community college teaching computer classes. 


When I was around 12 years old a friend of our family introduced me to 11 meter hend held radios and I eventually met up with a now long time friend and mentor that got me started in shortwave listening, radio electronics, astronomy among other things.

Eventually we both ended up testing and getting our Amateur Radio license together. Bill WD8ARZ (My Elmer) and I tested with Dave W8BEP (SK) in June of 1976 and ended up getting consecutive call signs.


I operate on the HF bands, mostly CW (no computer), JT65 and PSK31.    I am active on 160 though 6 meters and do get on SSB although not anywhere near what I used too.   


Yaesu FTDX-5000mp - Heathkit HR-1680 - Drake TR-22C.   Antennas are Hy-Gain TH3mrk4, HY-Gain DB-1217 at 30' and a homebrew windom at 25 feet.  I also have a couple of HT’s and a couple of VHF mobile rigs.

QSL Info 

I use EQSL, QRZ and LOTW.  I will gladly respond with a paper QSL if you send one to me. No SASE is requested. QSL cards are part of the hobby for me. 

SWL QSL cards are welcome

73 - Gary

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World Continents Award#18315
Granted: 2017-09-18 19:29:31   (WD8ASA)

  • 17 Meters Digital
  • 17 Meters Mixed
United States Award#3420
Granted: 2017-09-18 19:29:30   (WD8ASA)

  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#5178
Granted: 2016-11-08 23:04:02   (WD8ASA)

  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#14346
Granted: 2016-11-08 23:04:02   (WD8ASA)

  • 15 Meters Digital
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  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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