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Me with my first headphones

Considering this photo, there is little doubt about where I was heading!



During 45 years of living in New England I never made it to Newington. After 5 years of living in Mississippi I decided it was time to rectify that error, so during a trip to see family back in 2010 I made it a point to stop by the ARRL and see Bill Moore, NC1L and Mike Corey, W5MPC at the League.  I am glad I was able to get the chance to visit, and if you have a chance yourself, please don't pass it up.

WS1L at the key of Old Betsy...

A younger Me at W1AW, with Old Betsy


I enjoy spending my spare time playing with radios. I mostly enjoy DX, and mostly on CW. Next most often I am on RTTY, and I do spend a bit of my time on SSB and even a bit of other digi-modes such as PSK and FT-8.  

I am one away from DXCC Honor Roll.  Bouvet or Baker-Howland... 

After my much-beloved TenTec Orion bit the dust, I wound up building an Elecraft K3S to take it's place.  I also decided to begin the process of downsizing the shack, getting rid of some of the dust collectors.  

Next to the state-of-the-art Elecraft sits an old Yaesu FT-101ZD from the early 1980's.  It's a near copy of my first transceiver found at a flea market several years ago.  After some tender loving care it is now in operable condition and gets frequent use.

My operating desk, December of 2017

The operating desk...

A new interest lies in older radios.  I am currently doing a few last little things for the FT-101ZD above, and I have my Dad's last shortwave receiver, a Hallicrafters SX-110.  So far I've put a three-wire cord and fuse in it, with replacement filter capacitors next on the list.  After that, the cabinet needs a good repainting.  

One more item I have just started on is an Eico 720, a crystal-controlled, 90 watt CW rig from around 1960.  I bought one used for my first-ever ham rig.  Someday it will be on the air, matched with my Dad's old receiver.  

Eico 720 CW Transmitter

Eico 720... my first rig


Here's my QSL card. The University of Southern Mississippi is my employer, and the Centennial Gateway is seen along the top of the card. The bottom row shows me in my shack, a blossom from our magnolia tree in the front yard (planted to replace a pine lost in Hurricane Katrina), and a shot of the student section at a Southern Miss football game.


My QSL Card


I was first licensed in 1983 as KA1KDL, due to the influence of my Dad, who wasn't licensed until much later in life as N1MJS. Dad had enjoyed his high school radio club, W1KMU. Another influence was a co-worker, Dick Bell, KB1AN, later NM1R. I stayed mostly on 2M FM until Novice Enhancement in 1988 or so exposed me to 10 meter SSB and DXing. That set the hook! Shortly after that I began to study in earnest and upgraded to Advanced as KC1NH and shortly after that to Extra as WS1L.

I lived and worked for most of my career in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I started working as a summer officer for the Plymouth Police Department in 1980, and began working full-time in 1985. By 2005 there were several factors at play that made an early retirement at the rank of Captain attractive, so my wife Stacie and I and our cats packed up the house and moved to Mississippi, near the city of Hattiesburg. Stacie was an alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi, and we liked the area.

After working as a civilian for the Hattiesburg Police Department I was offered a position as a Lieutenant with the University Police in 2006, and have been there since. The department is smaller, the pace is slower, and things are much less stressful! Currently I hold the rank of Major and am in charge of all operations.

My ham radio interests are mostly DXing. I am usually on CW, often with a Vibroplex bug. If not, then I am on RTTY. There *IS* a mike around here somewheres... I use a Tennadyne T-6 LPDA on the higher bands, a Butternut HF-9V Vertical and an Inverted-L for the lower bands.

My Tennadyne T-6 LPDA at 50 feet

I QSL 100% via LOTW. I hope to see you on the bands!!

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