QSL INFORMATION: I QSL direct ,eQSL, LOTW, QRZ, and HRDLOG on a regular basis (normally at the end of the day but no less than once a week). As of Oct. 2016 I am also adding the Bureau as a method. I DO NOT need return postage, IRC, money, or a SASE for my QSL card whether you are in the United States or DX or a SWL. I'm still old fashioned in some regards and while confirming contacts electronically is fine, I prefer and always welcome a paper QSL card and love collecting them.
I was first introduced to amateur radio when I was about 12 by my great uncle in Columbia, S.C. My Dad would take me over to his house and we would go up into the attic where he had his radio and work shop. He was building one of the first color TV’s from a kit, and it was a huge thing. He gave me a key and I built a code practice oscillator to help learn the code. I also built a Knight Space Spanner and was able to listen to the ham bands and short wave. It shocked me more than once at night when I would try to turn it off in the dark, as I had never built a case for it! Didn’t get my license back then, high school sports, cars, and girls demanded a higher priority than ham radio. After I joined the Navy, I was constantly underway, and was haze grey and underway even on my first shore duty in P.R. I have served on everything from submarines to river boats to aircraft carriers. After 20 years in the navy including a tour on the rivers in-country Viet Nam, I finished up in Dec.1981 at the Naval Air Test Center Patuxent River Maryland where I have been land locked ever since.
The radio hobby didn’t come back into my life until the 70’s when I got my first license, KCG1994. Yes, it was a CB license! I was stationed on the Indy (CV-62) then and they had a MARS station. Got my Novice ticket, and back then you had to spend 60 days as a Novice before taking the test for a higher class license. There was a code test for each class and my first General ticket was WD4MNP.
I ran the MARS station on the USS Independence, CV-62, for four years when underway and had my own MARS station at home running thousands of phone patches and messages for the ships, subs and aircraft who were underway before and during both Gulf Wars. My MARS call was NNN0USN. I also helped with the MARS station at NATC Patuxent River MD, by setting up the first automated Packet bulletin board in Navy MARS. Forgot to mention while on the Indy I got married and my wife, Shirley, became a Ham, N4CUX, so we could talk when I was underway. That was a real plus.
As the requirement for Navy Mars messages and phone patches dwindled due to the advent of satellite phone systems, internet, and cell phones aboard Navy ships, I lost interest in amateur radio as well, and gave my tower, beams plus a good bit of my equipment away to new hams in the early 80’s. I kept my old Kenwood TS 940S and am using the “Ole Girl” today.
A few months ago in 2014, I decided I would like to get back into ham radio, but I would get my extra ticket before actually getting the “Ole Girl” out of the closet and stringing up a piece of wire. I also decided since I was permanently moored in Maryland, I would never get back to 4 land due to building a family in the area. Thus the recent call sign change to WW3MD.
My station currently consists of a TS-590SG pushing, on occasion, an Ameritron AL-1500 and an Ameritron antenna tuner, ATR-30, and some wire in the trees. I’ve also recently started to explore the digital world, mainly JT-65. I'm finding it really mesmerizing. The old Vista lap top I’m using is so slow, that it locks up occasionally at inopportune moments. The quest never ends!
I hope to upgrade my antenna system this fall, we'll see
UPDATE: 10/22/2015 The K4KIO Hex Beam is up and working very well. 3rd station worked was in Oman and closed out my first WAS with the help of ND0B, thanks Bill.
SON TONY STANDING GUARD OVER SPREADERS
READY FOR SWR AND DIP TESTING
ON THE POLE READY TO GO VERTICAL
VERTICAL AT HEIGHT, 42 ft. AND GUYED
VIEW FROM FRONT YARD
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