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I reply direct to all direct QSLs received.  LoTW upon request.  I do not QSL via the bureau.

I have been licensed since 1955, originally as KN2QBW when I was 12, and have held W2RS since 1976. Extra Class since 1958. General Radiotelephone and Radiotelegraph licenses with radar endorsement.

I have lived in seven US call areas (W1-W7), and my other callsigns have included K1WXC, K2QBW, WA4IJR and G5DDU. So far, I have operated from 44 US states and 23 DXCC entities.

Interests and Activities

My favorite ham activity is working DX, especially on CW. I have all current DXCC entities confirmed, all on CW except North Korea, as well as 9-band DXCC (10-160).  I no longer chase awards or compete seriously in contests. I just work DX and participate in contests for the fun of it.

Other current ham interests include satellites, antique radio, and CW operation generally. I can sometimes also be found on RTTY or AM, as well as 50 MHz during the sporadic-E season. At previous locations, I was active in weak-signal DXing on 144 MHz, EME, HF and VHF contesting, LF, traffic nets, and various other aspects of amateur radio. I may return to them some day. I have written many articles for QST, RadCom, The AMSAT Journal, and other ham publications, mostly about satellites and EME.

I have Satellite DXCC No. 13 and Satellite WAC No. 6. both earned entirely via LEO spacecraft. In addition, I am happy to have participated in the first two-way contact in any radio service via satellite-to-satellite relay, with W2BXA (SK) via AMSAT-OSCAR 7 and AMSAT-OSCAR 6 in 1975, as well as the first known contact via satellite ionization trail reflection, a propagation mode discovered by W8JK (SK), with K3JTE (now W3PK) in 1960. I was active on 144 MHz EME in 1985-95 with 150 watts and a single Yagi, working 37 stations on CW. If you'd like to know more about that, please see my articles in February 1989 and October 1990 QST, and May 1992 RadCom. Some of the papers I've written can be found at http://w2rs.yolasite.com. 

QTH and Club Affiliations

I have lived in Green Valley, Arizona, since 2004, after relocating from Glen Rock, New Jersey. Green Valley is in the Sonoran desert, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Tucson and 40 miles (64 km) north of the Mexican border. It is 3000 feet (900m) above sea level, and is called "Green" because of the many trees (see the view from my QTH in the photo above).

Member Green Valley ARC (http://gvarc.us), A-1 Operator Club, Arizona Outlaws Contest Club, Central Arizona DX Association, Chiltern DX Club (UK), Norfolk ARC (UK), ARRL, RSGB, AMSAT (past executive vice president, acting president, and director), FISTS (12891), OOTC, PVRC, QCWA, and SKCC (11178), among others. Fellow, Radio Club of America. I have belonged to many other clubs at previous locations, including W1AF and W1MX.

I have been an International Amateur Radio Union volunteer for more than 20 years, currently as a member of the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel (http://www.iaru.org/satellite).  From 1995 to 2005 I chaired the annual IARU Satellite Forum.  I was elected secretary of the IARU Region 2 (North/South America) VHF/UHF committee ("Committee C") in 1998 and chairman in 2001.

Station and Antennas

My main HF/6m station presently includes a Ten-Tec Orion II, an Elecraft KX3 line (KX3, PX3 and KXPA100), and two amplifiers: a Collins 30L-1 and an Elecraft KPA500. On AM, I transmit on a Yaesu FT-102/FV-102DM and receive on a Collins 75S-1. Antennas are an elevated Hy-Gain AV620 "ground plane" vertical for 6-20 and a 130-foot (40m) long inverted-L for 30-160. For information about my KISS satellite station and reconstructed 1950s Novice station, please go to the GVARC Web site and click on Technical Page. I am also a Collins collector; in my Collins station, the 30L-1 is driven by a KWM-2/312B-5 with the 75S-1 as a second receiver.


I am married with two grown sons, and hold BSEE and MBA degrees. After working in investment banking in New York and London, I am now self-employed as a private investor.

I support the DX Code of Conduct (http://dx-code.org).


History of W2RS (the call)

From time to time, people have asked me about the history of my call sign, so here is a brief synopsis, compiled from old government callbooks and other public records.

The first holder of 2RS (national prefixes were not assigned until 1928) was Albert E. Reymann of New York, NY.  He received it in 1913 and held it for about a year, using a small spark coil with 6 watts output.  The call was unassigned from 1915 until 1920, when it was issued to M.J. Schaefer, also of New York, NY, who held it for about three years and ran 1 kW spark.  It was again unassigned from 1923 until 1926, when it was issued to Rudolph J. Herdin of Clifton, NJ, who held 2RS (and W2RS) until his death in 1965, aged 81. He originally ran 14 watts CW, later increased to 1 kW CW and AM. I did not know Rudolph Herdin, but have been told that he was active on 10m in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

W2RS was again unassigned from 1965 until I received it in 1976.  It is not a "vanity" call sign, but was issued as part of an FCC program of the time to recognize longtime holders of Extra Class licenses. In 2016 I celebrated my 40th year as W2RS, which makes me the longest holder of that call.  If you have further information about any of the previous holders, please let me know.

Thank you for your interest, and CU on the air!

73, Ray




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