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ATTENTION:           I am the letter 'C' QSL card sorter for the W-ZeroBuro.  I can be contacted via e-mail  BW_WA0BSW@CHARTER.NET   or 314 839 4186.  What this means is, if  your  call has a 'C' as the first letter after the '0' and the card  was forwared to you via the Bureau, I will have the your incoming DX cards.  We are holding several hundreds of cards for contacts going as far back as ten years.These cards belong to you. We are just a custodians, and the last waypoint between your DX contact and you, of these cards.

Incase you are courious, the ZeroBuro processes upwards 60,000 incoming cards per year. Of that total upwards of 30,000 or in other words, 50% go unclaimed.  We will hold cards for several years, on a space availible basis. I will also do COMPLEMENTRY MAILING'S at random.  Please take this outreach as a message to contact us to order envelopes and postage. A small investment $5 to $20 on your part will ensure a steady flow of incoming cards to you.

Two questions that always come to mind are:

       Do I have to be a member of ARRL to recieve cards?    No. We operate independently of the outgoing QSLBureau                     which does require ARRL membership.

       Do I have to live in the 'Zero' district?   No.  Where you live does not matter. All that matters is the first letter is 'C'               after the '0'. 

Please contact me via either of the above methods to see if you have any cards on f ile.  These are your cards and all we ask is you to do is cover the postage. Details can be found at our web site zeroburo.org.


WA0BSW QSL Procedures

       1.  All contest logs go to LOTW.    Most if not all general contacts will be also be uploaded to LOTW.

       2.   If you need a paper QSL independent of LOTW, stateside or DX, quickly for  a award, I  w ill send it out        

            no SASE  required.

           Just send me a card direct, or e-mail me.

       3.  Cards received via the buro will be returned via the buro.



First licensed as WN0BSW in 1962. Technician in 1963. Graduated from Des Moines (IA) Tech High (W0GHZ) in 1964 with a General license WA0BSW and FCC 2nd Phone license. A unique opportunity allowed me to study in both Electronics and Electrical Core Areas. This gave me an understanding of both RF Communications and Electrical Power distribution. It allowed me to be comfortable with working on "both sides of the wall outlet".

Learned early in life just how damaging lighning strikes could be, when fellow ham radio buddies shared stories of the damage lightning had done to equipment in their shacks.


   How lightning strikes cause transient tnergy 

   How transient energy enters structures and equipment

   How to minimise damage to structures and equipment


Hich School  ERA ham radio

     Novice and General rig Globe Scout and Halicrafters SX 28 HiGain Vertical.

      Home Brew 6M AM transciever

     Johnson Messenger  29.6Mhz AM


1964 1965

J. H. Wallace Auto Radio

    Tied together two of my passions, cars and radios.  

Served with U.S. Navy 1965-1969.
ET 'A' school T.I. 1966 (K6NCG).

NAS Agana Guam 1966-1968 (KG6NAA). Passed FCC 1st Phone license. Advanced to ETN2. (Circa 1967)

     Petty Officer in charge of remote (main) tower communications site.

U.S.S. Apache ATF-67 1968-1969. Senior ET

Returned to Des Moines IA and worked with group that built first two 2 Meter repeaters 34-94 and 22-82 replete with Touch Tone Auto Patch,
Circa 1970-72.

Upgraded to Advanced license circa 1972.

For those who want to reminisce, my 2 Meter FM rig was a GE Progress Line = T-Power, Split 4 freq deck - 94-94; 34-94; 76-76; 34-76 (the Chi town ORC machine); and 46-46= and an infamous 'Topeka FM Eng Preamp'. .25 uV for 20 dB Q. 22-82 was stuffed in later.

Worked in and out of Commercial Broadcasting, Avionics and land mobile two way radio industries 1970-87. Including seven year stints with the 'City Of Des Moines' and 'Motorola’s Communications Sector'. Began to develop the concepts of Earthing- Bonding and Grounding as it applied to protecting RF, audio and power equipment from lightning and transient electrical damage.   To steal a quote from JIM  (km0x);  Protectiing sensitive electronic equipment from "THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT"

Relocated to St. Louis MO in 1985.

In 1987 embarked on a career shift from a primary in RF with seconsdary in Electrical to a primary in Electrical and secondary in RF.

Returned to college in 1987, worked my way through school, graduating with a BSEE degree in 1997, installing and maintaining battery backup systems for computers and computer based RF communications.

With the dramatic changes in electronic equipment, 'the developoment of advanced Integrated Circuits and their need for a stable power source', it was the right time and right place for me to be.

Continued to develop my Earthing-Bonding and Grounding programs.

Upgraded to Amateur Extra circa 2001

After almost 30 years of inactivity on the ham bands, due mostly to school and work schedules, it was time (2010) to find time to get back on the radio.This was accomplished with the able assistance of Mac W9UH, Larry NO0L, Joe K0BX, Bill W0LDO, Dave KB0PE and Mason (now KD0MQU).I now have a modest but adequate 'shack' set up, with which to share experiences and chase DX.

TEN-TEC SCOUT 2010- 2011;  IC-740 2011- 2013;

IC-7410 added July 2013  ( Mic audio by  HEIL   and   W2IHY)

IC-7800 Nov 2015

AL-811 2011-2015;  AL80B  2015 To present

TA33-JR @34 Ft

Two  G5RV's  @  45 Ft

GAP Vertical

Over the years, my other activities / passions have involved: Documentry Photography, EMT- Firefighter, Rugby, Sport Parachuting USPA C-17762 and SCUBA Diving PADI Divemaster D-21560.

As a somewhat retired individual, I continue to stay active because there is a steady source Lightning Strikes with the associated Grounding Problems being brought to my doorstep.

In July of 2012 became the incoming DX 'ZeroBuro' C suffix QSL card sorter. If you have a FCC issued 'Zero' call with the first lette r'C' in the suffix and are wondering if you have any DX QSL cards on file please contact me or theZeroBuro at www.ZeroBuro.org.

My motto is:

Courtesy of Al Warner  &  Best Power Technology


Looking forward to meeting you 'eyeball or on the air'.

The Grounding Guru


Bill  WA0BSW

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