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I got my start in "radio" at the age of 12 in early 1978.  The movie "Smokey and the Bandit" was popular as was the Citizens Band (CB---11 meters AM and SSB) craze. My dad got a Robyn mobile CB, and when I came home from a hospital stay he took me out to sit in the truck (snowstorm underway) so I could get out of the house (winter and a lot of snow!). I was amazed that on such a small radio I could talk 8 miles away and meet someone I would otherwise not meet in life. I was hooked, and soon had a "cadillac SSB station" by 1979 and for the early 80's (including an Avanti Moonraker 4 ele. "quagi [quad-yagi] at 70 ft). I got ham radio information and was mesmorized by the big radios and antennas in CQ and QST, but, due to my rural location and lack of information, I never got to test for a ham radio license. I owe that event in the truck in 1978 to my education and career today (Ph.D in electrical engineering).  

The radio bug stayed dormat during college, but it stuck with me. In about 1993 I got my orginal receiver out and the sound of SSB on 20m brought back all the joy I'd experienced earlier. I finally tested and received my first amateur radio license--Technician plus (KB8UXV)--in September 1994. I upgraded to General then Advanced in 1997. I studied in the car while waiting to go to college classes.  I received my Extra class license in March 2001. My vanity callsign--WO8USA--stands for my QTH, in Western Ohio zone 8 United States of America. Its my pleasure to carry my nation's name on my call and QSL.

My amateur radio interests are primarily HF DX voice.  From 1997-2012 I operated mobile during my commute and lunch when possible, and worked over 100 countries as WO8USA /m. My commute grew very short and today I do not operate mobile.  On the weekends I operate in the afternoons from home. I love to operate during major contests and QSO parties and also like the DX nets.

I have recently (2017) caught the digital bug and operate PSK31and JT65 a lot, prctically every night.  I love to use PSKReporter to see conditions and compare actual propagation to VOACap propagation predictions.  It has been amazingly close!   I am using my 20+ year old Alinco DX70TH on 10w output (UPDATE: Just got a DX-SR8T) into either the Hexbeam, Gap Titan, or MyAntenna End-fed dipole.  I am working on digital Worked All States, now using JT65.  Its amazing to see how the conditions shift from East to West over time digital versus Phone.

I tried my hand at satellite DX but found that, while fun, the satellite schedules were too contraining for my life schedule. 

When they were younger, my two boys were interested in radio too, and I hope they someday enjoy and learn as much from it as I have. Both became licensed in 2006. I am very proud of both; Ryan, before his 9th birthday, got KD8DOL, and has gone vanity to WO8VET; Jason, at 12, is KD8DPW. They mainly talked to me on 2m but occassionaly can get other contacts. We would set at the station during contests as a team.. They enjoy the competition of radio contests and enjoy getting contacts and logging, similar to their competitive nature while playing baseball as excellent athletes.  They are now in college, but still have many QSL cards.

My previous mobile antenna system is shown below.  When in the mobile, I ran an Alinco DX70TH. My antenna was a "quint bander" Hustler with 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10m coils. I engineered the antena so I can get in my garage without moving the antenna or hitting the garage with it. Occassionally I added a 40m or 80m coil to make a hexbander! I have been mistaken for a moon buggy given the looks of my vehicle. It was so fun to set in a lot or park and catch propagation running the right way, and be +20dB over in the Caribbean on a Friday afternoon.  My commute has changed and I no longer have the radio in the car, perhaps again someday. 


For SSB,  my primary station is a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V with a 5-band Hexbeam (Traffie Hexbeam #201) and Gap TITAN DX 10-80 meter vertical. I have integrated a computer into the station.  I use N3FJP's logging systems. (AC Log and contest logs too), am a QRZ subscriber.  .

I hope to achieve 5BDXCC and 5BWAS. With relatively limited operating time I have managed to work almost 200 countries, most from the mobile and confirmed. I hate the paperwork of getting all my QSLs together, and even though I now have 3BDXCC, I have not filed original QSLs but since I have 100+ countries in LoTW, I have my 3BDXCC confirmed now.

l love QSLing and I feel it is a privilege to exchange cards. If you need one---NO NO NO IRC/Postage/SASE needed--its my pleasure. Direct or via the Buro is fine. I also enjoy eQSL and am now regularly checking it. I am now using LoTW but it does not have the same thrill as real QSLs, seems way to complicated to set up. Regular QSLing for awards never required so much security!

I try to get to the Hamvention frequently as it is only a few miles from Beavercreek---my QTH is more appropriately "Dayton, Ohio" for the ham community.  2017 Hamvention in Xenia was great, especially being 5 miles away.

If you need Greene County on any bands send me an e-mail, I will be happy to set up a sked.  Here are some QSLs to enjoy. 73!

My Personal QSL History:

My Current QSL (March 2016-?):

Current QSL 2016


Primary QSL circa 2006-2016










Contest Multi-op QSL 2010-2015:


My son Ryan, WO8VET, had two QSLs during this time as well, and had many QSOs as an operator.



Homemade QSL circa 2005:



Homemade QSL circa 2000:

Homemade QSL circa 1997:


Original callsign QSL circa 1994


and my orginal 11-meter QSL cards 1978-1987:

and my orginal, first ever QSL card in 1978, common homemade for the time.  My dad got these made at the newspaper printer after I drew them on a piece of paper.  I had to hand cut them all out and write QSO information on the back. 


73, Chris WO8USA




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