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Hello and thanks for visiting my bio page.

I received my Novice license, WN4NWI, in early 1976 just before being transferred to Germany with the U.S. Air Force. When I got to Germany I found out that I would not be able to use my Novice ticket as the German government did not recognize the class. A year later I upgraded to Technician, WB3JXX and applied for a German call and was assigned DA1IE. Six months later I upgraded to General and again in six months upgraded to Advanced and applied for the new 2x2 call and received KB3DB. It was great fun working as a DX station while in Germany. I was able to get WAS on 15 meters SSB that first year of operation.

After three years in Germany, I was transferred to the Netherlands where I operated as KB3DB/PA. In 1980 I came back to the "States" and was stationed in California. Changed my call to KE6NR and got interested in RTTY and getting old model 15s working. I retired from the Air Force on November 1, 1984 and we moved to Zanesville, Ohio, my wife’s home, and changed my call to KD8WA.

Living in the city caused many problems for me to operate and I lost interest in ham radio for several years. In June of 2005, I received a catalog from a ham radio business and started looking through it. I got the bug again and a few weeks later I got an Icom IC-706MKIIG.

In January 2007, we moved into the country and I put up a 48 foot freestanding tower, a new Mosley TA33M (WARC) beam with 40 meter kit at 50 feet, 6 meter beam at 56 feet and 2 meter, 220 meter and 6 meter verticals at 58 feet. In July of 2007 I purchased an ICOM IC-746PRO and had fun checking out the capabilities of the new rig and had even done a little contesting which I had never been interested in before. My wife of 44 years passed away in July 2007. She got to enjoy springtime in the country and now is one of God's angels. 

I married my current wife in January 2009 and in December 2013 we moved to St. Albans, WV. She grew up in Elkview, WV and wanted to come home. Our home is in St Albans, WV and we have a small city lot.  Not enough room to put up the free standing tower but I have put up a small tower that is about 35 feet. I have stacked 13 element 2 meter beams at 40 feet and a 6 meter beam at 45 feet. I have reciently put a 5 band KIO hex beam on top of my garage and hope it will work for me. Other antennas are a ZS6BKW (G5RV) at 32 feet, a 30 meter and 40 meter fan dipole at 20 feet. Birds have a hard time flying through my yard what with all the wire in the air.

After having the call KD8WA since 1985 I decided to take advantage of the vanity call system and get my initials in my call. Therefore, I applied for and received on December 22, 2015 the call WV8DH.

I now work almost exclusively CW QRP and love it. I am a member in the SKCC  (Straight Key Century Club) #4020Tx8  and NAQCC (North American QRP CW Club) #8054. I participate in SKCC and NAQCC monthly sprints and I am quickly filling logs with CW contacts. I started doing CW with a Bencher BY-1 paddle and now use my JJ-38 straight key almost all of the time. I have purchased a YouKits HB-1B MK3 QRP transceiver which I enjoy taking to WV parks as often as the WX will allow it. So far I have operated from a trailer park in Florida where my brother-in-law lived, a camp in eastern Tennessee and several state parks in WV. One of my favorite places is the city park here in St. Albans. It is located less than a mile from my house and has several nice pavilians that can be used. It is also where our ham club WVAR, Inc. operated field day from last year and will be there again this year. Listen for WV8AR SSB, CW and Digital. The fartherest QRP contact has been to France and I received a 1000 mile per watt certificate from the SKCC for it. Only need 4 more states for WAS QRP so I don't think I am doing too bad and it is a whole bunch of fun. QRP works!!! The HB1B MK3 has a "hot" receiver and is a fun to operate radio. Puts out 5 watts with 13.7 volts and 4 watts with the included internal rechargable battery. I am still working on improving my cw speed and it is coming along. 

 Hope to meet you on CW soon.

72 & 73,



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