Amateur Radio Info
Vital Statistics - Extra class. First licensed as novice KN2YWE in 1956
I used to listen to the awesome signal from NSS for
code practice or just the sheer joy of hearing "perfect" CW. I worked NSS on CW during Armed Forces
Day one year. What a thrill to hear that big signal come back to me.
When I moved to Annapolis ,
the first things I did was visit the facility. Sadly it is now defunct,
and but a few minor towers remain.
99% CW Operation
diminishing proficiency in American Morse
Occasional lapses to
AM and SSB, and lately even RTTY and PSK31
I usually use my club call in
contests, K3AU, issued in 2004
The e in my "real" call seems
to get lost both on CW and phone.
The Club is
dedicated to furthering Amateur Radio, CW, and Contesting. SSARC (MD)
is a FISTS
Interest in contesting (scores here) re-emerged several
at home (single Op low power) and
I use CT most
of the time, but also have registered versions of NA and
fiddle around with
I built what I call a "Bone Simple SO2R Box" for receive audio to get my feet wet in SO2R
operation. Maybe you will
find my design useful.
I put together some
presentations on Contesting, especially for Little Pistols
Concentrated on doing well with modest stations, but
there's good stuff in there for all contesters regardless of station
capability. They are PowerPoint slide
(.pps) that can be viewed using the Powerpoint Viewer, free from Microsoft if you
need it. I intend to make these presentations available for HTML
viewing on this site, but I have not gotten around to it. They are
animated. If you have the bandwidth and a little patience, just click
here . . .
PVRC-CARA W3AO Field Day
June 2009 Photo Gallery
W3AO has produced
the top FD score since 1999.
The team pays much attention to detail and puts in
major preparation, set-up, operation, support, and take-down
We operate as a networked Multi-Multi with operations from 160m-Light
(Laser), Satellite, and a separate GOTA station mentored by KE3Q.
operated the 80CW station since 2000. Fred, K3ZO, joined me
on 80CW in 2008 and WK3A pitched in in 2012.
- Two Yaesu FT-100MPs and
accouterments (not really set up for SO2R though). I added an Amp
mainly for 160 and 80m in
inverted Delta Loop up 70 feet. Used on
40m and WARC bands, as well as for 160m Receive.
- 80m convoluted
Dipole at about 50 feet.
- 160m Lazy-U .
Center-fed vertical section about 60' long with two horizontal
legs (top loading and counterpoise) of about 105' each at 6/65 feet up.
performance, but gets me a few multipliers during contests.
I sometimes use a single-direction (EU) K9AY or the 40m Delta on
receive for better 160m SNR
than the "C," but I need
to rig a better preamp for them.
- Force12 C3SS
(three two-element monobanders
on one boom) added in 2001. At 40' on
my AB-577 under
the backyard tree canopy.
This relatively small antenna never ceases to amaze me
with its excellent performance
SWR measurements taken in 2001 at 29 feet.
It's now up at 40 feet
and I need to take new measurements with non-metallic guy wires.
When the spirit moves me and I
have room, I fire up the older stuff
I hate to throw anything away, but I've been divesting
myself of some of my older gear. I still have a . . .
- Globe Scout 680 - my
first "commercial" rig. Bought new in 1957.
Chief 90 - purchased in 2000 and cleaned-up. Nice clean CW.
- matching WRL-755
VFO, but sadly not the actual one I had years ago.
- Hammerlund HQ-110 - my second
receiver (I had an S-85 for a while). New in 1960. Needs bandswitch work.
TR Switch, Johnson Viking Matchbox, etc . . .
Photo of Dan hisself with rig in late 1950's
Me as a young punk. Photo
taken for a Westchester (NY) Amateur Radio Association membership
Being a CW freak, I have . . .
- an W8FYO single-lever keyer paddle that Joe
made for me in the earlies 1960's. This is the paddle that Bencher
bought the patent rights to.
electronic-keyer - Hallicrafters
'TO, with spare mercury-wetted relay.
a Begali Simplex Mono
keyer paddle. My
first new paddle in over 50 years, bought April 2015. Feels
almost as good as the 'FYO to me.
a 1960's Autronic
single-lever keyer paddle.
single lever Vibrokeyer keyer paddle.
1955 Vibroplex Champion bug I acquired in 1957.
vintage straight hand keys and some solid-state keyers
- W3PJ - Chuck is a really
good friend that lives nearby. The callsign originally belonged to his
- N4JR - Jerry and I spent
a lot of time together in middle and high school, along with K2ZOX. We
did a lot of "stuff" together. He was K2TNI back then.
- N7XM - Josh and
I QRQ'd each other to death in our younger years. We traveled through
EU together in College. Josh was K2MMS "back in the day."
- K2XX Joe and I
knew each other in high school. We once lit up his mother's kitchen
lights with Joe's DX-100 on 10m. Joe was K2UZO.
C3SS beam shakedown measurements taken in
Last updated September