I used to listen to the awesome signal from NSS for code practice and the sheer joy of hearing "perfect" CW. I worked
NSSon CW during Armed Forces Day one year. What a thrill to hear that big signal come back to me. One of the first things I did when I moved to was to visit the facility while it was still in use. Sadly it is now defunct with only three minor towers remaining. On May 13, 2017 the NSS call sign was re-activated for the first time in over 40 years. Several members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, including me, were privileged to oragainze a station on the site of the original transmitter at Greenbury Point and operate under the NSS callsign during the 2017 Military Crossband Test. We transmitted on military frequencies and listened in the adjacent amateur radio bands. We made over 1,000 contacts on four bands in 13 hours, which is the highest total every made by a station on the military side. We anticipate a similar operation during the 100th anniversary year of NSS station in 2018. Annapolis
Moderate diminishing proficiency in American MorseOccasional lapses to AM and SSB, and lately RTTY
The e in my "real" call seems to get lost both on CW and phone.The callsign belongs to the South Shore Amateur Radio Club of MarylandThe Club is dedicated to furthering Amateur Radio, CW, and Contesting. SSARC (MD) is a FISTS club.
Active at home
(single Op low power)and occasionally at Multi-op stations. More Multi-op as I advance in age and "iron-man" becomes harder.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.
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 shows (.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 . . .
Little Pistols, Higher Scores, Dayton Contest University 2017 Contesting Tips for Little Pistols Webinar, full narrated version for World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) 2014 Contest Introduction and More, for many clubs (2014 version) Contesting Tips for Little Pistols and others too, for Dayton Contest University 2014
Contest Best Practices excerpted from "Little Pistols" Contesting Intro given to ARCNEM Jan 2012 and others too
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 efforts
We operate as a networked Multi-Multi with operations from 160m-Light (Laser), Satellite, and a separate GOTA station mentored by KE3Q.
I have operated the 80CW station since 2000. Fred, K3ZO, joined me on 80CW in 2008 and WK3A pitched in in 2012.
This relatively small antenna never ceases to amaze me with its excellent performanceC3SS shakedown SWR measurements taken in 2001 at 29 feet.
- 20m SWR Curves of my C3SS OK
- 15m SWR Curves of my C3SS OK
- 10m SWR Curves of my C3SS Uh Oh, but works well
It's now up at 40 feet and I need to take new measurements with non-metallic guy wires.
I hate to throw anything away, but I've been divesting myself of some of my older gear. I still have a . . .