I used to listen to the rock-crushing signal from NSS for code practice and the sheer joy of hearing "perfect" CW. I worked
NSSon CW during Armed Forces Day one year.
It was quite 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. Annapolis
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 oraganze 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.
A similar operation was carried out during the 100th anniversary year of NSS station in 2018 and again in 2019.
The operation has ben canceled for this year 202, but we fully expect tom mount another when safety permits.
CW is my mode of choice. It's like music to my ears. I have moderate but diminishing proficiency in American Morse.I occasionally operate SSB and RTTY, primarily in contests. I do not operate AM anymore although some of my vintage rigs have that capability.
The e in my "real" call sometimes gets 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.
I met a prominent contester in 1995 and operated at his multi-multi station for several years. I am active from home now with an occasionally Multi-op station stint.
Operating in "iron-man" mode had become difficult at my advanced age (born December 1942). I participate for limited times during most contests.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.
The presentations address doing well with modest stations, but there's plenty of content there for all contesters regardless of station capability.
The PowerPoint slide shows are animated. If you have the bandwidth and a little patience, just click below.
All CTU presentations and videos (including mine in 2017) may be found at the CTU files and videos sites.
- Contest Operating Best Practices, Dayton Contest University 2018. (Reorganized and revamped version of CTU 2017 Little Pistols, Higher Scores)
- Contest Introduction and More, part 2019 Operating Series conducted by K3RA for the Amatuer Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum and others
- Little Pistols, Higher Scores, Dayton Contest University 2017
- Contest Best Practices excerpted from "Little Pistols"
- Contesting Tips for Little Pistols and others too, for Dayton Contest University 2014
- Contesting Tips for Little Pistols Webinar, full narrated 2014 version for World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) 2014
The CARA-PVRC W3AO team has produced the top FD score every year 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 on 160m-Light (Laser), Satellite, and a separate GOTA station. I have operated the 80CW station since 2000.
Fred, K3ZO, joined me in 2008 for a few years. WK3A has been on 80CW with me since 2012 and WA3MD joined us in 2017.
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 . . .
Last updated Mar 11, 2021