I work 80 % cw enjoy DXing and rag chews been on the air since I was 16 yrs old. My Mentors WB8LJY, KN8WGX,W8ABQ,W8QFQ-K8DD,W8ACM,-CW Operators Through and Through, . My son
Max-WA8MAX is also an amateur opr. since age 8. I like to QRP/QRPp CW,nice when out camping in the forest/go to some interesting place and activate that-or just a Rag Chew-Experiment with QRPp power on 10/15/30/160Mtrs,its a challenge My first rig was a DX100 -HW16 Xmtr and a Halicrafters SX110 Dow T/R switch various Inverted Vees were my antenna- Norm Brooks W8SZH let me use the DX100 that was rusy siting in a box on the floor in his basement -that was a heavy rig -he had the VFO disconnected and a glass crystal socket he installed on top of the cabinet for me.I had 4 Jan crystals -I used them on the 3rd harmonic for 15 mtr cw-
I workrd 50 states and 63 countries on the 15 mtr cw novice band -I had a Blast as a Novice _ I saved up for 2 yrs and bought a SB102 Heatkkit -I still have it- from shoveling snow cutting raking lawns and painting fences and pourches,same yr I met Jacques Cousteau on the pilot boat,I was the Line man in the summer on the Sally Mae
Jacques was a wonderful fellow -the Sally Mae pulled along side the Calypso and on board he was-he had to fly back home -he knew about amateur radio -that was where I grew up in Port Huron Michigan-lived 2 city blocks from Lake Huron and the St.Clair River-I knew 4 Greatlakes Capts. Chuck Hislop"s father was a Captain on a freighter,Chuck was the 1st mate,Jerry Knox,was 2nd mate on the Sally Mae, my father repaired their Cris Craft boats and painted their houses inside and out ..IN the Spring of 1973- USN. I think All amateurs Should have A Working knowledge of Morse,Sad day when the FCC Ended Morse Proficiency !.Our License exams have become easy to obtain,Listen to all Purposeful Interference.
This lessons the enjoyment of All,creates chaos-We need to recruit more Mentors, .I like to contact special event stations they have interesting QSL cards the stamps and post makes are neat to .I ride my Harley Davidson motorcycles as much as possible,been riding a HD since I was 17 yrs old, Ive ridden metrics and have owned Triumph and Moto Guzzi bikes.My favorite is fishing Walleye Trout in the many good waters we have in Mich.,I fly fish.bird hunt ,deer hunt,and waterfowell,tie my own flies, scuba dive ,Judo studies ,study the sun and universe,astronomy am a rockhound,try to watercolour paint. I have a Rotweiller,Jack Russell Terrier and a cat ,they are Bruno,Rusty
and Rollex,Rollex came from the shelter really a neat fellow, all are a great joy.
" Contest's" "QRMtesting"..... that's what I call IT.
Most of the Worlds Best Amateur Radio Operators are Contesters,,,,,,
Dxer's and Message Handlers.
I get annoyed when QRMtesters Just Blast you Out....take over the frequency
Without Asking Is This Freq. Being Used ..? Greater Than Life #ok Not Every
Weekend......Many Times I have "been" Purposefully Interfered upon.
Really.....Somewhere there's a QRMtest happening.....
Contesters have some of the Best Amateur Radio Stations in the World,
Operating style and technique,Wonderful Antenna Farms..... Just Fantastic.
These fellows Know how to make QSO after QSO.They Are Most Learned Radio Operators.
I Get on air and give out a few QSOs .... to these Big Gun Operators,Stations,
It Is a wonderful Time to Experiment with your filters,antennas,give out a rare
area....look for needed contacts for Awards (Paper Hunting)...QRP...
Or That Greater Than Life # .Enjoy, Good Luck, DX ... WFWL....
I do Not make contacts for points,very few exceptions.
I am in competition with my own stations abilities
Any Contact with a Remote Station on HF is NULL and Void
with this Amateur station...... NO Contact.....NO QSL.....NO LOTW
I Collect REAL Paper QSLs.All my logs are Open for QSLs paper,LOTW,Bureau.
I have gotten requests for a QSL from the 70s...,My logs Will be open till
SK and amateur radio license is expired. No E QSL ..No Facebook,No Twitter.
Life Member ARRL .O.O.ARRL VEC /Instructor .A-1 Operator.
Paul CW IS A-1 WoulfHong....RTTYSnitch Get with It.
'Life Is Our Dictionary' Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am looking for amateur radio license plates to finish off my WAS collection,
I need CT,NMX,AK,AR,MT,MD,RI,NJ,DE,NV,GA,WVA,NC,VT,ME-ANY WILL BE
NICE -I CAN RE-EMBURSE SHIPPING,ALL AND ANY PLATE WILL BE
GREATLY APPRECIATED-THEY WILL BE DISPLAYED IN REC ROOM.I collect License plates
from other countries also,PLEASE send me your old plate.DO NOT TRASH IT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I have been a VEC/VE since the very early yrs-since 1980 I think- a good program
for all involved
Calling CQ DX-I do this often-I will NOT ANSWER ANYONE STATESIDE
CQ DX MEANS DX-DISTANCE OUT OF THE USA ..OFF....North American
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed
You must have at time, thought into the past,
Where some things go out, while others last,
What comes to my mind is the Old Morse Code,
That has weathered the storms from any abode,
To talk with ones fingers, is surely an art,
Of any info you care to impart,
In most conditions the signals get thru,
While the same about phone is simply not true.
Those dits and dahs cut through the trash,
Of nearby noise or lightning's crash,
To the sensitive ears of the ham receiver,
Who records this data with ardent fever.
He knows he's doing something unique,
(in such poor conditions, that's quite a feat!)
To roger the message that came off the air,
These brass pounders sure do have that flair.
They say Morse ops are a dying breed,
But don't despair, there's always that need,
That when conditions get rough for the new automation,
Be rest assured, there'll be need for your station.
CW is dying? Believe it never,
This mode will be 'round forever and ever,
But one thing is sure, what we really need,
Is to relay our knowledge to the younger breed.
To carry the torch, long after we're gone,
To send Morse Code thru the air like a song,
When at last, Silent Keys pull that final lever,
We can rest in peace, it's CW FOREVER!
Jim Hatherley, WA1TBY, 7/4/85