I may be talking to you from the mobile, where the rig is an Icom IC-7000, an LDG AT-7000 autotuner and a Hustler antenna for the band we’re on. So far, I have worked 82 DX countries and 49 states (still looking for KL7) from the mobile. Best DX to date is South Africa on 75 SSB, and another mobile in Australia on 20 SSB!
In VHF/UHF and other contests you’ll work W3BC/ROVER. We usually activate the relatively rare grids of FN00, FN01, FN10 and FN11, and sometimes we’ll set up on the highest point of EN90 and/or EN91. Recently, we’ve experimented in EM99, FM09 and FM19 with encouraging results. Activating the Quad-Counties of Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron during the PA QSO Party has become a priority as well. We are continuing and expanding our roving efforts, including more grids, bigger and better antennas and additional bands and contests.
From the time I was 5 or 6, I knew I wanted to be a ham. Having only limited resources I built a crystal set. Later, using an Arvin clock radio, I became a BCB-DXer, collecting many BC QSL cards from across the country. I even signed up with the Popular Electronics SWL club and received the “callsign,” WPE3GVZ.
I was first licensed as WN3FOZ in March 1966. I made new friends on the air in such faraway places as Monaca, PA, and in New York, Vestal and Jamestown. I had many ham radio adventures, and had a lot of fun building various projects from parts scavenged from discarded color TVs.
In May of 1967, I passed the General exam at the FCC auxiliary office in Pittsburgh. I received my license and a new call, WA3IHK in June, 1967. Back then, the next step up was Extra class, which required a two-year wait as General followed by a 20wpm Morse sending and receiving test, and the same level of electronics theory as the First Class Radiotelephone; the Novice was only good for one year and you could only hold it once.
After graduating high school in 1970, I attended Penn State at the DuBois Undergraduate Center. While there, I worked with WA3GQU, WA3HSE and WA3HPE to rebuild the “Amateur Shortwave Radio Station” in the “Mansion.” We held a Field Day ounting at the DuBois Monument, atop the hill behind the college.
In 1972, I upgraded to Advanced Class at the FCC Buffalo Field Office. At the Penn State Main Campus, I became a member of the Penn State Amateur Radio Club, and helped move and rebuild WA3HCG, and worked with Doug Brede, WA3JIH (W3AS) to obtain the . I was elected station manager at K3CR. I tTaught code and theory classes, participated in public service communications, built the SB-220 amplifier at K3CR, 1971-75.
Returning to DuBois, I founded The Quad-County ARC in April 1975. Through the following years, I was a frequently serving club officer, and edited The Parasitic Emission newsletter. In November 1976, I passed the 2nd Class Commercial Radiotelephone Operator exam in Buffalo.
Winter weather couldn’t stop me from passing the 1st Class Commercial Radiotelephone exam in Buffalo, while surviving the January 1977 Great Blizzard with WA3UFN and his trusty, highly secure International Scout. On my final trip to the Buffalo FCC Field Office, I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class in July 1979.
I taught Electronics Technology at Jeff Tech beginning in 1979, and licensed more than a few hams from among my students. I served as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, and taught many licensing classes all over the four county area from 1975-85.
Beginning in 1986, I went into business as a Consulting Broadcast Engineer, serving over 30 radio stations all over the Western Pennsylvania area. I designed and built 14 studios and transmitter sites for both new and existing stations from 1986-96. In 1996, I moved to Pittsburgh to teach electronics at Parkway West AVTS and computer applications at the Community College of Allegheny County.
Since the summer of 2009, I’ve resumed publishing The Parasitic Emission Amateur Radio Newsletter. I provide the newsletter free of charge to interested amateurs in a 15-county area of western-central Pennsylvania.
I’m a member of the Steel City ARC (W3KWH), the Quad-County ARC (N3QC), the Punxsutawney Area ARC (K3HWJ), the Elk County Amateur Radio Association (N3NIA), ARRL, AOPA, NRA, SKCC, Breezeshooters and more. I am active on HF, VHF, UHF, SSB, CW, Digital and repeaters. To this day, I still enjoy listening on my many receivers, and designing and building antennas, radios and homebrew vacuum tube projects.