Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happy 100th ARRL!

Centennial_Banner_Art[1]“In 2014, join ARRL in celebrating 100 years of “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio.” Founded in 1914, ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. Today, with more than 160,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world.” … For events celebrating this milestone, see: http://www.arrl.org/centennial

W5VE is a proud member of the ARRL.

 

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Talking to Hollywood

A demonstration of using Echolink (see http://echolink.org/ for details. Echolink allows licensed radio amateur operators to operate radios all over the world using the Internet with this free program. This is the Windows 7 version but I also have an app on my Galaxy S5 phone which does the same.

 

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Happy Hamming Anniversary!

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My first amateur radio license!

I’ve been continuously licensed as a “ham” radio operator for 51 years as of May 22, 2014. Kept this license (Novice, WN4NUO) for only a few months, then upgraded to Conditional to get voice privileges (call became  WA4NUO). In 1970, took and passed the Advanced class license. Finally decided to go for Amateur Extra (the highest class) this year and changed call to W5VE. Have made thousands of contacts in more than a hundred countries over the years. Also held the callsign DL4RR while in the army in Germany in the late 60s and was in command of AB8AAR (MARS) in Vietnam 1969-70.

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My QSL Card, 1960s

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Found one of my old QSL cards from the 1960s in the Rare & Unique Digital Collections at N.C. State University: “QSL Card from WA4NUO, Alexander, N.C., to W4ATC, NC State Student Amateur Radio.” … I attended NC State in the 60s and was a member of the W4ATC ham club. … See here.

QSL cards resemble postcards. Hams exchange them to verify contacts for the purposes of contests, certificates such as WAS (Worked All States), or just for fun.

I think I always like this QSL design best of the several versions I had back in the day. Now, gotta design one for W5VE.

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CQ DX

20120727_151711[1]WA4NUO QSL Cards … before the Internet there was amateur (“ham”) radio (and by golly, it’s still here). I got my first call letters in 1963. When we make contact with other hams, we exchange QSL cars (like postcards) to confirm the contact. There are contests (like DXCC for talking to 100 countries or more, which I have), etc. Here are some of my many overseas QSLs, still on the wall of the room I used for my “radio shack” between 1963 and 1975 or so.

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DL4RR, best mobile ever!

M113 APCMy best mobile setup ever. In the 3rd Armored Div. in Germany in 1967-68, I was assigned (as the radio operator) to a M577 command track (like the one pictured). We had both HF and UHF on board, including teletype. I was WA4NUO then but also in Germany I held the callsign DL4RR. I made lots of contacts on lonely boring nights while out on training exercises. Only time I got in trouble was over an East German QSL card that came in the mail and some busybody reported me. Luckily, the investigating officer’s father was a ham and he understood. 😉

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AB8AAR MARS station, Vietnam

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AB8AAR, Quan Loi, Vietnam

This is the story of my ham radio experience under fire in ground combat.

I served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, 1968-70. During most of that time I was first the assistant operations sergeant (E-5), 2nd BN, 7th Cavalry (George Armstrong Custer’s old outfit), then promoted to Order of Battle Specialist for 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (callsign: Cold Steel 2 Mike Delta). Tactical intelligence. Had a “good” war. Did not get wounded and won the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, some other decorations.

Getting close to rotating home, the Army offered what I thought was a real deal …

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