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I was born in 1945 and was first licensed as KN3WWP in April of 1963. I upgraded to General in the fall of 1963, and to Extra when incentive licensing came along in 1968. From 1963 to 1973 I spent most of my hamming in county hunting, contesting, and rag chewing. In 1966 I co-founded the CW County Hunters Net with WA8EOH. The story of the creation of the net is in the county hunting section of my web site.

I started work at WPIT in Pittsburgh in 1969, and continued working there until 1993. That cut down on my hamming, keeping me off the air entirely for several years. I was able to get in some hamming from 1981 to 1983. I continued my county hunting, rag chewing, and contesting. It was then that the 30 meter band became available to amateurs. It quickly became one of my favorites and remains so today.

In the early part of 1993, WPIT was sold, and all the employees were released. I decided to semi-retire. About that time, my friend Eric (who is now KB3BFQ - NAQCC #2345) wanted to know all about ham radio, and we put my station back together and I got on the air again. I've made at least one QRP QSO each day starting August 5, 1994 when Eric suggested I see how many consecutive days I could make a QSO using QRP. The "streak" is now over 22 years (at 8,216 days as of 31-Jan-2017) and going strong. It will continue until something beyond my control brings it to an end.

My total number of QSOs (all CW with QRP and simple wire antennas) since returning to the air in 1993 is around 69,000 of which over 22,500 are DX QSOs. Included are QSOs from 225 DX entities, all 50 states, all continents (including Antarctica), and 36 of 40 CQ zones. That's over 88,000 QSO's since 1963 (all CW except for 3 SSB and 2 AM QSO's in 1969 testing other hams' rigs for them.)

I have a concurrent daily DX streak which started March 1, 2013 and is now over 1,400 days and also going strong. As the sunspot cycle declines it is taking a little longer each day to find and work DX, although it is not anywhere near being impossible. If it gets to taking too much time, I probably will end that streak (but not the main one, of course).

All above stats are current as of Feb 2, 2017.

I am the co-founder and former Vice-President (#0002) of the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) that promotes the use of CW at QRP power on the ham bands. The founder and former President is Tom Mitchell, WY3H (#0001, ex-KB3LFC). The NAQCC web site is at http://naqcc.info/. You can sign up there to join and help us preserve CW on the bands by participating in our sprints, monthly challenges, and awards program. Lifetime membership is completely FREE with no obligations other than to be active using CW on the ham bands. The NAQCC Awards program includes the following (with my award number in parentheses):
WAC (0001)
WAS (0003)
DXCC (0001)
1000MPW (0001, 0022, 0023, 0052, 0053, 0083)
KMPW (0002)
QSO-A-Day (0001 for each full year from 2005 through the present)
2XQRP (0001)
Alphabet Prefix-USA (0001)
Alphabet-Prefix-World (0001)
Friendship Club (0001)
Participation (each year 2005 through the present)
Suffix Words (0002)

WAVE (0001) with Yukon endorsement

I am very active in the NAQCC(#0002)and FISTS (#2002), two great organizations that promote CW use on the ham bands. I also belong to,but am not very active in,the following amateur radio organizations: A-1 OP, ARS #285, AK QRP #010, ARRL, NJ QRP #53, NorCal QRP, OTC, QRP ARCI #1880, RCC, SOWP #5686TA, 10-10 #66579.

I hold the following awards and endorsements in addition to the NAQCC awards listed above: ARRL WAS (QRP CW 40M), IARU WAC (QRP CW), ARRL DXCC (CW), CQ USA-CA 1500 (CW), CQ WPX (CW 160M 80M 40M NA HONOR-ROLL), FISTS Century, FISTS Century QRP #002, FISTS Century 2XQRP #001, FISTS Platinum #220, FISTS Silver Century #310, FISTS Golden Century #198, FISTS Diamond Century #92, FISTS Millionaire.

I hold the following code proficiency certificates: ARRL CP-35, SOWP-40 WPM.

I wrote a monthly QRP column for nearly 20 years for the FISTS newsletter, Keynote until retiring in 2014. All the columns are available on my web site.

Keynote cover picture

In addition to hamming, I like fishing, computing, astronomy, meteorology, and walking. I hope you'll visit my web site and learn more about CW operation with minimal QRP.

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