Guestbook Entries - 2018
Thanks for the website... so much here to read and utilize...
Glad to hear about the N Guage RR! Yes, you can build an empire RR with a small sheet of plywood but yes,
it's hard on our aging eyes, hi. FB on the trolley excursion. Good u have a pal like Mike!
If I find some N Guage stock at the antique (junque) stores I'll mail it too you free as a gift.
I at one time had 30 odd pieces of N including 2 or 3 Chessie and CSX engines.
Never got to have a layout and lost all in moves. Later got hired by Conrail as an Loco Elctrician at Buckeye Yard here in Columbus.
I work for CSX now at Parsons Yd. Buckeye is an NS yard which is mostly shuttered. The fueling/servicing station
where I worked is long gone. Busy 3 hrs 7 nites a week overtime running intermodal trains. I make sure the engines are inspected,
repaired if need be and ready to pull freight. A kid's dream come true career. Pulled us outta poverty in '99.
Have 5 yrs to go til retirement. 73 fer now... lane de n8aft ..
Poca, WV, VHF grid EM-98
Howdy!!!! Heard about your site via listening to a 2M repeater QSO and Dave, WV8DH, told about your site. So, I've checked it out.
You have a lot a good patience to do what you are doing as long as you have, but it certainly pays off.
BTW, Sporadic E should be coming for winter season. Are you active in 12M, 10M, and 6M, QRP QSO's? Passing thought.
73, and I hope to catch you on the bands one day.
Very interesting website. Please keep up the very good work. HOWEVER be sure to take the time to enjoy your family first. The very best of
the season to you and your family and friends.
Fun site to explore...I look forward to reading more!
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Palm Bay, Fl
I enjoy QRP, while camping, and riding by recumbent trike. Thank you for the website.
Good work! By the way my email would not be accepted by the site, even though it is valid. Might need to check you code.
Robert Allan Calandra
Maplewood, New Jersey
US Navy veteran Radioman destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DD 932) licensed since 1964
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Enjoy reading your webpage.
I came across your site while searching QRP kits and info, I am in the process of learning CW, I think your site will be a big help.
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Bob Daney, Jr
I just discovered your web page. Wonderful. I do CW QRP too!
Hey John. Good to see you still at it! 73 Dan Ex KE3WH
I have been trying to learn CW off and on for about two years now, I improve a little each week. I have been using LCWO, I have my
settings at 20 wpm with actual speed set at 5 wpm. CW has always been something that I have always wanted to learn. I am not the sharpest
knife in the kitchen. I did not think I could pass the Tech exam, but I did, did not think I could pass the General exam, but I did, did
not think I was able to pass the Amateur Extra exam, but I did. Now When I can learn to copy at 15 to 18 wpm I then can say I am a Ham
Radio operator. Thank you all that promote Cw operation, and the kind support all CW operators have given me in my journey. So if you here
me on the air struggling along, you can just grin and know it is the guy that said he could not, but he keeps trying, and know some day I
will become a Ham Radio operator. --... ...--
Chula Vista, CA
I look forward to reading your website. Thank you. Chuck
Fantastic site! After about 20 yrs away from amateur radio I'm going to jump back in. My proudest moments are when I made CW QSO's. Those
QSL cards are treasures now. I used Code Quick to learn CW and was able to pass the 13 WPM test. I'm brushing up now. It's coming back,
but nowhere close to where I was before dropping out. 73
Phuket Island Thailand
very nice site
Thanks,John for the information provided from your logbook qso's.Your perseverance and dedication to this great hobby is testament to the
fact that contacts can be made over a long term basis,regardless of our position in solar cycle propagation.
Bartlesville, OK, USA
Enjoying the website! Thanks for the update to your antenna. BTW, could you advise what switches were used to replace the clips? I could
not identify them from the photo.
Currently learning CW, and becoming familiar with my FT450D radio. Studying for General. Plan on attending Quartzfest in January. Became a
ham with CW in mind to keep my retired mind active.
John: Have been an NAQCC member for some time. Mostly I participate in the FRN nets here on the West Coast. About 6 months ago I took the
plunge and got an Elecraft KX3 / PX3 combo. Boy, am I glad I did. Boatloads of fun, fun, fun.. Best rig I have ever owned. At any rate, I
wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your KX3 review this afternoon. Until reading that article, I had forgotten the
rig would do dual watch. Since I do most of my ham work of late with various Nets (big surprise given the dismal sunspot situation of
late) its not surprising that I forgot all about that feature. Your comments regarding the usefulness of the PX3 to scan the band for
signals is spot on. I think the PX3 is probably the best tool I have to do this. My IC-7600 is a great QRO radio, but I prefer the PX3 for
that function. The only improvement I would recommend is that Elecraft put a few more text lines at the bottom. It would make it a bit
easier to keep track of things during busy times . I am thinking about getting the companion amp the KXPA100 just because I may want to
work some DX with this little rig. I use the on-board paddle with mine and I have the KX3/PX3 sitting on the knock down North Georgia QRP
Club's wooden stand. Great little item. It holds everything in just the right location, and is ultra-portable to boot. Take care, John.
Your website is awesome! 73's de Charles, KW6G
Bonita Springs, Florida
Hi, John - Great website! I'm 75, born Camden, NJ. Learned morse in boy scouts. Navy radio op 1961-1964, 2 years shore duty
Japan 90+ % CW. Got out then reenlisted 1973, Navy aircrewman submarine hunter. Flew from USS Enterprise in Lockheed S-3A Vikiing, 1976-77.
Met a ham onboard who was running a Heath HW-101. At his insistance I ran a cw class for 6 shipmates that were going for novice.
Left Enterprise with his HW-101 and Hustler vertical. Got novice in 1977 and operated 77 in San Diego and part of 78 in Maryland.
Didn't upgrade and was QRT until Florida in 2013. Retired Navy, Jan 1990. Got Tech, June 24, 2013, General July 15, 2013 and on air
July 16 with Icom-706 and Carolina Windom ant. Have logged (by hand) over 10,000 CW QSO's since. I log everything. Am member of
SKCC but not FISTS - need to do that! Built my KX-3 in 2015 and like you, LOVE it! I also am heavily involved in vhf/uhf local nets
and ARES/RACES work. Favorite antennas - Wires and Windoms and my MFJ Big Ears! Anyway, thanks again for an excellent website, John.
73, Robert AKA Popeye. All my ham buddies know me as Popeye.
thirty years in the navy as a radioman. unfortunate just about all comms turned to ssb, but i still do cw whenever possible.
Problem now is Now i only have ICOM 706 but it still works on cw.
Very nice site. Have not visited you here before.
Hi, I really enjoy your website. Your commitment to QRP motivates me to get back to it. When I first returned to ham radio in Jan '16 after
abt 40 year layoff I only worked QRP. My only rig was an ft-817 for a good while. Now I also have an FTDX-1200 and while I really enjoy it
I miss the fun and challenge of being completely QRP. I am completely CW only and am a member of CW OPS and a graduate of CW academy
levels 2 and 3. It's a great group. Thanks for promoting CW QRP! Hope to QSO sometime! 73
Hello John, I am sorry to hear of the DX streak coming to an end. You have done a BEAUTIFUL job of showing all what CW and wires can do.
Congratulations! I will ride along and read your writings as I have for years. 73 cul de Paul N0NBD
Dixie Inn, Louisiana
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Cedar Park, TX
The two biggest mistakes I made in ham Radio...
First, was the purchase of a KWM-2 in '62. My second and last mistake was not buying a K2. Please
don't make the same mistakes as I. Enjoy ham Radio!
Hi John, I know we've worked many times in the Sprints but was great to meet you at the Breeze
Shooters Hamfest on June 2nd. Take care and thanks for doing
what you're doing to promote Ham Radio & especially what QRP is capable of.
73 from N.C. Mark WG8Y
Phenomonal amount of work done here by K3WWP!!!! I will be back for some of the articles cited
here as well as to check back on some of the items that I have no doubt missed in my excitement in
reviewing this material!! Thank you for doing all of this work and making it available to all of us
Lake St Louis MO
Enjoy your site daily and continue to be inspired by your streak and other activities. Keep it up!
beaver falls, pa
Great Meeting you, mike and tom at the breezeshooters hamfest. Your rig and its performance was eye-opening.
Hope to be seeing/hearing you and the remaining area qrp's in the near future.
Thanks for sharing
Glad I found your site!
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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It has been quite awhile since I signed the guestbook however I do check this site on a regular
basis. Started as a Novice 47 years ago and still find thrills with working CW. There is something
about hearing my call come back over the air it captivates and electrifies me. Thanks John for all
your wonderful work maintaining this helpful site. 73 Jim, W5JCS
What do you use for antennas? tnx
bainbridge island, WA
Good afternoon. Visiting interesting sites. Wannabe QRP nut. Also have a very bad case of put
offitis. Plenty of QRP rigs on the operating bench. biggest need to finally get a working antenna.
I have VHF/UHF hand helds. On the QRP / HF side of the shack. KX-3, KX-2, IC-703 and a LNR 11 band
rig. Rounding out the radios is an FT-817. Mike WN5PMR with 52 years of ham radio under my belt.
Garry M Davis
Just returning to code after being away from radio for 30+ years.
Neat site. I'll have to spend more time reading thru it. I hope to work you on the bands some day.
Sydney Mines NS
Just thought I'd drop your club a line and wish you all the best dxing.....maybe soon will get the
signal to cooperate and we can have a HF QSO...have a good Easter holiday and good Dxing......Cheers Earl
I am glad that I found your site and the information about CW procedures is extremely valuable for
me..As yet, I am not on the air yet as I just in the beginning stages of setting up the
shack and dealing with antennas and their placement...I’m 72 years old, and looking forward to my
first QSO...but I don’t want to go on the air without a good idea of the proper procedures. I was
a Navy radioman who never used CW once I got out of radio school...MY CW QSO is pretty high on my
bucket list....Thnks for the info. Dennis. KN4KTT
Staten Island, NY
Hope to be on cw soon
mint hill nc
Very nice site, could you provide a link to swr ckt build ? onw that works with qrp ? (1 w or less)
Bayville , NJ
I just came across your site and wanted to say, " Nice Job!" Bookmarked and I will be
back. Chris K2HVE, Bayville (Ocean Co.), NJ
Learned about this site from K7SU website. 73!
ANGEL M ALMODOVAR
Thanks for your dedication on promoting cw. Licensed in 2013 but never get into cw until may 2017.
Now cw in my 100 percent method of ham communication. And never exceding 5 watts another
challenge. My qrp ft 817nd is great. 73 DE N4SNI.
John, Thanks for the QSO the other night and my streak for the year continues. 72, Marty NR3Z
I have been learning CW for the past year, sending at 20
wpm using paddles, But to be honest with my self I can only copy at around 10 WPM and even at that
I get lost. I have checked in to some phone nets using CW and most were able to copy and reply
back using voice. Still try to spend an hour a day copying and slowly making progress. I do enjoy
CW. And for me anyway all the computer/armature radio combined together is not for me, I guess you
could say I am a purest --... ...-- -.- . -. .-.-.-
San Antonio, Texas
John, Thanks for all you are doing to inspire fellow Hams to use QRP. I have been running QRP for
30 years but don't have the results that you have. It is amazing on what you have done. Keep the
great work up. Richard Swanson, K0RDS
02/06/2018,Ron,Milford Center, OH,NX8Y,"I enjoy checking on your streak from time to time. Any
more, I'm a DX chaser (QRO as needed) and am trying to make Honor Roll before I kick the bucket.
I enjoy QRP/CW and am happy to have found the NAQCC (#6132) a few years back. Thank you for your
dedication to our hobby and promoting CW. Our local club consists mostly of the VHF group and
only a couple interested in CW. I try to convince them but they're barely interested in HF, let
alone CW. Take care and keep the streak going...it's quite an accomplishment. You'll probably be
in "The Guinness Book of World Records" someday. 73, Ron NX8Y
Kim "Chip" Levings
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Thanks for helping promote CW. We need to keep the skill alive and encourage new CW operators.
Back to CW after 12 years. Need to get rig setup again, Never was an accomplished CW'er but
always enjoyed it. Never have worked voice.
Clearview, washington state
Nice website. Thank you for all your work on qrp and cw radio transmissions. I've recently
discovered how easy it is to make contacts with five watts or less. Very interesting, not much
difference between 5 watts and 50 watts. 73 Dave WA7AXT.
Thanks for your Christian witness about 'Brain Power' vs man made computer tech. I also like your
nativity at Christmas... Hope work you again around sunset QRP 3560kHz. having much fun there
before my long nap of the day. Having lots of fun QRP with big es small tube TX's here. Some are
HB rigs, newest is a 6C4/6AQ5 cake pan. Keep inspiring us OM QRP, CW and other topics. 72 / 73
lane de n8aft.
Loved your persistence in the QST article."