VW Bus Amateur Radio Communications Van
I received my first radio amateur license in 1967 as WB4IOA. Upon moving to Pennsylvania, I changed that to W3IOA, and then about a year later to W3AF when I upgraded to Extra.
I presently live in Virginia Beach, VA, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay
I am a computer database consultant professionally (mostly retired), and I'm also a licensed private pilot (Commercial/Instruments/SMEL). I also hold a USCG 100 Ton Masters License.
I operate on HF with an ICOM 756 Pro. Living in a townhouse community, i mostly use a GAP Challenger Vertical, switching occasionally to a multi-band dipole in the attic as conditions dictate.
Most of my hamming time is spent either on 17 Meters or on PSK31 on almost any band. I hunt just enough DX that you may find me anywhere.
I also have a VW Bus (Westfalia Camper) that I use as a Radio Amateur Communications Van, where I run a YAESU FT100D with an ATAS-120A screwdriver that is really fantastic. It is complete with an auxilary battery, a PowerPole distribution panel, inverter and pushup fiberglass mast to allow multiple HF stations to operate from inside at the same time.
Of course, the usual collection of HT's, mostly from Kenwood.
Please QSL either direct, via the bureau or Logbook Of The World. All my logs are updated to LoTW about once a month. I rarely participate in eQSL.
You can also click here to search my online logs(also updated monthly).
73 de Robert, W3AF