WA1VRB QSL Card image


First licensed in the late '60s as WN3MEV, then upgrading to Advanced Class as WA3MEV; changing to a New England area call sign in the '70s to the current WA1VRB.

Started off operating CW ( Morse code ) on the 40m band, using borrowed Heathkit and then modified ARC-5 gear from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Taught Morse Code and electronic theory while councilor-in-training at Camp Skycrest near Honesdale in the Pocono region of Pennsylvania during the summer of 1969 so that the boys could take the Novice license exam. Modified a surplus TBX-2 for operation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but mostly used the club station at W1MX - the MIT Radio Society while at school.

After a fallow period of other demands of life, currently check into the Boston area traffic nets on 2m FM some nights to handle messages into and out of the National Traffic System (NTS), and listen to the MIT Repeater while driving locally. Looking forward to the annual Field Day exercise.

When able, I participate in Public Service events, having provided communications assistance for the Y2K rollover and the Boston Marathon 2000-2004. Also do communications for the Monster Challenge Triathlon and on a lifeguard boat for practice runs of Head of the Charles Regatta. On Third Sundays during the warmer months I help out at the MIT Swapfest which is a combination museum, bazaar, antique show, and hi-tech party.
CQ in Morse Code

Do It Yourself

Those little rubber-ducky antennas on hand-held transcievers are compact and convenient, but are not the best radiators. My signal into the more distant repeaters and for local 2m simplex operation was improved considerably when I assembled a twin-lead J-Pole antenna; there are many instructions around the Web, these two are easy to follow, in your choice of graphical instructions. or in text with typewriter graphics.


This page is http://www.mit.edu/people/ijs/wa1vrb.html
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Original June, 2000.
Last modified: Nov 19 08:03 2004 / Ishmael the Fiddler