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Thomas F. Peluso

New Brighton 15066
United States, PA

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Call data

Last update:2019-05-15 00:40:52
Main prefix:K
Class:Amateur Extra
Federal state:PA
US county:Beaver
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:566873

QSL data

Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no



NOVICE - WB3JGD (approx. 1977) --- My Elmer was WB3BRA - Tom K. of Fennville, Michigan

GENERAL - Federal Building - Pittsburgh, PA (approx. 1978)

ADVANCED - Federal Building - Buffalo, NY (approx. 1979)

EXTRA - Holiday House - Monroeville, PA (approx. 1980)

Commercial FCC Tickets - also completed at Holiday House - Monroeville, PA FCC sessions. (early 1980s) Also hold NABER and NARTE certifications.

All my exams were taken in front of FCC examiners BEFORE the VE and CE programs. Remember back then when you REALLY had to study and work hard for a license? Do you recall when you planned to attend an FCC test session months or a even a year in advance? Can you think back to when you traveled to distant cities to take those exams? I do. I did!!!

I worked in R&D electronics for Westinghouse and then Eaton Corporations at their Development and Tech Centers. Besides my work in design and development, I was also a technical writer and managed the EMC lab there. My specialty is electro-magnetic compliance. (see below) That long career was interupted recently by a major health issue. I would love to go back to the office, but I'm getting real use to this "sleeping late" gig!!!

Resume is also littered with teaching Con-Ed classes at the Beaver County Community College... photography...electronic sales and service... computer sales and service... musician... chef... laborer... fast food fry cook... stock boy.... delivery guy... paperboy and Kool Aid stand owner/operator.

ARRL (life member 40+ years) --- AMSAT (life member 40+ years) --- IEEE --- NARTE --- NABER

I'm also trustee of the Pittsburgh Chapter of my company's ham radio club... EARS (Eaton Amateur Radio Society) - K3ETN formerly KB3PMP. I also am a past President and officer in my local Amateur Radio clubs.

US Army MARS (held AAR3YF) --- Brass Pounders League --- 10-10 International (#22460) --- QCWA --- Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Assn. (BVARA - W3SGJ) --- Triple A Amateur Radio Assn. (TAARA - WW3AAA) --- ARES --- RACES --- VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) --- Civil Air Patrol

Too many to mention, but mainly: WAZ, WAS, DXCC (over 300 worked) , 5BWAS, 5BDXCC, and the 1982 recipient of the George L. Boardman Memorial AMATEUR OF THE YEAR award.

Many ARRL positions including OO, ORS, etc. Candidate for various Section positions. ARRL & W5YI VE. National Radio Examiners (NRE) Pittsburgh Region Testing Coordinator (commercial)

Started the Beaver Valley 10-10 Chapter with eight others... (It's presently QRT, but watch for its return!!!)

Founder of Digital Communications of Beaver County (DCBC)... a group used to develop packet radio and other forms of digital communication techniques. It's QRT now. What a shame. Digital modes are very cool.

A Volunteer Examination coordinator since the inception of the VE program in 1983... We did our first session in 1984 when the program actually began and were the most active group in the entire Tri-State area (PA/OH/WV). ARRL VE Team #557 had over 30 examiners working for it back in the heyday... Sometimes, we had five FILLED classrooms testing simultaneously. It's been said that I have licensed more folks than the Department of Transportation! We were affiliated with no club and our VEs came from many different clubs in the Tri-State area. We rejected all ham radio politics that brutally divided the WPA Section for so long. Fond memories exist of some of the fine men who worked hard on that team and have now passed... George Gaydos, Sam LaPenta, Ora LaPenta, Carmen LaPenta, Lou Ugoletti...and others. These folks define Amateur Radio. They were dedicated teachers and the finest examples of what a "ham" is supposed to be.

I also am the Regional Exam Coordinator (Pittsburgh region) for FCC commercial licensing. Like with Amateur Radio, the FCC outsourced commercial testing as well. We had regular programs with Duquesne Light, Bell Atlantic, Geneva College, USAirways, Duquesne University, CCBC School of Aviation and the Army Reserves.

I was editor of an award winning, Amateur Radio, nationally distributed newsletter.

I hold a 45 wpm code proficiency certification from W1AW Qualifying Runs. I couldn't do it THAT fast anymore, but I could still pass the 20 wpm test. I failed the 20 wpm test the first time I took it, so I put away the microphone and did nothing but pound CW for 6 months. It works amazingly well. All those that say they could never do Morse or claim it to be an outdated mode... Well, those are just excuses and indicative of that person's true amateur radio spirit. I am happy that I still hear CW on the bands today... sadly a dying tradition in the history of amateur radio.

And I owe ham radio a big debt in the fact that it led to a fascinating career. You can read about that on my old webpage, but I think its host went QRT. If it works again, I'll show the URL.

DXing, Sweepstakes, chats on VHF with friends, Field Day, digital modes.

The laxing then removal of code requirements... The releasing of theory question pools... The FCC giving up the testing process... The restructuring of the licenses available... Do YOU remember the days when you really had to WORK for an Amateur Radio license instead of getting one out of the gumball machine in the front of K-Mart? In the past, you bought a copy of Robert L. Schrader's "Electronic Communication" and buried your face in it for months on end. The only time you took a break was when you were copying Morse Code from W1AW trying to get your speed up.

The W3SGJ/R (145.31) repeater we put on as a bunch of kids in the BVARA. It is STILL there and has superior coverage in WPA. We didn't do it first, but we did it, we think, BETTER.

Rudy, W3CXX - A.K.A. N3XX and originally 8CXX - I have wonderful memories about this man whom I visited every Saturday night on the way home from church. I could write a book about his exploits as a ham.

"BUFU" now a silent key. I won't mention his call as it was fraudulently obtained... as were those of his wife, mother and father. He took over one of the local radio clubs and ruled it with an iron fist. He was an Amateur Radio dictator and legend in his own mind. I could type for forty days and forty nights trying to tell you of his illicit activities.

* * * POTPOURRI * * *

KL7GKY on 160... U2MIR... The Space Shuttle... Various celebs... even royalty!!!

Rev. Jim Jones (Jonestown, Guyana) - WB6MID/8R3 and their sister station in Georgetown WB6MNH/8R1 - MANY TIMES! I actually talked to Jones and others that were known to use the radio there. Recently, I was contacted about my chats with the Guyana Kool Aid crew. This person was Josef Dieckman, KC7CCF, who has a fascinating website about Jim Jones and ham radio use by the People's Temple. Sniff this: (I think all GeoCities links fail now.)

Now go here to their logbooks and see one of my QSOs with them (under my old call - WB3JGD) on Page 171. (I think this site might be QRT also.)

I forget his call, but I can look it up later. He was in California and it was on 40 meter CW. I never got a QSL, but his landlord, who intercepted my QSL cards, told me to contact him if I should hear from this guy. It seems he owed considerable back rent!!!

Running 9 million phone patches for the guys down at the Amundsen-Scott Station (KC4AAA, South Pole) at Christmas time in 1978 or '79... when they relied on hams for their personal communications. I was up for like 20 hours straight and then Kenny Castlelucci (W3GAE) took over for me for another marathon session. (How come they sent HIM the plaque in thanks? - hahahahahahaha)

Being on the other end of a pileup when I operated ARS W6RO aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. (Pictures below) *Fun Fact* - In 1970, I toured the original Queen Elizabeth when it visited Port Everglades, FL. I visited its radio room, but was not yet a ham.

I also considered the annual Field Day contest to be extremely fun. A weekend in the woods with your friends... camping... operating... drinking (hi hi)... *Highlights* KF3X sitting alone out in the woods at 3AM pounding out Beatles' tunes on his guitar and singing worse than the Mad Dog he was drunk on... WB1BSU terminating a raccoon raiding our food with one shot... Me launching fireworks... N3FES getting locked in Merle Melder's van... the great Friday night covered dish dinners... A handful of the younger guys using the phonetics on the air "Suck George's Joint" despite the pleas not to. (We're lucky W3SGJ didn't get cited!!!)... Another bunch of young hams "decorating" the rival club's Field Day site... so many more!

Hams working the Beaver County Airshow and Bluegrass Festivals were great too. *Highlights* Watching the Nine-O-Nine B-17 bomber crash before my eyes... spending an afternoon with Bill Monroe (the father of Bluegrass) in his tour bus...

The disaster relief communications provided the night of and for the following month of the horrific tornadoes in May of 1985. Tremendous damage and deaths were strewn across western PA, eastern OH and Ontario. The BVARA 145.31 repeater was located right at ground zero, yet suffered minimal damage. It was the key communications vehicle for all emergency and relief services.

Other public service communications during various floods and events were also rewarding to be a part of.

KA3CYW and KA8R (Why did you guys deprive all your friends of your wonderful company?) and so many other SKs that I will always call "friend."

Music... (I have played in rock and blues bands since I was a teen.) --- SCUBA diving and Deep Sea fishing when I was in Florida --- Flying --- History --- Formula 1 --- Chess --- Sports cars... (I owned three 1966 Corvettes plus other 60s/70s muscle cars.) --- 4 Wheeling... (I loved off roading in my 1972 tricked out Chevy Blazer.) --- Traveling --- Photography --- Radio controlled aircraft and Quad-copters --- Writing --- Promoting St. Padre Pio... a friend of the family!

Woe is ham radio. Why are youngsters seemingly not interested in getting licensed anymore? I'll tell you why... cellphones and the Internet. I feel that in my lifetime, I will see the complete demise of amateur radio. All I can do is foster interest... recruit youngsters... and have fun while it lasts.

But hey!!! Even though I left the hobby for some years, I'm back! And I'm doing just that... having fun. I'm just taking it easy and doing what I want, when I want to.

HAM RADIO.... *sigh* What a great, great hobby.... destined to take a place beside the steam engine, flintlock and Model T. R.I.P. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!


* * * THE SHACK * * *

HF RIG (current):
Yaesu FT-847 with MD200-ASX Mic

HF RIGS (past):
Drake TR4CW, Kenwood TS-520S, TS-820S, Heath SB102, Yaesu FT-101EX, EE, E & F, FT901DM, FT-902DM, FT-757GX, FT-767GX

MFJ-989C (3kw Roller Inductor Tuner), Heath SB-200, Dentron GLA-1000, MLA-2500, Clipperton-L (amplifiers - all sold), Robot 400 (SSTV converter), Robot 800 (rtty/cw keyboard), Astron VS-35M (power supply)

Yaesu FT-8100R, Kenwood TM-V71A

VHF/UHF MOBILE RIGS (past): Icom IC22S, Kenwood TM-221A, 321A, 421A, TR-7400A, TR7930, TR 7630, TR7950, Midland 13-509

VHF/UHF HTs (current):
Kenwood TH-F6

VHF/UHF HTs (past):
Wilson Mark IV, Icom 2AT, 02AT, Kenwood TR2400A, Yaesu FT-207R, FT-727R, FT-411R, Santec HT-1200, Alinco DJ-580T

Oh! I bet I screwed up some of those model numbers and forgot about 20 other rigs I've had.

OnePlus1 Smartphone (Even though I am an ardent supporter of antenna farms and RF, I have tried and enjoyed using Echolink.)

49' Rohn 25G custom tower installation. 1,000 years from now, they'll dig it up intact and ponder the technology of ancient mankind. It has all the goodies... CDE Tailtwister rotator, multiple thrust bearings, industrial guy wires, unique and massive concrete base with drainage system.

Cushcraft ATB-34 tribander @ 51' --- Two 11 element stacked vertical Cushcraft beams for 146MHz @ 57' --- One 11 element horizontal Cushcraft beam for 144MHz @ 62' --- Two 11 element stacked vertical Cushcraft beams for 444MHz @ 67' --- Cushcraft Ringo Ranger II for 6M at 70' off of the tower... (all these were removed during home renovation and not put back up) Motorola Town Crier 28MHz vertical @ 35' --- Morgain 10-80M dipole @ 40' --- Cushcraft 2 Meter boomer @ 38' (pointed at packet DX cluster) --- Radio Shack discone @ 50' --- FM broadcast receive antenna @ 25'


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