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Rob Houston

Chester 07930
United States, New Jersey

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Call data

Last update:2017-12-06 15:26:43
Main prefix:K
Federal state:New Jersey
US county:Morris
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:3782296

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QSL data

Last update:2017-04-17 10:10:15
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no


I go by "Rob" on the air; QSL by eQSL or LOTW

Here's my radio story:

I became a ham radio operator in September, 1969 at the age of 15, when I was living with my family at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. With my new call of NA0WKO, I began operating CW after assembling a brand spankin' new Heathkit HR-10B and DX-60B combo with a 40 meter inverted V antenna. By January, 1970, I had passed the General code and written tests, earning the call WA0WKO, and began using my rig for both AM and CW QSO's, but quickly decided that I wanted an SSB rig. By late 1970, I acquired a used Drake TR-3 and AC-4 power supply from Henry Radio in Butler, Missouri (I believe for $250, a lot of money in those days!). I completed the Advanced Class written test in early 1971.

The hobby was set aside for studies at Georgia Tech, but by 1977, when living in Atlanta, my call was changed to WD4LPI, and I continued to use the Drake rig. A career move to Peculiar, Missouri in 1980 necessitated a change in call sign to KC0DF, and yet another move to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1986 changed my call to KE8JH. Around 1987, I sold the TR-3 (a big mistake!) and bought a Kenwood TS-440SAT, on which I continued to work SSB and later, RTTY QSO's. In 1997, with work and family taking a lot of time, and with computers as a new hobby, I sold the Kenwood rig and essentially became dormant with ham radio. However, I kept my license current, and with the advent of Vanity Licensing, I requested and was granted my old call of WA0WKO, which I kept after moving to Chester, New Jersey in 2003.

Fast forward to 2015, and I semi-retired, after completing a 36-year career in pharmaceutical manufacturing. With my kids in college, I found I had the time and interest to resurrect the hobby. So, I found a pristine Drake TR-3 (needing some work and restoration) and combined with a G5RV Jr (up about 50 feet), set up my modest station and got back on the air using SSB mainly on 20 and 40 meters. I added an ICOM IC-718 primarily for the digital modes of JT-65, JT9, RTTY, and PSK31 on several HF bands. I also have a cheap Baofeng UV-5R5 for the local repeaters. To celebrate my return to the hobby, I finally upgraded my license to Extra Class in December, 2015, and in February, 2016, I was granted the simplified callsign W0WKO. In 2017, I replaced the IC-718 with an IC-7300 and upgraded my antenna to an end-fed long wire.

I'm happy to be back into the hobby, and my intent is to not stray too far from the basics, while continuing to enjoy all that the hobby offers for many years to come.

Worked DXCCs:


Drake TR-3 (manufactured 1963) - SSB only
Icom IC-7300 - digital modes and SSB
Baofeng UV-5R5 - local repeaters
Antenna: Multiband End-Fed Half-Wave Multiband Antenna @ 25M high

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