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Edward J Steele

Gilbert 25621
United States, WV

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Last update:2021-05-04 21:29:45
Main prefix:K
Federal state:WV
US county:Mingo
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:4…

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2021-02-22 15:20:48
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no


Hello to everyone, and thanks for stopping by. I am an SWL amateur radio listener only, non-licensed at this time. Hope to soon try for my tech class eventually.

I'm a 1968 model with no spare parts and an expired warranty.. Bummer.

Likes: Sci-fi movies. Old country and rock music. I particularly like Scottish pipes & drums (Albannach, Saor Patrol, Top Secret, etc.), and something called Epic Music. I've a long running interest in amateur radio listening. And now Network Radios. Enjoy working with Linux OS. And I love to write.. a lot.. probably a bit too much. Sorry.. :) I do have a stealth mode wicked sense of humor when I let it out, but you'll not likely catch it unless you know me well enough...

Dislikes: Me being forced into talking more than four words... (Probably why I'm still an SWL), ;p
I cannot stand liars, thieves, constant drunks, and drug addicts. And nearly all politicians. Microsoft Windows 10. Social medias.

I formerly served in the U.S. Army, first in the Signal Corps, then later as as a tank turret operator on the ITV/BFVS (Bradley Fighting Vehicle System). Later, served again with the WV Army National Guard as a Combat Military Police. I also served as a police officer for various local towns, eventually changing profession to Emergency Medical Services. And had served as a firefighter with my local volunteer fire dept. Not active these days after my own physical health went downhill. I miss the old days most when I was running ambulance. Word of advice: Appreciate what you have, while you can. Things can change with unwanted and unexpected irony...

I can be found on Zello / Network Radios / Channels 00 through 06 as WV1SWL - Ed,
occasionally checking in on the Breakfast Show Network Radios net in the United Kingdom @ 0730 UTC, 0330 my local time (EDT), channel 03, the net controller is G0AFT - Chris B. in England. Many amateur & non-amateur hobbyists check-in to the net from countries all around the world. To find Network Radios, go to their Facebook group page: for more information on how to join their Zello channels. Their FB group page also provides QR scan codes pinned at the top for each of their channels. Channel 06 is the only open channel that does not require moderator trusting in approval to talk. All other channels require trusting in. The Network Radios EV channel is listen only, except for the mods themselves, and is used for special event amateur radio linkups. Each of the channels has to be joined separately. All channels have moderators. All channels are maintained to be family friendly. If a new member requests it, Network Radio moderators will assign a 'callsign' but is not required. Most amateur operators use their own callsigns. I use my SWL designation as a callsign. Or you may make one up to use instead. Hope to see you there. Special note: They do prohibit discussion of politics, religion, and bad, socially unacceptable behavior, so be warned. More accurate information can be found here, also:

In the meantime, I utilize various means for listening. Thanks to a ham operator friend & mentor, Rick KF5GV, I have a Tecsun PL-680 receiver. Updated: After having tried various antenna configurations that didn't work at all for the Tecsun, I've now built a loop antenna that doesn't just work, but has far more than exceeded any expectations I'd had. Built out of scrap items I'd re-purposed. More than happy with it. I thank my ELMER for encouraging me to keep trying. To date, my furthest rx on this homebrew loop has been from Asiatic Russia.

Also use WebSDR remote operation, with my favorite being K3FEF in NE PA, USA for monitoring. I use Pocket RxTx android app, and numerous other means for monitoring.

I'm registered with with the designator WA8097SWL, which I use when I sign onto the WebSDRs, QRZ, HamQTH,, QRZCQ, and various others. (certificate # S9883 issued on 01 July 2018) Apply for yours at: Understand that this certificate is NOT an amateur radio operator license. It does NOT grant any transmit privileges to the holder. It simply lets various amateur & SWL radio organisations know that you are an SWLer or a monitoring & logging listener. An amateur radio license has to be earned through testing, passing, and the granting of a call sign license in your respective country by it's governing authority. Illegal transmitting on amateur bands without an authorized license can result in imprisonment & tens of thousands of dollars in fines. (Starting at $18,000.00 in the U.S.). And once issued, the privilege can be revoked if abused.

As an addition to my radio hobby, I keep a watch on and sometimes record solar, atmospheric layer, earthquake & weather data with live feeds on my pc Linux laptops, and sometimes watch & log the POTA (Parks On The Air) activations. and

There is no shortage of things to learn and experience in this hobby, even as a SWL. I've worked with satellite & ISS beacon tracking simply using a handheld programmable scanner with a makeshift horizontal antenna for polarized signal rx. I practice keeping a logbook of call signs I hear on the WebSDRs / Pocket RxTx, & Tecsun receiver. Sometimes I'll post a shortened form of my log for the day in an album called Amateur Ham Radio / Shortwave Hobby in my FB amateur radio album to let people get an idea of what amateur & shortwave radio is. (Note: I'm no longer using Facebook. Decided to drop the social medias. Went to Telegram with a few select friends).

I also like to monitor the Logan County WV Amateur Radio Club, D-Star Reflectors, WIN System Allstar, the WAN System (not very often, though), Rocky Mountain Radio Relay League, Eastern Arizona ARS Repeater System, Central WV Amateur Radio, Honolulu County Hawaii amateur repeaters, the Northern Utah 1,2,3 & 4 SDRs, and the HUBNet AllStar Link in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom. ( their website: ). I'll occasionally log call signs from many of these as well. But the HF bands remain my favorite for contest logging as an SWL. Mainly 20 & 40 meters ssb.

I also log to Not a lot of eQSL card responses, but I get some back. You have to put the hook out there if you want to catch anything at all. (Advice from my ELMER, and he's quite correct). Love logging into to find I have digital cards waiting for me to download from amateur operators around the world to whom I've sent reception reports to.

I also use Zello as another means for communicating. While of course, not amateur radio in the traditional sense, and certainly not for any contesting purposes, I still see Zello / VOIP as another tool by which to enjoy and add voice communication to my hobby. There are channels on there that are run by ham operators, and a good way for non hams to meet, greet, and begin learning about the hobby of amateur radio / shortwave listening. I was very fortunate to have met one of my very best friends and my amateur radio mentor (ELMER) who brought back my interest in the hobby on a Zello channel for ham & shortwave radio listeners that I'd joined on a whim. As well as a few other ham operators I've had the pleasure of making friends with all around the world thanks to this VOIP network tool I've added for my hobby. Some call it 'not really radio' but, somewhere in all that technology, part of it does involve airwave signal transmitting and receiving, antenna towers & linking (Wait.. WHAT?!? Sound familiar?), and even satellites. Technologies are ever evolving and expanding with newer capabilities. It's always changing. When water stands still for too long, it ends up stagnating. New tools added to an old hobby can add new or renewed enjoyment. Encourage new people, young and the young at heart into a very longstanding hobby, and encourage bored operators to remain if they give the new tools a chance. (I believe some older diehards secretly already do, but deny using VOIP, at least until they're caught. I once caught one of those diehard 'not really radio' types red handed transmitting VOIP for myself ;)
Yes I did... with a grin...

In any case, happy DXing to all, have fun, share respect, and maybe I'll hear your callsign out there and log you on eQSL.

Waving my hand at you! Have fun, & safe travels. 73! de WA8097SWL / (WV1SWL on Zello Network Radios), EJ Steele, Gilbert, Mingo County, West Virginia, USA. / Maidenhead Grid Sq: EM97bo.


I live in mountainous terrain and signal reception here is difficult at best. I'm often forced to resort to using WebSDRs for the most part to enjoy the hobby...

Main link to the list of SDRs worldwide: (Owned by Michael P. K3FEF in Northeast Pennsylvania / Covers eastern U.S. with rx coming from Europe, Russia, Africa, etc.) His Facebook group page:

Northern Utah WebSDRs Servers # 1, 2, 3, & 4
Their landing page link:
(There are four separate links from their landing page / Covers midwest, northwest, to western & eastern U.S. May pick up CQing Japanese operators on 20 mtrs )

(KFS WebSDR at Halfmoon Bay, CA. / Covers western U.S. / Japanese operators can often be heard when conditions allow on 20 mtrs.

G0XBU WebSDR - Near The Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Observatory, Cheshire, England (2m, 6m, 10m, 11m, 60m, 80m, 70cm, 446) Link:

I also monitor the Southern Ireland Repeater Network via Zello Gateway

My available hardware:
* Tecsun PL-680 receiver w/ a home built 2 in 1 loop and a steel verticle antennas from re-purposed scrapped items. There is a very certain enjoyment when you build something yourself out of discarded junk, and find that it works well.

* a Pro-51 200 channel scanner for the 2 meter repeaters.

* a Baofeng UV5RA transceiver for backup 2 meter repeater local listening only rx.

* An Icom IC-706MK BG (not in use currently) gifted to me by friend and now Silent Key, Dave- W4NWL of Florida & my friend & amateur radio mentor Rick - KF5GV.

* Also use two laptop computers, both running the Arch Linux based Reborn OS with a personally customized Cinnamon desktop environment for WebSDR monitoring and screen recording. (I flipping LOVE Linux!)

* Android & iPhone with the Pocket RxTx app and various other amateur, SWL, Zello VOIP, & scanner related apps.

* Now added a ANYSECU 4G-W2 N60 3G/4G LTE FDD Mobile Radio IP Network PTT Radio for VOIP on the Zello - Network Radios Channels and private channel communications. It can also be used for Echolink, Peanut, various scanner apps, and maybe some others too. It will not run Pocket RxTx, however. It works well with great speaker audio output built in or external & hand mic crystal clear input. Very glad I ordered it now.

DX Code Of Conduct

dx code of conduct small logoI support the "DX Code Of Conduct" to help to work with each other and not each against the others on the bands.

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WA8097SWL / WebSDR Monitoring Utah #4 14290.0 Air Force Flyer's Club Net check-ins. Mon 04/19/21 @ 1559 UTC
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WA8097SWL / And believe it or not, they are very much in use, alive & well all around the world...
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WA8097SWL / Back when with a new start-up EMS service.
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WA8097SWL / The EMS Star Of Life emblem. It once meant a great deal to me.
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WA8097SWL / Homebrew SWL/amateur bands antenna. 20 & 40 meters. Furthest rx was into Asiatic Russia, South Africa amateur operators on a Tecsun PL-680.
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WA8097SWL / Just me, enjoying monitoring SDR and Zello
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WA8097SWL / Furthest eQSL response. Made my day...
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WA8097SWL / April 23rd, my Anysecu N60 arrived. Setup and on the Zello / Network Radios channels. Happy with it I think...
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WA8097SWL /
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WA8097SWL / Early on in my SWL monitoring and logging hobby...
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WA8097SWL / First morse code (CW) walkie talkies as a kid in mid 1970's. Surprisingly, it seems these vintage radios can still be ordered. Those were the days back when...
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WA8097SWL / Happy Birthday!
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WA8097SWL / QSL card from POTA activator KK1TLS Terry Sidelinker. His YL designs his cards.

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