KA3TTT

Welcome to my shack! I got my amateur radio license at age twelve after a visit to the Franklin Institute’s radio room a few years before. In 2019 I returned to the hobby as part of my healing process. I needed to reclaim my lost hobby from childhood. Now I live in a condo in south Philly which does not allow outdoor antennas, but I feel determined to have as much fun as possible.

I operate QRP and CW. Low power operations reduce the chance of interfering with my neighbors. I enjoy the fun-loving spirit of the QRP clubs and events. The idea of doing the most using the least appeals to my Taoist philosophy.

I began learning Morse Code as a child from my grandfather, who flew seaplanes in the Navy during World War II. He made me a chart which my Mom raised with Elmers Glue. I remember reading it while going to sleep. A few years later I got some tapes and got serious. To my delight, when I got back into the hobby I could still copy at an acceptable rate. CW gets the most distance per Watt. I think of it as a second language. I love it.

My “Antenna farm” consists of whatever I can fit on my window sill. At least I live in a loft. I use a magnetic loop for HF and a J-pole for VHF/UHF. The building also has an amazing roof deck, and I take a vertical up there during the nice part of the year. I hope to have a QSL with you sometime.

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