What is WA5LPW (Whiskey Alpha 5 Lima Papa Whiskey)? It is a call sign
in the amateur radio world. It was actually my late uncle's call (Clifford 'Buzz'
Barton). He became a silent key in 1998. I have just recently (Nov
'05) entered the ham radio world and was able to secure his call as my own.
It is my deepest honor to be able to carry on his call.
One of his best friends (WA5LQZ - Alan - Westlake, Louisiana, now SK) has been
telling me all sorts of stories about Uncle Clifford. He loaned me the
below photo taken during the late 1960's. The photo was taken by Burl
Vincent (photog for Lake Charles American Press) during the Contraband Days Boat
Races. Buzz (right side/standing) was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and
they selected Alan's (left side/seated) boat as the communication vessel.
The radio is an old Heathkit "TWOER
Crystal Controlled AM. Alan mentioned that everyone had one and they
worked great providing a 15 to 20 mile coverage.
The current WA5LPW and family (okay this picture is at least 6 years old now)!
My shack has grown a good bit since starting out in Nov 2005. My main QRO
operating rig is the Kenwood TS-570S. For QRP (my main pursuit) I use an Elecraft K1, KX1 and a Hendricks PFR-3. For mobile fun I have a Yaesu 857ND with hamsticks. Been thinking about a automatic antenna but I am not sure I have the space (height) to handle one.
I quite enjoy building. I just finished my KX1. It was much more challenging than anything I have built to date. I have come a long way since my first attempt
to build. That honor belongs to a marker
My completed kits to date are listed
below. Check out the QRP page for those images.
- Elecraft KX1
- Elecraft K1
- Elecraft Dummy Load
- Elecraft AF-1 Audio Filter
- Elecraft Power/SWR Meter
- Tuna Tin 2
4sqrp NS-40 (none simpler)
- Norcal SMT Dummy Load
- Hendricks PFR-3 (Portable Field Radio - 3 band 5 watt)
Check out my "what am I doing now?" page for current kit building efforts.