WØTLE - Richard K. 'Dick' Philstrom WØTLE

Richard K. 'Dick' Philstrom
Scandia, MN

QCWA # 33162
Chapter 8

I was first licensed since 1965 as WNØNHL and have held the calls; KBØNR,VK6US, VK6RZ and WAØQFC.

Stationed at NWC a VLF Transmitting Site in Western Australia for three years From 1967 thru 1970. I owned or managed a ham store in the past for about 12-15 years.

I am currently active on 160mtrs thru 1296mhz, and adding 2304 thru 10 ghz in the next couple years. I recently retired and have more time to work on the station. I run a SteppIR BigIR Mk3 Vertical for 80 thru 6 meters, and a Tennadyne T-8 Log Periodic Antenna for 20 thru 10 meter operations. I am installing a new tower in the spring, and will have antennas for 6 thru 1296 weak signal work.

I Graduated from Brown Institute with a Diploma in both Electronics and Computer Programming.

I served in the U.S. Navy and was Stationed at Treasure Island for Advanced Electronics Training after which I went to U.S. NavCommSta Harold E. Holt in Australia for three years, where I upgraded to a Conditional Class License with the Call Sign of WA0QFC. I also had the Call Sign VK6RZ issued to me by the Australian Government.

My First Rigs were a Heathkit DX-40 Transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX-28 Receiver.

I am a Life Member of the ARRL, A Charter Member of the Handi Hams Organization, Life Member of the Central States VHF Society, I also belong to the Northern Lights Radio Society, QCWA National, QCWA Chapter 8, Minnesota Wireless ASSN. and have been a member of the 10-10 International since the early 70's.

I enjoy Operating VHF/UHF Weak Signal SSB and CW on 6 meters through 1296 MHz. I also enjoy Contesting and operating RTTY.

My current Rig is an Icom 756 Pro III as well as many different Transverters to allow me to operate the VHF and Microwave Bands.

I have not really been a certificate hunter during my 44 years of being licensed, and though I have worked all States, Continents and more than 300 + countries, I have never applied for any of these awards, Maybe in the future I may do so.

I was a Communications Specialist in the U.S. Navy, and worked for Control Data, Electronic Center Inc., and ETA Systems, Supercomputer Systems Inc. Prior to working for Medtronic Inc. in the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Development Group. I retired in 2007 and have been working on setting up my new station and Towers systems since then. Pictures of the Tower and Station will be added at a later date.

December 8, 2008