W3CP - February 25, 2011

W3CP - James M. Headrick James M. Headrick
Stanfield, OR
QCWA # 33158

from www.qrz.com
W3CP - James M. Headrick At age 15 back in 1932, I started radiating radiowaves as W5CPB and was living in the Texas Panhandle. Activities were: RX, TX and antenna constructs; ORS; AARS; contests; and DXing. My first 80M crystal turned out to be on a Naval Communications Reserve drill freq; so at age 17 I enlisted in the USNR; got training cruises on old four pipe destroyers; and then in summer of 1941 got called to active duty. The Navy did provided me with training and travel, sometimes exciting and sometimes dull, and in 1946 returned me to inactive duty. I stayed in the USNR and went to work for the Naval Research Lab. HF over-the-horizon radar research was my main work area, so I have had lots of experience with really high gain antennas and very high power. Some of the station callsigns where I've operated are W5CPB, W5CPT, N5CPB(USNR drills), W5DNT(portable station), W3CPB, W3NKF, W3CP amateur, and NAFL, NAFC, NKF, NAG Navy.

Williamette Valley DX Club-Jim Headrick W3CP

In keeping with his love of electronics and ham radio, Jim was employed as a Radar Research Engineer and of course holds an Amateur Extra Class ticket. Ham Radio has been Jimís only hobby.

"I was 15 when I got my first license in 1932", Jim says. "A school friend of mine and I studied together. I received the call sign W5CPB as issued by the Federal Radio Commission." Other calls were W5CPT, N5CPB, portable station, W5DNT. And even more, W3CPB and W3NFK, Navy call signs used were, NAFL,NAFC, NKF and NAG. He became W3CP in 1996.

As you might expect, Jim has his DXCC, WAC, WAS , but also a QCW 75th Anniversary Award.

Just some of the organizations who have recognized his achievements: Society of Wireless Pioneers, ARRL A1 Operator - PVRC 5 Million Point Award, CQWW 1st Place 1955, CQWW 1st Place 1994 and Russian DX Contest and many more.

W3CP - James M. Headrick A CW guy, Jim has confirmed more than 200 countries, says he still needs North Korea. A Ham family, Jimís brother (now SK) W3WSF was also an active amateur.

He makes all those contacts using an Elecraft K3 ("terrific receiver," he says)or his FT1000 Mark V, both barefoot.

And antennas! 160 meter Inverted L at 50 feet Vertical, 80m Inverted L 45 ft Vertical, A 3 element SteppIR with a 40m Dipole at 65 ft and a ground plane. On 10, 15, and 20m it's 3 element SteppIR all at 65 ft.

Way back then, (he was 17) living in the Texas Panhandle, Jim was and continues to be engaged in all sorts of ham projects and activities, transmitter, receiver and antenna design and construction and there was ORS, AARS, contests and chasing DX.

"I remember my very first 80 meter crystal turned out to be on a Navy Comm., drill frequency so I enlisted in the US Naval Reserve, trained aboard an old four pipe destroyer before getting the call to go active. It was in 1946 I went back to inactive status working for the Naval Research Lab in the area of HF over-the- horizon radar research, (high power and high gain antennas)."

In 1993 Jim retired as Head of the NRI Radar Techniques Branch after he had written a full chapter for the well known publication, Skonikís Radar Handbook and continues today to be a part time annuitant. Not so much DXing these days but still contesting; most recently a part of the 7QP team. Jim tells us, "I still love running them on CW."
Jim was the CW operator of W2MM in the April 2010 QSO Party.

George, VE3BNO
QCWA Acivities Manager