I am Joe Schlatter, amateur radio call sign W4HH and this is my amateur radio website. I have set up this site to share my interest in the hobby of amateur radio. There’s nothing earth-shaking on this site, just one person sharing his experiences — I hope you find something interesting here. I’ll add material from time to time, so, please come back and visit.
My current station
I have three HF rigs and two VHF/UHF rigs:
- A Yaesu FT-857 160-6 meters, 100-watt, all-mode transceiver..
- A Yaesu FT-817 QRP 160-1.25 meters, 5-watt (0.5 – 5 watts), all-mode transceiver; with LD Z817 antenna tuner
- An Elecraft K1 QRP 40-30-20-15 meter, 5-watt CW transceiver with built-in keyer and antenna tuner. I purchased this rig used in March 2012.
- Yaesu FT-7900 VHF/UHF transceiver; used to monitor local public service frequencies.
- Yaesu FTM100DR VHF/UHF transceiver.
Station antennas: I use a simple wire antenna on HF and a vertical on VHF/UHF.
I operate almost 100 percent CW using mostly an old 1950 Vibroplex Lightning Bug, or, a WW-II-vintage J-38 straight key. I also have, but rarely use, a miniature key from American Morse Equipment, and, an AME miniature paddle.
NOTICE TO ANYONE WITH WHOM I HAVE A QSO: I don’t use eQSL, Logbook of the World or any logging software. I keep an old-fashioned paper logbook and send paper QSL cards.
My amateur radio biography
I obtained my first amateur radio operator’s license in November 1958 — Novice Class, KN4FPT. A few months later I upgraded to Technician Class, K4FPT. Here’s my license history:
- Novice, KN4FPT, November 1958;
- Technician, K4FPT, February 1959;
- Advanced, K4FPT, April 1979;
- Extra, K4FPT, September 1992;
- Received vanity call W4HH, January 6, 1997.
- While stationed in Japan, July 1990 – July 1993, I held a Japanese amateur radio license.
I am a retired Army officer and was on active duty from May 1967 to April 1995. As a result of frequent moves and living in all sorts of housing — our own home, rented houses, apartments, military housing — I have been on and off the air. At times I was on the air with a lot of equipment and antennas, at other times everything was packed away and I was not operating. Now that we have settled down into our own home, I am on the air from time to time with a modest station. I try to get on regularly, mostly on 40 CW. I usually am on the air 3-4 days a week, early morning and late evening.
Location: Northumberland County, VA along the Potomac River where the river joins the Chesapeake Bay.