Episode 055 - Joe Shupienis - W3BC
According to Joe Shupienis, W3BC, a “real ham” is an active ham, who takes part in any aspect of the hobby. Joe is the founder of the Quad Counties Amateur Radio Club, over 40 years ago, and he continues to lead the hobby with his ham radio blog, mentoring, volunteer examiner, and contributions to the club newsletter. Besides being active on the air, Joe is the ARRL WPA club coordinator under ARRL Section Manager, Tim Duffy, K3LR. W3BC joins 4Z1UG on QSO Today.
Sam Photofacts - the standard source of technical manuals and schematics
First License: WN3FOZ, March 1966
General Upgrade: WA3IHK, June 1967
Advanced Upgrade: 1972
First Elmer: Jim Albert, K3TFL - Jim is remembered on Page 2 of this issue of Parasitic Emission.
First Field Day:
WA3BUX, Dick Flanders using Heathkit "SB" line
"Ham Radio is a gateway that allows kids to communicate with adults"
Education: Penn State
Penn State Amateur Radio Club
Joe was a teacher of Electronics Technology at Jeff Tech
Quad County Amateur Radio Club - Joe was the founder.
Art Kunst, W3WM - a "hams ham". Video interview
ARRL Straight Key Night - 24 hour event where everyone uses a straight key or bug.
Joe's Straight Key Night Rigs:
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH - head of the FCC Enforcement Bureau until 2008
TIP: Powering Up Your Radio Safely with a Dim-bulb Tester
Variac variable transformer
Special Service Clubs
Editor of Parasitic Emission - newsletter of the Quad County Amateur Radio Club
Creator of The W3BC Report - Joe's blog since 2004
"Real" Ham Radio - an article by Joe in The W3BC Report. A real ham is active
W3SO Vhf Contest Team
EZNEC Antenna Software
Maidenhead grid squares - explained by the ARRL
Current Rig Home:
Current Rig Mobile:
Favorite Single Engine Aircraft: Piper Archer Arrow
Advice to new and returning hams:
Get an elmer, speak regularly.
The Hamshack Net on W3WAN system. The Ham Shack net no longer meets, but may be revised in the future.
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WW2 RAS-5 Receiver
National NCX-5 Transceiver
Icom IC-756 Pro III