Member Spotlight – Bill Waller
QTH: Cooperstown, New York
When were you first licensed? 1962; Novice, 1963 Advanced and First Class Radiotelephone, 2016: Extra and VEC.
How did you become interested in radio? Boy Scouts Signaling Merit Badge; High School radio club.
Favorite radio activities and locations: QRP, portable field operations and temporary antennas; always designing and building better antennas to get a bigger signal out with just 5 W. Also operate and monitor local 2m repeaters. Active participant in emergency communications drills and operations. Love small CW contests like NYQP etc.
Future hobby plans or goals: More and more wire!! Higher and longer!!
Member of any radio organizations or clubs: ARRL, Otsego County (NY) ARA; founding President and repeater installer in 1972.
Describe some of your favorite field radio experiences: ARRL: Field Day participant every year licensed; portable operations from sailboat crossing Atlantic (2 Trips). Emergency flood communications 2006.
Transceivers and antennas: FT 817, Icom 706 MKII, Heath HW-9 for a few. Antenna at home QTH, EFLW. Portable antennas and temporary antennas vary; 2 el 20 m quad, 3 el 80 m wire beam etc.
Modes: CW, CW, CW a little local repeater FM and a little SSB.