Episode 263 – John Nowacki – W3NA
John Nowacki, W3NA, was a teenager in the early sixties when he won a contest to name a popular amateur radio line of antennas that are still sold today. John shares his ham radio story that began with a friendship more that sixty years ago that continues to this day. Now a retired high school physics teacher, W3NA, chases DX shares his ham radio activities with his fellow NERDS.
Hometown: Columbus, OH
First License: Novice 1960, KN8VZU
General upgrade: 1961 at Dayton Hamvention at Dayton Biltmore Hotel
Named the Hustler antennas – namesake
Most meaningful amateur radio award: DXCC
Greatest challenge to amateur radio: Hobby is rapidly changing
Excited most by: New modes, like FT8 are popular for a lot of hams.
Advice to new or returning hams: Find a group of hams someplace, like the NERDS, and get connected with other hams.
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