Episode 356 – Ted Holland – WB3AVD

Ted Holland, WB3AVD, describes himself as a cultural anthropologist who creates artistic telegraph or CW keys based on themes that move him, including OZ’s Emerald City.  His workshop is in a converted “Church in the Middle of the Block”, a mini artist’s colony.  Ted is an avid QRP contest operator and local emcomm enthusiast, WB3AVD shares his amateur radio successes in this QSO Today. ​

Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA  
First License: 
Novice 1975, WN3AVD
Upgrade: WB3AVD, Technician 1976
Upgrade: Extra Class in 1980

First Rig: 

Heathkit HW-16 Novice Transceiver
Heathkit HG-10 VFO
Inverted V Antenna on 40 meters
Heathkit HW-101 SSB Transceiver
Heathkit HW-8 QRP Radio
Current Rig: 
Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver  
Off-Center Fed Dipole In The Attic


Tin cans and a string telephone
Vintage Telephone Company Headset
1968 Apollo 8 Mission
Horsehoe Amateur Radio Club of Blair County, Hollidaysburg, PA
Heathkit SB220 Linear Amp
CQWorld Wide DX Contest
Social Sciences 
BA, Anthropology
PHD Anthropology 
Yaesu 1000MP HF Transceiver
VOX- Voice Operated Switch
Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
Pennsylvania Railroad, Altoona PA
Rail Road Quarter Roundhouse
K4 Locomotive
America’s Industrial Heritage Museum
Norfolk Southern Railroad
Charles Schwab Estate, Altoona, PA
GG1 Electric Locomotive
Things Unseen Theater Group, Altoona, PA
The Church in the Middle of the Block, Altoona, PA
Digital Mode PSK 31
Desecheo Island DXpedition
DX Spotting Network
K9YA Telegraph Magazine
Sherline Lathes
Junior High School Shop Class
Powder Coating
Tom Perera Telegraphic Collectors CD
Camelback Telegraphic Key
Camelback Straight Key
Charles Chubock Camelback Straight Key
Stabilized Wood Block
Dirty Kiln Race Canoe Creek

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now:  getting young people involved

Advice to new or returning hams: Spend a little bit of time studying propagation.  Don’t get too enamored with high power.  Keep a paper log. 

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