K1HTV – Grid: FM18ap
Rich Zwirko – Captain Blanco Bart
First licensed: 1958 as KN1HTV; age 16
Other calls: NONE
* Holder of the first 2-Meter band USA to FP8 (Connecticut to St. Pierre) QSO.
* Completed the first known 2-Meter band USA to VP9 (Connecticut to Bermuda) QSO.
* Satellite WAS & Satellite WAC via Phase-II OSCAR satellites
* First USA to YU (Yugoslavia) and second ever USA to Africa (CN8) satellite QSOs
* 337 DXCC Countries confirmed (357 including deleted) with low power (100 Watts)
* First ever 50 MHz USA to Cyprus (ZC4) and first USA to EA9 (Ceuta & Melilla)
* DXCC on 10 bands (160- through 6-Meters)
* 1998 ARRL Phone SS – 1st Place, Atlantic Division (Low Power)
* 2007 ARRL Phone SS & CW SS – 1st Place, Atlantic Division (Low Power)
* 160-Meter band – DXCC 201 countries with 100 Watts, 77 countries & WAC (QRP 5W)
* Over 925 IOTAs (Islands on the Air) worked with over 900 confirmed.
* 6-Meter band – DXCC (148 countries) & WAS, WAC & over 800 maidenhead grid squares
* Delmarva VHF and Microwave Society, K8GP
* Grid Pirates Contest Group
* Potomac Valley Radio Club
* Goddard Amateur Radio Club, (WA3NAN Shuttle retransmission op)
* Voice of America Amateur Radio Club
* Connecticut Wireless Association (1960 – 70’s)
* North East VHF Association (1960 – 70’s) – 1st President
* Life Member – American Radio Relay League – (1977)
* Life Member – Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT)
* Director – AMSAT (Board of Directors (1978 – 84)
* V.P. Operations – AMSAT (1975 – 84)
* Active on 160 meters through 70 centimeters.
* Active on Packet Radio since 1982 (TAPR TNC Beta test) was instrumental in activating the first Packet node on the East Coast (University of Maryland, 1985)
* SYSOP for the first network of Mid-Atlantic Packet Radio (NETROM) nodes.