Been around for a few years on the bands, first licensed in Canada in 1965, becoming 4Z4MK in 1973, 4X1MK in 1987. Have enjoyed many facets of the hobby over the years, and gotta say that there's nothing else like it. Some of the highlights for me have been spanning the Atlantic and Mediterranean on 160 meters, and working the world through satellite AO-13 with a homemade antenna array.
Yet the big thing is the real human contact made apparently by chance, and feeling the flow of positive human energy coming through the "ether". For this reason I've given up on collecting "countries" (I don't know today how many I've worked and confirmed, it just doesn't mean that much to me), yet I remember the fine and interesting people I've been priveleged to meet on the air.
DX means for me "distance". So if my meager peanut whistle can span a long haul on a difficult band or under hard conditions, that's the big thrill for me.
Yet having said that, I am glad to send a QSL card, as I always remember how much it meant to me when I was a new ham. I will for sure reply to your QSL via the bureau - no problem!
Of my other interests - I'm a painter artist, and most fair weather weekdays you can find me out in the field painting the landscape. Please look me up on www.iarc.org/~4x1mk or www.rongang.net to see my paintings which I hope you will enjoy.
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