Well after building receivers (mostly regens) and waiting to get into amatuer radio for 20 years I became licenced as a Tech. Then upgraded to General before getting on the air. My first rig was a Kenwood TS-820S and with an inverted V over a palm tree I was on the air. After many QSO's including a few DX I was hooked. A short time later I upgraded to Extra class. Started really chasing DX in 2007.
I have been traveling out of country for business often of late. When I can pull it off I will be QRV from some of those locations. For anytime I'm QRV please QSL via my home call using LotW, Bureau or Direct (for direct please include envelop with US stamp, current IRC or $1.00 US to cover postage). Because I'm an incoming sorter for the 6th Area I seem to get bureau cards on avarage faster than typical. I send cards out via the Bureau multiple times per year so save some money and send via the bureau.
I now hold DXCC on SSB, RTTY, CW, 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M and 10M. I have over 291 DXCC confirmed. I have my basic IOTA award and my WAZ mixed. I'm an incoming card sorter as well as the Z sorter for the 6th area Bureau so I see lots of QSL cards from places I wish I had worked.
Base equipment: FT1000MP with a Henry 2K2 and an AL811. I use a homebrew 65' vertical for most of my HF work. It is made moslty from irigation tubing and I use caps and hand wound coils at the base switched with relays for my favorite bands. It is supported by an ugly (but tall) pine tree in the corner of my small lot. I use the vertical on 160M, 80M, 40M, 30M, and 6M. I also have a homemade 2 element dual bander for 12M/17M and 2 elements on 15M and 10M from old Hygain parts. Achieving DXCC on 8 bands proved to me you don't need a large lot to work DX, even on the low bands. I am currently at 47 confirmed on 160M so I have a ways to go on that one. Its a lofty goal for a guy with a postage stamp lot but I think 160M DXCC is reachable.
I enjoy contesting when time permits. Nothing too serious, just competing with myself mostly. I enjoy SSB, PSK, RTTY and CW but my CW is just ok. I like to home brew all sorts of stuff, antennas, receivers, interfaces, amps . you get the drill. I basically get home from work turn on the rig, the solder iron and the fan and relax.
I chase the DX when I have time. I'm an Electrical Engineer, Have a wonderful wife who puts up with me. I have 3 kids, one in grad school, one in college and one in grade school.
Member of ARRL and the San Diego DX club
All for now. AD6ZJ
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