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I have always been interested in communications and remote locales, so amateur radio and DXing was a natural for me. I first became interested in amateur radio in 1963, and received my license in 1964.

My initial station (in Michigan) consisted of a Heathkit DX60 transnmitter and a HR-10 receiver with a Hy Gain 14VQ vertical, which I soon upgraded to a Heath HW101 transceiver and 3 element home built 20M cubical quad as I was tired of not working much DX! During the glory days of the 1960s, I quickly earned my WAS, WAC and DXCC while getting through college at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Following this, I moved to Southern California in 1969 and spent many years at Hughes Aircraft, finally retiring as a Technical Director. While I remained active in the early 1970s, career responsibilities and other interests (travel, tennis, golf, etc.) caused me to become inactive until recently, when I decided to stop thinking about resuming amateur radio and actually do it!

So, in 2011, I erected a US Tower MA-40 crankup tower, assembled and installed a Force 12 C3SS yagi on it (with a Yaesu GDX-1000 rotator) and in 2012 convinced my wife that spending a significant sum of money on an FT-DX5000 transceiver was really NOT unreasonable at all!

To my surprise, my interest in amateur radio and DXing had not diminished in the slightest despite the fact that Cycle 23 is not nearly as strong as numerous previous cycles, and I am enjoying my time 'on the air' immensely. I currently reside in Palos Verdes Estates and , although I am running only 150 watts to an antenna that is often only around 20 feet above ground in elevation, I have discovered that the takeoff I have at 750 feet above the Pacific is very conducive to DXing.

To all of those who have responded to my CQs or calls over the years and /or replied to my QSLs, many thanks - and good dx to you always.

 

Best 73s, John R. Smith

 

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