I have been always interested in radio since I can remember. I used to sit in the living room at my Grandmothers house twisting the mechanical dial of an old tube AM receiver writing down all the stations I could hear. It was so amazing the instantaneous transfer of information from a far away radio station could be received. Later I convinced my Grandmother, who was very tolerant with me, to let me take the cover off to see how it worked. I inspected the different glows of all the tubes and all the point to point wiring to the many different parts. I wondered what function each part played in the process of radio reception. (later she let me peak into the TV set when the TV repairman came.wow - there was a lot of tubes and components !! - how many are old enough to remember TV repair house calls !!)
A few years later my Dad brought home a general coverage solid-state HF receiver to "keep me entertained". It included all of the Broadcast and Ham bands, plus some VHF where I could listen to airport beacons. I started writing a log of stations heard and sending for QSL cards. I still have that receiver today and expect to never part with it. Interestingly I was not interested in Ham Radio at the time (I was about 13 at the time and thought it boring to talk trivial matters with someone down the street). Later however, with some coaching from some of my Dads friends, the HAM Radio bug bit. Now I could transmit and there was DX out there ! This was 1975 and I was 15. This opened up a whole new world. Some would say an addiction that I expect to have my whole life.
Active DXer and part-time contester. In the DX world I have a modest station. But I have been fortunate enough to achieve 5BWAZ with 247 out of 250 zones worked and confirmed. Still looking for Zones 20, 34, 37 on 80 meters, If you can help, let me know! The bands are open to there, just not a lot of activity at the right time.
Active all bands 160m through 2m
Active in Digital Modes (RTTY, JT65A, PSK, WSPR, JT9, etc, more to come)
Active 6 meters, Grid-square chaser (250+)
Interests include the science of radio propagation
Professionally I work in the electronics industry in a career related to space radio communications and hi-reliability computers.
See my home page, includes on-line log, QSL cards, and analysis of contacts
I am also a member of Clublog. I find it a valuable resource for log/contact analysis, etc.
My entries into Clublog are now real-time except for major contents
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