I've been chasing DX on the ham bands for more than 45 years. I achieved 8-Band DXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, Worked All Zones and some others along the way. I have 345 countries worked and confirmed.
My ham radio story began in early 1969 when as a teen-ager and new novice operator I first took to the airwaves on 80 meters as WN4MEN. But within a couple months, I moved up to 15 meters where I immediately worked a ZD8 station on Ascension Island and got hooked on DX. My general class ticket followed six months later and I became WB4MEN. The advanced ticket followed a year after that. But it would be late 1979 before I got my extra class ticket and I received the call KJ8S while living in Michigan.
For me, ham radio has been a multi-dimensional hobby. I love talking with people on the air but like trying new things too. New bands, modes, computer software. For years, I've been hooked on the challenges presented by weak-signal VHF on 6 and 2 meter SSB/CW/digital modes. On 2 meters, I have worked 40 states from Kentucky. On 6, I have worked all 50 states, all continents and 73 countries. (Guatamala, Sweden and Chile were my latest new ones on 6m.) I've even made some EME contacts on 2 meter CW. And many, many meteor scatter contacts on 2 meter SSB. By 1982, I had moved back to Kentucky and received WE4K. In 1996, the vanity call program was established and I applied for a 1x2 call and received N4KZ. I really like this call and plan to stick with it regardless.
Along the way, I've been involved with QRP, HF mobile, tons of CW, public service communications, satellites and lots of digital modes on HF. And I love to ragchew too.
That's one of the great things about amateur radio -- it's a dozen different hobbies within a hobby. Bored? Try a new band or mode. That's what's kept me going for so long on the ham bands. Plus, I've made tons of good friends in person and on the air.
Ever been to the Dayton Hamvention? I have -- 38 out of the last 39 years.
I QSL direct, via the bureau or LoTW. At my station, my most effective DX weapon is the steep ground around my home. I have steeply sloping terrain down for 150 feet in all directions except south. This really helps in working the DX, particularly on 80, 40 and 30 meters.
73, Dave, N4KZ
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