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My introduction to ham radio came when I lived in Orange, Connecticut during my 9th grade days.  Frank Roddy, K1DGX, was a classmate, and he would talk about his enthusiasm for the hobby.  But, my family moved from New Haven to La Jolla, California in late 1958.  It was there that I met Paul Paulsen, K6IXV, also a high school classmate.  Paul was a General, and had a DX100 with a Halicrafters receiver in his garage.  It was the hey-day of the sunspot high of highs.  I helped Paul with the logging when he entered the 1958 CQ WW Phone contest.  His 10 meter contact with XW8AL hooked me on DX!

Soon I had taken the Novice Test, and was on the air myself with an old DX-35 crystal controlled transmitter and an SX-99 Halicrafters receiver as WV6EPQ.  My first QSO was on 40 CW with WV6ERM, now AA6AA.  I had to wait some 20 years for Steve's QSL when I discovered who he was at the Southern California DX Club!  By early 1960 I had passed the General Test, and moved on to a Heathkit Apache with a Hammarlund HQ 170 Receiver.  My brother Bob was soon bitten with the bug, and followed with WV6IPY, and then WA6IPY (now WX4G). We erected a TA32 Jr. Tribander on a pushup pole, but really struggled to get out.  Paul, Bob, and I were carefully nurtured by an old seasoned DXer, Ralph Culbertson, W6CHV.  Ralph would take us to the San Diego DX Club Meetings which were always held in a member's home.  So, we got to see what the real California Killowatts looked like!

I went off to Cornell University for a year, and joined the Cornell University Amateur Radio Club, W2CXM.  That's where I met K2BYF, Bill McConnell, now N9US.  Bill and I had a great time playing in the CQ Contest from Cornell.  We have stayed in contact all these years.  For a W6, it was a real treat working all those Europeans!  But my heart was in California, so after my Freshman Year I returned to California.  By that time the family had moved to Los Angeles in the Palos Verdes area. 

I came home in December 1961 for Christmas to find a new beam on the roof, and wow, was that locaton better.  When I returned for good in June, Bob and I put up a tower and a home brew 5 element 20 meter beam.  Bob led the charge building an amplifier with four 811A's and a power supply with  Mercury Vapor refcifiers, and we were on the air big time long path on 20.  The DX followed from there.  I had transfereed to UCLA, and commuted to class.  So, I operated from home quite a bit.  I became very close friends with Jerry Hagen, WA6GLD, later N6AV, who has passed away.  Bob, Jerry, and I started making the yearly trek to the Fresno/Visalia DX Convention as Southern California DX Club members.  My location was under the shaddow of one of the old DX greats, Don Wallace, W6AM.  Bob and I had a key to Don's station for many years, and operated the rhombic farm occasionally.

After graduateing from college, I got an apartment of my own, then got married, and so from 1968 to 1972 I was not very active except as an operator at one of the multi multis.  I helped out at W6RW, W6VSS, and W6ANN. 

In 1973, I bought a house and put up a 70 foot tower with a 2 element 40, the 5 element 20, and a small home made duo-band 10-15 beam.  In 1974 I joined the CQ WW Contest Committee, and became Co-Director of the CQ WW in 1975 with Bob Cox, K3EST.  We took turns, alternating supervision of the CW and Phone duties from year to year until 1995, when I resigned from the Committee.  In 1976 I passed the Extra Test, and was given the new callsign N6AR.

In 1984, I moved  my family to Florida, and retained my N6AR callsign.  I have remained active in DXing and Contesting over the years.  I hold DXCC on 9 bands, am on the top of the Phone and Mixed Honor Roll, am just one off the top on CW, and am just 2 away from the RTTY honor role. I am active in the DX Challenge, have 5 Band WAZ, and am very committed to LOTW.  I am also a member of e-qsl.  I was a member of the Central Florida DX Associaton when it was active, but now I am a member of the Florida Contest Group.

I have only operated from 3 DX locations- as XE2BC in 1983, and off and on as HV3SJ in the late 80's as a guest operator.  I believe I was responsible for a large number of first WARC band contacts from the Vatican.  I was active in November 2014 as KG4LB from Guantanamo Bay, including the CQ WW DX CW contest.

 

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