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If you are looking at the picture, I was at the Colorado River, where I had a jet ski boat and vacation house trailer for 25 years. That's a Motorola HT-100 450 MHz Handy-Talkie in my left hand and a Coors beer in my right hand.

I've been licenced since 1958. For many years I was K6MQG and spent most of my time DXing on 20 meters. In 1967, I married Elaine WB6KVG and moved away from my monoband Yagi. Over the years, we put up little tribanders in various QTHs and kept chasing DX. Just before the big Laguna Beach fire in 1993, I took down my last HF Yagi and went virtually inactive on HF and just used 450 MHz on the Cactus Radio System.

In 2008 I had some spare time on a business trip to Rome, so I put a wire out my hotel window and listened to the CQ WW 160 CW contest on a little shortwave radio. That made the juices start to flow again. Soon after that, two Cactus Radio friends landed on Ducie Island with a big DXpedition team (VP6DX). I pulled my radio out of the closet, threw up a little inverted Vee and worked them on 10 through 80.

I have been very active, but have only had a vertical on 10 through 80 at the Laguna Beach house. When I went off the DX hunt, I only needed one country (ZA). When I got back on, I needed 17 "entities" and now that number is four. If you count deleted countries, my current DXCC total is 372 and DXCC Challenge is 1920 (none deleted). I hope to get an antenna on 160 and get some F2 openings on 6 meters to get that Challenge number higher.

Currently, the setup here in Prescott, AZ is a K3, Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5KFX and a 5 element LFA Yagi on 6 feet over the roof. This summer Es season has been a lot different than last summer when I was in Laguna Beach. We didn't get the normal pipeline into Hawaii nor the nice openings into JA. It is nice not to have the huge hill that blocked my shot to the east and hopefully DXing to the east and into South America will be better than it was in Laguna.

The picture shows what was my Laguna Beach shot to the Pacific and long path into Europe and the Middle East. The antenna was effectively 725 feet up in that direction as well as to the north.

My wife (WB6KVG) and I have pretty much transitioned over to our house in Prescott AZ (hence the address shown above), where I put up a DX-70 tower and a SteppIR DB-36 on January 24, 2015. It rocks, what a difference after suffering with verticals for a couple of decades.

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