Brief ham radio history:
First licensed in 1970, I Have operated in the following DX locations:
5W Western Samoa
FP St.Pierre et Miquelon
KH8 American Samoa
V73 Marshall Is
VP2K St. Kitts
Current station: TenTec Orion II; TenTec Titan; TenTec Omni VII; Alpha 9500; HB 3x3 6M amp; Pair of TenTec 238 Tuners. Microham MK2R+ and Station Master band decoders, controlling siamesed 2x6 and 2x8 remote antenna switches. Homebrew W3NQN bandpass filters at each position, switched by Array Solutions FM6's. Yaesu FT225RD+ARR preamp, RF Concepts brick; 222Mc Elecraft transverter, TenTec Omni VI+ i.f., RF Concepts brick; Operating console is a homebrew 'lift-table', powered by 24VDC linear actuators.
Antennas: 160-1/4wave Vertical tower, vertically polarized rectangular full wave loop; 80-5element steerable vertical array (parasitic), Full Wave loop; 40-JK Antennas JK403 over Discoverer 72 Yagis; 20-4/4 HyGain 204BA; 15-5/5 HyGain 155CA; 10-5/5 HyGain 105CA; WARC-Cushcraft A3WS w/30M add-on; 6-HyGain 6 element DX66; 2m-8el Overbeck Quagi;222-8el Overbeck Quagi;1000'+ 2 wire Beverage listening antennas (6 directions).
Amateur radio has been a lifelong blessing for me. It has shaped my personal and professional life in many positive ways, and has been a conduit for meeting numerous remarkable people. My very best friends are Hams, and they are, without exception, the finest examples of character, generosity and integrity. Ham radio has to be the best avocation there is!