First licensed in 1960 as DJ6RD in Germany. When Arnold, W9IGH came to our city of Villingen to visit the SABA Radio/TV factory he wanted to meet a local ham operator .
I was lucky enough to be it. A little later he sponsored me to come the US to work for him but I was off the air for years until after my tour of duty in the US Army in Viet Nam and after Barry Goldwater K7UGA pushed for reciprocal licenses to be issued to foreign nationals . My first chance to operate in the US was in Columbus GA, where A Local ham with a radio store let me use his equipment. For a short time I operated as DJ6RD/W4 and then DJ6RD/W9. A few years Iater I got my permanent US call N9RD.
I enjoy working DX on all bands and love jumping into any pile up. My preferred mode of operation is CW but also a little SSB to keep in touch with old friends who can not operate CW.
Getting to the top of the SSB Honor roll was my first goal . Lately I enjoy a little RTTY and PSK to keep up with the digital world while I am waiting patiently to work a legitimate P5 for my last CW country .
Too bad that ARRL did not accept Eds card ( P5/4L4FN ) for CW .
My station consists of a FT1000mp and a Heathkit SB240 Amplifier (a prototype that never made the market)
The antenna is a 15 element 5 Band yagi @ 73 feet (Force12, 5BA) for lower bands I use dipoles.
On the road I use my FT857D with an ATAS 120A antenna and a Bencher paddle to work CW .
I am retired and enjoy traveling with my wife Kathy WB9KTV to places that we have not been before.
I hope to meet you in the bands.
Best 73's Jürgen
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