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     QSLs for VP2MOR, TG9/W0OR, TG8/W0OR, CP6/W0OR, HK0/W0OR, YS4/W0OR and HC1/W0OR and HC1WDT should be sent direct to W0OR. U.S. amateurs enclose an SASE. Others enclose 2 green stamps, an SASE, or an IRC. Please note that the TG8/W0OR operation took place in February and March of 2012. The TG9/W0OR operation took place in 2003. I have received several QSLs with the wrong call for the 2012 operation, which was from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Quetzaltenango is in TG8 land.  Logs from all of the above DX operations except CP6/W0OR have been uploaded to LOTW.  

I was first licensed in Minnesota in 1954 as a novice, with the call WN0WDW. I had become interested in radio through boy scouts. Later, I obtained the general license and was W0WDW. In those years I was very active as a traffic handler on 80 meter cw. I also became interested in contesting, especially the Sweepstakes. My family moved to California in 1958 and I was assigned the call K6QXC. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific, in 1962 I moved to Oregon and was assigned the call K7PNE. Later I was drafted into the Army and served in California, Louisiana and Georgia. Upon discharge, I traveled extensively in Europe for about half a year, then moved back to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, earning a Masters degree in speech/communication. I was assigned the call W0LKJ. When old calls were made available in the early 70's, I applied for my old call, W0WDW and got it. After some years of inactivity, I obtained the Extra Class license in the 1980's and in 1997 obtained the vanity call, W0OR. I am an avid contester (5 times Minnesota CW Sweepstakes winner; first place worldwide ARRL DX Contest, CW in 1985 at KV4FZ, etc.). I have participated in contest DX-peditions to TG9, CP6, HK0, YS4 and VP2M. I also operated from TG8 land while studying in a Spanish immersion school in 2012. I am a member of the Twin City DX Association (see www.tcdxa.org) and the Minnesota Wireless Association (see www.w0aa.org). Among my awards are DXCC, WAZ, WAS, and A-1 Op. Together with N0AT, I finished first in the world in the 10 meter RTTY contest from VP2MWG in 2011, and second in the world in the ARRL 160 meter contest from VP2MWG.  I also hold the call HC1WDT, which is licensed to my home in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

From 1975-1982 I served 4 terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I owned and operated a video production and duplication business, Master Communications Group, Inc. for more than 20 years, which I sold in 2002. Today I am a semi-retired public safety radio consultant and manage four vacation townhouses in the Miramar Beach area of Florida (www.vacationdestin.com).  I also own a home in Cotacachi, Ecuador, which is for rent on VRBO.com, as are the Florida townhouses.

My wife Christine and I have been married for 42 years; I have two adult children, Kassie and Josh, and am finally in a position to once again spend a little time on ham radio. Other hobbies include golf, distance running, international travel, writing, playing jazz piano, learning to speak Spanish, and politics.

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