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I reply direct to all direct QSLs received.  I do not QSL via the bureau.

I have been licensed since 1955, originally as KN2QBW when I was 12, and have held W2RS  since 1976. Extra Class since 1958. General Radiotelephone and Radiotelegraph licenses with radar endorsement. I have lived in seven US call areas (W1-W7), and my other callsigns have included K1WXC, K2QBW, WA4IJR and G5DDU. So far, I have operated from 44 US states and 23 DXCC entities.

My favorite ham activity is working DX. I have all 340 DXCC "entities" confirmed, which puts me on top of the DXCC Honor Roll. Aside from working any "all time new ones" that might come along, I no longer chase awards or compete seriously in contests. I just work DX for the fun of it.

Other current ham interests include satellites, antique radio, and CW operation generally. I can sometimes also be found on RTTY or AM, as well as 50 MHz during the sporadic-E season or DXing on 60m. At previous locations, I was active in weak-signal DXing on 144 MHz, EME, HF and VHF contesting, LF, traffic nets, and various other aspects of amateur radio. I may return to them some day. I have written many articles for QST, RadCom, The AMSAT Journal, and other ham publications, mostly about satellites and EME.

Some of the other operating awards I have received over the years are:

CW DXCC Honor Roll

9 Band DXCC (10-160)

Satellite DXCC No. 13

Satellite WAC No. 6

The satellite awards were earned entirely via LEO spacecraft. In addition, I am happy to have participated in the first two-way contact in any radio service via satellite-to-satellite relay, with W2BXA (SK) in 1975, as well as the first known contact via satellite ionization trail reflection, a propagation mode discovered by W8JK (SK), with K3JTE (now W3PK) in 1960. I was active on 144 MHz EME in 1985-95 with 150 watts and a single Yagi, working 37 stations on CW. If you'd like to know more about that, please see my articles in February 1989 and October 1990 QST, and May 1992 RadCom.

I have lived in Green Valley, Arizona, since 2004, after relocating from Glen Rock, New Jersey. Green Valley is in the Sonoran desert, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Tucson and 40 miles (64 km) north of the Mexican border. It is 3000 feet (900m) above sea level, and is called "Green" because of the many trees (see the view from my QTH in the photo above).

Member Green Valley ARC (http://gvarc.us), Arizona Outlaws Contest Club, A-1 Operator Club, ARRL, RSGB, AMSAT (past executive vice president and director), AMSAT-UK, AWA, CCA, CDXC, CSVHFS, FISTS (12891), OOTC, PVRC, QCWA and SKCC (11178), among others. Fellow, Radio Club of America. I have belonged to many other clubs at previous locations, including W1AF and W1MX.

My main HF station presently includes a Ten-Tec Orion II transceiver and two amplifiers, a Collins 30L-1 and an Elecraft KPA500. On 50 MHz, the KPA500 is driven by my Elecraft KX3 and a Mirage amp. For AM, I have a Yaesu FT-102/FV-102DM and a Collins 75S-1. Antennas are a Hy-Gain AV620 vertical for 6-20 meters and a 130-foot (40m) inverted-L for the lower bands. For information about my KISS satellite station and reconstructed 1950s Novice station, please go to the GVARC Web site and click on Technical Page. I am also a Collins collector.

I'm happy to be able to serve the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), currently as a member of its Satellite Advisory Panel, which does frequency coordination for the amateur-satellite service (www.iaru.org/satellite).

I am married with two grown sons, and hold BSEE and MBA degrees.  Before retiring in 2000, I worked in inv0estment banking in New York and London.

I support the DX Code of Conduct (http://dx-code.org).

Thank you for your interest, and CU on the air!

73, Ray


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