I was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico (hometown of the world's largest ionospheric observatory) in 1943. My first contact with Amateur Radio came as a Short Wave Listener (SWL). When I was 13, I loved to listen to AM SW stations around the world. One day I heard two guys chating on the "41-meter broadcast band". -- It was atuallly the 40-meter Amateur Radio phone (AM) band.-- They were Pedro, KP4ES (SK) and Luis, KP4RE (SK). I got interest in Ham Radio and with the help of Fernando, KP4ALL (SK), Regelio, KP4AYX (SK) and Bill, KP4AQQ (SK), I learned code and theory and was finally licensed at the age of 17 as WP4BDL (Novice). I upgraded to General Class and was issued KP4BDL, which I held until 1976, when I passed my Extra Class exam before an FCC inspector (including sending and receiving Morse code at 20+ WPM with a straight key), and was issued the call KP4AM. In those years I took some trips to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and operated as KV4IM and VP2VDK respectively.
In 1976, while attending the University of Puerto Rico Law School, I learned that Desecheo Island, just 13 miles west of Puerto Rico, did not belong to Puerto Rico, but was a U.S. Federal possession, administarted by the Fish and Wildlife Sevice. After years of submitting documents to the ARRL and the FWLS, we got a new DXCC entity and a permit to land and operate. So, in March of 1979, I led the first ever accreditated DXpedition to Desecheo Island (KP4AM/D). I was accompanied by KP4Q (now NP4A); KP4DSD, N4ZC, KV4KV and N4EA (SK). The DXpedition was sponsored by the Northern California DX Foundation. We made over 21,000 QSO's in 4 1/2 days. At that time, that was a record. The were no computers and no logging software!
I am a past president of the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Club, the DX Club of Puerto Rico and the South Florida DX Association. From Puerto Rico I made the DXCC Honor Roll with 327 "countries" confirmed, WAZ, WPX and many other awards, plus a lot of contesting. I served as ARRL Section Manager (then Section Communications Manager) for Puerto Rico for several years. In 1980 I was appointed by ARRL President Harry Dannals, W2HD, member of the ARRL's DX Advisory Committee (only member ever residing outside of the lower 48 and Canada). At that time, the DXAC consisted of 11 members (one for each call area --0 to 9--, and one from Canada, appoitnted by the ARRL President.
In 1988 I moved to Miami, Florida, where I currently reside. From Miami I have worked 340 DXCC entities with 338 confirmed (DXCC Honor Roll), and more than 100 countries in 8 bands. (5-Band DXCC + 30, 17 and 12 meters. The Challange plaque hangs on the wall with my 5BDXCC & 2 Honor Roll plaques. I am a member and proud supporter of the following amateur radio organizations: ARRL (40-year+ life member), Florida Contest Group, Northern California DX Foundation (since 1979, member #750), INDEXA, Chiltern DX Club --The U.K. DX Foundation, the South Florida DX Association (past president, vice pres, secretary and director), and the Southeastern DX Club. I am an ARRL S.E. Division Assistant Director. My station consists of a Yaesu FT-2000, an FT-950 and a Yaesu Quadra Amplifier. Antennas: Cushcraft 4 element yagis for 20- and 15-meter bands, 3 element yagi on 10; 2-element yagis for 30 and 40 meters, A3W for 12 &17, plus a sloper for 80 meters. Other calls held: NP4A (special event station) and AJ4BDL (1976 -- U.S bicentennial). I am also ZF2DN.
I have been married for 40 years (to the same wife!), have three grown-up sons and two granddaughters. I am a semi-retired lawyer. I work DX mostly on CW, some phone and some RTTY. As this time, there are not many new countries for me to work, so I enyoy my other hobbies, photography, boating and fishing and target shooting. -- I own several pistols and a rifle.
Please note that my brother Isaac, KP4MS, whom I used to help with QSL'ing duties, became a silent key on 11/22/14. I will try to upload his logs to LoTW ASAP. Please do not send me card for KP4MS via bureau.
TU es 73. --Dave.
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