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 enjoied listening to 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. With the help of Fernando, KP4ALL (SK) and Regelio, KP4AYX (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 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 entiry 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 DXiexpedition 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 comminications Manager) for Puerto Rico for several years. In 1980 I was appointed member of the ARRL's DX Advisory Committee (only member ever residing outside of the lower 48).
In 1988 I moved to Miami, Florida, where I currently reside. From Miami I have worked 339 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 ex-calls: NP4A (special event station) and AJ4BDL (1976 -- U.S bicentennial). I am also ZF2DN. Married for 39 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� am chasing W1AW/#, and doing some ARRL Centenial QSO Party (worth 100 points as PSM.� My other hobbies are photography, boating and fishing. My brother is Isaac, KP4MS, whom I help with QSL'ing duties. If you send in your card for KP4MS, KP4AM or KP4AM/D via W4DN, send a SASE (in the U.S.) or SAE with $1.10 in US stamps or US$1.10 cash. PLEASE DO NOT SEND I.R.C.s --old or new. Please note that Bureau cards for KP4MS and KP4AM (a call now held by�the Caribbean Amateur Radio Association) should go to the KP4-Bureau only, NOT the W4 bureau. I have the original KP4AM/Desecheo logs and cards. If you need a card, please email me (dnovoa at bellsouth dot net) the QSO information first, I'll check the logs and reply you. Note: The logs are handwritten and contain over 21,000 QSOs, so please try to be as precise on the QSO info as you can. When I confirm by email that you are in the log, then send your card directly to me. I am not QSL manager for any other station.
TU es 73. --Dave.
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