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I've been asked so, here's the answer: I was born in the Parish of Matriz, City of Horta, Island of Faial, Archipelago of Azores, Country of Portugal.

At school age I became an avid SWL collecting QSLs, pendants and banners from broadcast stations from many countries. In late 1959 I was introduced to CB and my first radio was a Globe CB100 - I still have the manual. The 1960s saw me upgrading to newer radios with more channels. Although my Globe had 3 channels, it only came with one set of crystals. Quement Electronics in San Jose, California became my "Candy Store." Manny Navalhas, a senior employee at Quements managed to take me to my first DX Convention in 1964 in Fresno, California in an attempt to convert me from CB into Ham Radio. Unfortunately for me, he did not succeed but sold me a nice Drake SW4A receiver and later other radios.

It wasn't until many years later, while listening to the CNET Radio Station in the San Francisco Bay Area that I was challenged to get into my car and drive across the Bay to the College of San Mateo, where I took my test, and then went home to wait for my license to arrive. And, that was the beginning of today. I still spend a few hours listening to SW as well as to the many experienced ham radio operators always willing to share their time, knowledge and advice. A few years ago I embraced the 10 meters band where I've made many QSOs and "Friends" in many different countries of the world. October is my favorite month for this band and when propagation is not so good, I spend some time looking at the many beautiful QSL cards I received. And if one of these beautiful cards came from you, please accept my sincere Thank You.

NOTE: Most DX OPERATORS request 2 green stamps for postage and I always send it with my QSL card. On some occasions I sent a singleTwo dollar bill instead of the 2 One dollar bills. I was surprised to receive with some QSL cards notes thanking me for the RARE Two Dollar bill they received for their collection, souvenir or whatever other reason they indicated.

I have a fair supply of these Two Dollar bills.If you send me a Direct DX QSL card and want me to refund your postage with one of these Two Dollar bills, please send a note with your QSL card.




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