I have always been interested in radio, even since childhood. When I was 10 years old, the neighbor kids had a short-wave receiver in their basement that we would play with frequently. It was amazing to listen to all of the different kinds of sounds the radio would receive. We listened to short wave broadcast, airline, commercial and amateur radio. What great fun! I sent for and received a QSL card from HCJB. Later, I was elmered by my good friend WA7AID and was first licensed in 1966 and got my General a year later. My Dad built me a "shack" in the backyard and I built a tri-band quad and put it on top of a telephone pole that was later supplemented with various wire antennas.
DX and all of the things that go with it has always been of greatest interest to me. When I lose the itch to DX I wll stop. But it hasn't happened yet!
I added the DX'ers Code of Conduct symbol on my page because in my lifetime of DX'ing, the unwritten code of behavior in the DX community has really taken a dive. You listen to a DX station trying to make contacts. He gets a partial call and requests a fill. Take a listen to the pile-up. Every station that was calling still is, eventhough they all know there is only one particular callsign he is looking for. After a few more moments, the DX station has to ask the pile-up to QRX, he is only looking for that certain station. Finally, the desired caller finds his way into the log. This scenario repeats itself 50,000 times. Imagine how much faster the DX station could make contacts if everybody just followed the DX Code of Conduct. Now if all DX'ers would agree to put some teeth in it and get some skin in the game, progress would be made. Lets say you are listening to a pile-up and you hear an offending caller. You make a recording of it and you send it to the ARRL. If they agree that this is incorrect behavior, they put the offender on probation. Get reported again and you lose your DXCC status. You have to admit- the hobby would be a better place. Until then, it is an embarassment to be associated with behavior like that.
I am currenty using a Kenwood TS-590 and an Ameritron AL-80A amplifier feeding a Tennadyne T-6 and a bunch of wires.
In '07 I got DXCC No.1 and when I can catch PDRK and Bouvet on CW, I will have 'em all on my favorite mode.
I like building small QRP radios and hauling them to the tops of Utah mountains and making contacts.
I am an Architect by profession and I focus on comercial projects. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have 4 grown children.
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