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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, teletype, 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, was first licensed in 1966 and got my general call WA7FSB a year later. I have been continuously licensed since then. 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 festooned 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 am currenty using a Kenwood TS-590 and an Ameritron AL-80A amplifier feeding a Tennadyne T-8 and a bunch of wires with hardline. While it is by comparison, quite a modest station, it does work DX just fine.

In '07 I got ARRL DXCC No.1 and when I can catch PDRK and Bouvet on CW, I will have 'em all on the only "true" mode.

I like building small QRP radios and hauling them to the tops of Utah mountains and making contacts. I have an Elecraft K1 that is powered by a 6AH li-ion battery, my initial foray into this technology. The K1 is more like a traditional radio and I really enjoy it a lot. My portable antenna is a center-fed dipole that I mount on a fishing pole. The last little while I have been active on SOTA, which gives me a chance to combine two of my favorite interests- radio and wilderness.

If you wish to exchange contact confirmation via LOTW, drop me a note at my call at yahoo dot com and I will enter it in.

I am an Architect by profession and I focus primarily on comercial projects. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have 4 grown children.

 

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