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This is a picture of sunrise out my window, looking overĀ  morning fog in the Rogue River valley, taken during Dawn Patrol.

I have been licensed since 1956, and have been active the majority of that time, mostly doing CW DXing. I am the author of "The Complete DX'er", as well as "A Year of DX", co-founder of Bencher, Inc. and founder of Idiom Press.

I am the founder of the current DX Marathon, a part of the CQ Magazine operating program and so ably managed by K9EL.

Bencher Inc. ceased operation in 2015. The Butternut and Bencher antenna product lines were sold to DX Engineering, and the Bencher Paddle products were taken over by Vibroplex, making my retirement possible.

I passed Idiom Press to my son Rob, W7GH, who later sold the business to Ham Supply in Colorado.

I was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and first licensed in 1956 as KN0HGB. After university I spent 30 years in the northern suburbs of Chicago, then moved to rural Sonoma County California for 10 years, finally moving to Grants Pass, Oregon in 2004. I figure on staying here in southwest Oregon.

My shack at the moment is an Elecraft K3, driving an SPE 2K-FA solid-state amplifer to 1500 watts. I use a Bencher BY-4 paddle and a CMOS-4 keyer. Antennas include a four element 40 meter yagi, a three element 30 meter yagi, a Bencher Skylark, which is a duoband yagi for 12/17 meters, and a Bencher Skyhawk tribander. This is easily the best station and antenna farm I have ever had, and I am very much enjoying the results. Special thanks goes to my neigbhbor K7ZV.

My major operating activity the last few years has been the CQ DX Marathon. It has really restored the fun of DX'ing for me. If you consider yourself a serious DX'er you need to be in the DX Marathon.

I would especially like to thank my wife Judy for her support and understanding. She has supported me and my hobby for over 50 years now.

The adventure continues! 73 - Bob Locher W9KNI

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