I have been in Amateur Radio for over forty-five years. First licensed as a Novice in 1967 as WN6VZI, I progressed through Technician (WB6VZI), General, Advanced, and finally Amateur Extra Class. My primary radio affiliation back then was the West Valley ARC, where I learned about contesting and made lifelong friends. Our upstart group of school kids used to win our category nationwide every Field Day. I later served as a member and chair of the ARRL’s Contest Advisory Committee. I’m a life member of the League, a former president of the Southern California DX Club and the L. A. Area Council of Radio Clubs, and a founding member of the Southern California Contest Club.
Contesting from both home and abroad has been a great experience. I have operated the CQ Worldwide DX contest fromfifteen zones onsix continents and have been privileged to operate beside some world-class contesters such as N6AA, N6TJ, N6ZZ (sk), K5VT (sk)and OH2BH. Watching these guys work is inspiring! I have also enjoyed the outstanding hospitality of local hams in those DX locations and the chance to see their countries in greater depth than a typical tourist might.
In the late 60’s VHF and UHF became convenient links to my HF buddies as we scrounged up old Motorola “boat anchors” with dynamotor power supplies. Over time, the gear became more sophisticated and a lot lighter! Eventually, the higher bands themselves became part of the DX and contest challenge. I have all states and dozens of countries (on all continents except Europe) confirmed on six meters. Friends and I entered VHF contests, going mountaintopping and experiencing some awesome – for the West Coast - tropo openings and even some meteor scatter (how about Montana on 2m cw?).Later, Igot hooked on "roving" (VHF-and-up contesting from multiple grid squares in a vehicle loaded with equipment and bristling with antennas for bands up to 10 GHz).
In 1992 I was relocated for work to Hawaii and found myself owning the monster station built by KH6XX. Six 90-foot towers, stacked Telrex yagis (even two elements on 75m) on two acres overlooking Waimea Bay will be hard to top in one lifetime. Alas, work giveth and work taketh away, and I returned to the Mainland four years later. I‘m now settled in Chatsworth, where most of my time is spent in public-service activities. A couple of low-band dipoles in the trees let me listen around and work the occasional HF contact from home.
Severalyears ago I decided to take the ARRL’s Level I on-line Emergency Communications course. One led to another, andsoon I hadall three levels under my belt, along with various FEMA courses. I highly recommend giving some of this training a try. Even old-timers will learn from them. I am CERT Level 3, Training Officer and a Battalion Comm Unit Leaderforthe Los Angeles Fire Department's Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) an occasional ACS instructor. As an ARES memberand Ass't DEC, I teach and take part in disaster drills - and sometimes the Real Thing!. If you’re a ham in the Los Angeles section, just visit arrllax.org, click on ARESand sign up! Register your gear and see how you can use your radio skills and our amateur spectrum to help your neighbors and your community. Involvement in disaster preparation and response has really improved hams’ image, individually and collectively, with the public. Instead of being seen as neighborhood liabilities, we are now viewed as assets!
I am an accredited Volunteer Examiner for amateur radio licensing examinations through both GLAARG and ARRL as well as a volunteer instructor and am glad to play a small part in bringing newcomers into our ham ranks and training those who want to learn more.
I am pleased tobe serving asVice-Director for the ARRL Southwestern Division since my election in2007, and I enjoy the opportunityto work with and for our members. The more I learn about theworkings of the League and its vast pool of volunteers, the more convinced I am as to the value of the ARRL to all radio amateurs. I have given numerous talks on a variety of Amateur Radio topics at clubs, hamfests, conventions and for community groups such as CERT teams.I welcome invitations to speak; my Web site includes a list and brief description of around a dozen programs I can offer.
Professionally, I was a Certified Public Accountant for nearly three decades, providing financial audits, SEC registration work, internal control services and internal training and quality-control reviews for a major international firm. I retired to have more time with my family, my community, and – oh yeah - amateur radio!
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