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Greetings from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, located about 35 km (22 miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles, California.

I live 460 meters (1,500 feet) north of the former rhombic antenna site that legendary DXer Don Wallace, W6AM (SK), owned until the mid-1980s. My home is 373 meters (1,225 feet) above sea level and has a great view of the Los Angeles Basin--which would also seem perfect for amateur radio. But my homeowners association here does not allow any external antennas. Over 95% of my HF contacts use simple indoor horizontal wire dipoles in an upstairs room with 100 watts or less, which work fine when propagation is favorable. On a few occasions I use a temporary long-wire thrown onto a tree branch. I really appreciate the DX operators who have been patient to copy my QSO information when band conditions start to deteriorate.

I am very active in the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club (K6PV) and an operator in their annual Islands On The Air DXpedition to Catalina Island (NA-066), ARRL Field Day, and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend at the Pt. Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes. You can learn more about the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club at its website, k6pv.org. I also belong to the Southern California DX Club and the 220 Spectrum Management Association which coordinates 1.25-meter amateur radio repeaters in Southern California. 

My HF rigs are Elecraft KX-3 with KXPA100 amplifier, Kenwood TS-590SG, an earlier Kenwood TS-590S, Flex 1500, and Yaesu FT-897D. RTTY and CW contests have become my two favorite HF modes given the antenna limitations here, but I also participate in SSB contests.

On the public service front, I actively participate as a radio operator at many events locally and through the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service which is overseen by our Sheriff's Department.

I was appointed ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager, effective June 1, 2016, after serving as Chair of the Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs and its quadrennial HAMCON convention that is also an ARRL Southwestern Division Convention.  I look forward to meeting as many hams as possible in the ARRL Los Angeles Section during the year ahead and working to further the interests of amateur radio here.


Diana, AI6DF

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