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Born in 1960, I was a so-called "radio kid" that was often found in Japanese school boys through 70's when the country's electric Industry was making remarkable development.

First licensed in 1975, I devoted myself into DXing. Even with TS520 and GP antenna, I worked more than 120 countries, 37 zones, all US states in three years.

After graduated from the university majored social science, I worked hard in business, married, brought up my daughter, and had forgotten about radio for 30 years.

In late 2010, I happened to read JA-CQ magazine in a book store, which featured articles on coming up cycle 24.It was then when my sleeping radio spirit got up and I soon applied for the amateur radio station with the same callsign licensed 35 years ago.

However, my home in Metropolitan Tokyo is unsuitable for radio activity because it is surrounded by buildings and noises reach S9+ at all times. So, I bought TS480 at the net auction and placed in my family`s small cottage located in the mountainous area about 100 miles west of Tokyo.

I used to dream radio operation with a KW TX+ a multi-element yagi at 30 meter high. My license could allow employing KW power, however, the site is within the Quasi-National park and the strict regulation does not allow antennas more than 13 meter above the ground (yet cottage is located at 1,350m above the sea!). Also, KW power might cause RF interference to the neighborhood where TV signals are relatively weak.

So, I decided to re-start amateur radio with bare-foot TS480 and wired antennas hooked between trees, which are almost stealth in the neighborhood.

At first, I intended to operate radio free and easy when I have time to spare from other holiday activities such as tennis, golf, hike, readings etc. But Internet technology changes it at all. Using Microbit`s RRC1258MkII, I can listen and hit paddles every morning and evening at Tokyo home as if I were in the mountain shack! It is amazing technology, which makes me devoted in DXing again. (hi)

Rig: Kenwood TS480HX (200Watts) usually operate on 40m to 10m

Antennas: Home-made end-fed half wave wire antennas for 20m, 15m, 10m

Kelemen multiband trap dipole for 80m, 40m + WARC bands

Favorite modes: CW almost 100%, hoping to start digital modes soon

License: First-Class amateur radio operator

Member of: JARL, ARRL

Most surprised technologies at re-starting ham: Remote control through Internet, DX cluster, and LOTW

Location: On the south-east slope of Yatsugadake mountain area. Mt.Akadake (2899m), the highest in the area located only 5 km west of the shack, stands like a wall to the direction (Middle East and Africa) High temperature in midsummer scarcely exceeds 25°. Low temperature in winter often goes below minus 10°.

Other activities: Tennis, Golf, Ski, Jogging, Mountain hike, Reading,

Home Address: 1-12-15 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku、Tokyo 110-0015 JAPAN

See you on the air

73

Akira


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