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Hello de Ron, K1HZ

I was first licensed in January, 1963 as KN1ZSY. I am a second generation ham. I am the son of Howard W1HZ (SK in 1988). I grew up listening to CW. I seem to remember that I knew Morse code well before I learned the alphabet. I guess one could say that I learned it by rhythm. My dad was a very well known DXer, CW operator and electronic inventor. He was a great tutor and Elmer. My two brothers gained their licenses shortly after me. Howard, WA1HJX (SK) and my twin brother Tom, WA1HCX.  I quickly upgraded my license to general and my call became K1ZSY. Shortly thereafter I upgraded to extra. In 1975 the FCC opened up the 1 X 2 call base for a very short time period. I jumped at the opportunity and grab the call K1HZ.

Professionally, I am an electronic engineer with a BSEE/MSEE. I worked for the government for the first 10 years of my employment.  I then worked for 3 different major computer companies and retired from Fujitsu America as the Vice President North American sales.

Through the 60's and 70's I had the privilege of operating from several DX locations including: KP4, 6Y, HP, KG4, ZF, C6, VP5, KV4 (KP2), YV5, HK2, HK8, HC2, OA4, CE3, CE7, LU, CX, PY1, PY7, PZ, YV5, KC4, KZ5, ZF, VP9, 3W, HS, KH6, G, F, DL, OK, 4X, HB and OE.

My favorite mode of operation is CW. Probably 99.9% of all of my QSO's are using CW. I am a past member of the First Class C W Operators Club (FOC)  #1454. Like my father, I love to chase DX. My current Mixed DXCC total is 355.  I am now fully retired and live in an area where antennas are not appreciated. For the past 15 years I have had to say good bye to a rather efficient antenna system. I now operate typically with 100 watts and occasionally 400 watts using either a IC-7410(w/ AL-811) or IC-756 PRO II (w/ AL80B) feeding a 70' long wire through an SGC SG-235 tunerat the feed point,with several buried radials.  It is not the most efficient antenna system by far; however, to date I have been able to work 301 DXCC countries with this very modest station. I guess that says something as to the power of CW. I was even able to work all of the countries that I had missed during an extended period of inactivity. I am amazed at what I can work with 100 watts and a very modest long wire strung from 7' at the driven end to 35' at the open end. In the past 15 years the only DX expedition that I did not work was BS7H. I don't think I was the only one to miss that operation.

73's (161's) and good DX,

Ron   K1HZ

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