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I was first licensed in 1980 as KA8KBR, received my General Call N8CNU in 1981, and retained that call as an Extra from 1982 to 1996. I’ve always been interested in Dxing, but never owned a QSL card until January, 2001. Since then I have DXCC #1 Honor Roll Mixed, Honor Roll Phone, CW, Digital, 9BDXCC, DXCC Challenge 1500, and WAC Phone. My one and only DXpedition was VP5/K2DC in December 2000.

The photo below is a Google Earth satellite photo of the QTH. You can see the tower and its shadow just to the left of the swimming pool.

I spent 13 years as a disc jockey from 1968 to 1981 in Clemson SC (WSBF 68-69), Baltimore MD (WLPL, WTOW 69-70), Broadcast Specialist in the US Army in VietNam (1970), Augusta GA (WBBQ 71-72), Jackson MS (WWUN 72), Richmond VA (Q94 72-75), Tampa FL (Q105 75-77), New York NY (99X 77-78), Dallas TX (KNUS 78), and Cleveland OH (WGCL 78-81). Most of that time I was using the on-air name Dave Collins. After bouncing around for quite a while I left the business and went back to school for the Electrical Engineering Degree I was sidetracked from in the first place.

Two years ago I retired after 26+ years Radar Antenna and RF/Microwave Engineer for a major defense contractor in Syracuse, NY. I am returning there as a Contract Consultatant on an as-needed basis. My work has been primarily involved with ground based long range air surveillance radars, missile defense radars, weather radars and air traffic control radars operating from HF through 10 GHz. Over the years, work has taken me to 10 countries on 4 continents, and 37 states including Alaska and Hawaii, several of those trips being troubleshooting missions to remote radar sites. I currently hold four US Patents for radar antenna applications.

Current equipment line-up includes a Yaesu FTdx-5000 (not shown), FT-1000MP Mark V Field, Kenwood TS-2000, Icom IC-706MKIIG (not shown), and an OM-2000+, Alpha-86 Export, and Alpha-78 amplifiers.

Antennas are a Force12 C3SS at 62’ (19M) and an Alpha Delta DX-A with half slopers for 80M and 40/160M at 58'.


73 All,

Don, K2DC



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