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Born in 1953, I've been an SW broadcast DX'er on and off for over 40 years, and in June 2006 decided it was time to get licensed. So after a couple weeks of studying the questions and code, I got on the air with an ICOM 756PRO II feeding a Cobra Ultralight Jr. in an inverted vee configuration at about 50 feet. I passed my Extra exam in late June 2006, and was granted K4XD on July 18.

My primary interests are DX'ing and contesting, and have managed to get 9 band DXCC, 2400 in Challenge and 322 HR confirmed.  I belong to PVRC which has been a great help with contesting.  Also having fun with county hunting, and still need about 240 more.  I also get enjoy kit and station building, including integrating "appliances" with software for convenient operation.

My station has grown to an SO2R setup with two ICOM 756 PRO II's and a microHAM MK2R+ controller.  An ICOM IC-910 handles full duplex satellite operation, and I have a Genesis SDR kit for 40M, and a FlexRadio 5000 for learning about SDR. A 1kw Tokyo HyPower HL-1.5KFX amp gives me a couple of db from 160M to 6M. That coupled with an MFJ-998 auto tuner gives me instant-on, no-tune, point and click convenience on all bands.

Antennas now include a 3 El SteppIR with the "trombone," covering 40-6M and up 50 feet on a surplus military mast; an inverted L for 160M, and a Cobra Ultralight (the "Sr" or longer one) covering 80-10 for the second radio in SO2R.  A pair of M2 beams on a Yaesu AZEL rotator handle the birds.

I QSL direct or via the buro, and all logs are uploaded using DXKeeper to LoTW and eQSL.cc.

My career is in computers and software, having worked at Data General, Q+E Software, INTERSOLV, HAHT Commerce, GXS and now ReadSoft, where I manage the subsidiary integrating document capture with Oracle E-Business Suite.

See you on the bands!

73, Rowland

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