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Handle is Bill. I originally obtained my Novice licensed, WN2LYO, on Nov 22, 1963 - the day that President Kennedy was assassinated.  The General license, WB2LYO, came a little over 5 months later on May 5, 1964.  Both licenses were granted when I was teenager and growing up near Schenectady, NY.  I used my home call /9 from 1966-1970 while a student at Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Ind. And though amateur radio took a back seat for several years after college, I did get the new call, WB8TKD on Oct 11, 1974 while living near Cleveland, OH. and K5WAF on Sep 19, 2000 after moving to Houston, TX.  And I finally bite the bullet and got the Amateur Extra Class license on March 9, 2002.

Currently my station includes a Flex 6700 and an Expert 1.3K-FA amplifier with a Steppir 3 Element Yagi/30-40m trombone, BigIR Vertical with 80m coil, dipoles on 80 and 40 meters, an Inverted L on 160m and a Pixel RF Pro 1B receive loop. 

I am normally active on the HF bands.  2014 was exciting with the ARRL Centennial W1AW/p activity where I ended up as #1 on the Leader Board, in large part due to the support from Trish, my XYL (and we received an unbelievable trophy from the ARRL!) and the CQ DX Marathon where I ended with 279 Countries and 40 zones.  But 2015 was a let down after all of that due to multiple antenna and equipment failures in January 2015 -- everything being fixed around Oct 2015.  

County Hunting, which has been on my radar for the last couple of years took a back seat in 2014/2015 but I started to pick it up again in 2016/7 and began working at getting all 3077 on CW and SSB.  As of August 2017 I am 92 counties short on CW and 69 short on SSB.  

I have also been interested in DXpeditions -- though now it seems these are mostly in the rear view mirror. So far 9H3WF (March 2006), VP2V/K5WAF (2007), 5J0E (2008), C91TX (2009), H7V (2010) and 8P9WF (2011).

Affliations: * ARRL (Life Member) * FISTS: #8843, CC#1304 * QCWA: #31658 * 10-10: #73432 * ARLS: #672 * TDXS [#158] * VE * Straight Key Century Club #1429 * CW Ops #651

DXCC Honor Roll (Mixed and CW), 8BDXCC [CW/Phone/RTTY], 9BWAS [CW/Phone/RTTY], 9BWAC, 5BWAZ (194). and CQ USA-County Award 3077 [#1241] and CQ WPX Award of Excellence..

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