There is nothing remarkable to present as biographical material here, at least not in the realm of amateur radio. I did install and continue to maintain the oldest packet network node in Ohio, and otherwise the biggest achievement (if one can call it that) is the very conventional one of having worked and confirmed all the current DXCC entities, with a total of 367 altogether. (I probably should send in the cards to make the #1 Honor Roll status official sometime before I fall off the edge of the table.) Perhaps this is a bit uncommon, though, in that it was accomplished casually and very much on the side while I was usually living and working somewhere else. Working the DX came easily, since I had rather insanely located my part-time station atop a wilderness hill rising 400' (120 m) above the surrounding terrain, allowing me to use relatively quite modest antennas and towers (usually purchased used, for under $1000 altogether) while running less than the legal power limit. (Computer simulation indicates [not infallibly] that the terrain's reflection and diffraction produce low-angle radiation sometimes at amplitudes of tens of decibels above what the same antennas would transmit over flat terrain, and the installation competes effectively with much larger contest-class stations.) I use no antennas that I can not install and maintain single-handedly, my largest one being a four-element close-spaced 20 m yagi at a tower height of 78' (23.8 m).
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