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My first exposure to amateur radio was through my cousin and "Elmer," Randy, WA4QNM, of Lightfoot (just outside of colonial Williamsburg), Virginia. No longer active today, Randy was the person who first told me about ham radio, and began teaching me Morse code. During one summer visit in the early 1960s to his parents' small motel business near Williamsburg, I helped Randy put up something new- a quad antenna. Made with bamboo spreaders, the loops barely cleared the ground in the back of the motel, just behind the utility shed in which Randy was allowed to have his rig - a Johnson Viking II xmtr and Drake 2-B receiver. QSOs were on CW or AM phone. One day, after getting the quad QRV on 10 meters, we pointed it south and Randy called CQ, on 10 meter AM phone. After numerous calls with no answer, we were about to give up, thinking the antenna didn't work (it was only 5 feet off the ground!), when we heard a signal calling us. It was fading up and down, but was Q5, and we copied the callsign- it was a PZ station - something neither of us had ever heard of! Randy looked at me and exclaimed, "'Pea - Zed?' -  what's a 'pea - zed?'" He frantically dug out a list of DX prefixes and we learned that PZ was a place called "Suriname." His eyes bugged out and I can still remember him yelling, "Suriname? Where the HECK is Suriname??!" It was a very exciting moment....and, even though I wasn't the operator, my first DX contact. 

That did it for me- even though I was years away from becoming a ham, I had been bitten by the DX bug!


I now upload QSOs (both daily logbook and Contest QSOs) to ARRL Logbook of the World. Please join LoTW for fast, efficient QSLing.

If you wish to receive a physical QSL card, please send your QSL with SAE (self-addressed envelope) AND postage...either U.S. Postage stamps (best method for USA QSLs), or IRC or Green Stamp ($2) for DX reply. Your card will go out usually within 24-48 hours of receipt.



Due to QRZ.COM software glitch, ALL QSOs were recently DELETED by their software while updating to their "new" Logbook format. I am attempting to answer your waiting QSL requests; some have been answered but many were lost because of the new software which apparently deleted all of them! Please RE-SUBMIT your QSL request and I will confirm via new QRZ logbook system.

Thanks to all!


Peter  KU2M

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