My introduction to ham radio came when I lived in Orange, Connecticut during my 9th grade days. Frank Roddy, K1DGX, was a classmate, and he would talk about his enthusiasm for the hobby. But, my family moved from New Haven to La Jolla, California in late 1958. It was there that I met Paul Paulsen, K6IXV, also a high school classmate. Paul was a General, and had a DX100 with a Halicrafters receiver in his garage. It was the hey-day of the sunspot high of highs. I helped Paul with the logging when he entered the 1958 CQ WW Phone contest. His 10 meter contact with XW8AL hooked me on DX!
Soon I had taken the Novice Test, and was on the air myself with an old DX-35 crystal controlled transmitter and an SX-99 Halicrafters receiver as WV6EPQ. My first QSO was on 40 CW with WV6ERM, now AA6AA. I had to wait some 20 years for Steve's QSL when I discovered who he was at the Southern California DX Club! By early 1960 I had passed the General Test, and moved on to a Heathkit Apache with a Hammarlund HQ 170 Receiver. My brother Bob was soon bitten with the bug, and followed with WV6IPY, and then WA6IPY (now WX4G). We erected a TA32 Jr. Tribander on a pushup pole, but really struggled to get out. Paul, Bob, and I were carefully nurtured by an old seasoned DXer, Ralph Culbertson, W6CHV. Ralph would take us to the San Diego DX Club Meetings which were always held in a member's home. So, we got to see what the real California Killowatts looked like!
I went off to Cornell University for a year, and joined the Cornell University Amateur Radio Club, W2CXM. That's where I met K2BYF, Bill McConnell, now N9US. Bill and I had a great time playing in the CQ Contest from Cornell. We have stayed in contact all these years. For a W6, it was a real treat working all those Europeans! But my heart was in California, so after my Freshman Year I returned to California. By that time the family had moved to Los Angeles in the Palos Verdes area.
I came home in December 1961 for Christmas to find a new beam on the roof, and wow, was that locaton better. When I returned for good in June, Bob and I put up a tower and a home brew 5 element 20 meter beam. Bob led the charge building an amplifier with four 811A's and a power supply with Mercury Vapor refcifiers, and we were on the air big time long path on 20 as the purple glow of the power supply filled the room! The DX followed from there. I had transfereed to UCLA, and commuted to class. So, I operated from home quite a bit. I became very close friends with Jerry Hagen, WA6GLD, later N6AV, who has since passed away. Bob, Jerry, and I started making the yearly trek to the Fresno/Visalia DX Convention as Southern California DX Club members. My location was under the shadow of one of the old DX greats, Don Wallace, W6AM. Bob and I had a key to Don's station for many years, and operated the rhombic farm occasionally.
After graduateing from college, I got an apartment of my own, then got married, and so from 1968 to 1972 I was not very active except as an operator at one of the multi multis. I helped out at W6RW, W6VSS, and W6ANN.
In 1973, I bought a house and put up a 70 foot tower with a 2 element 40, the 5 element 20, and a small home made duo-band 10-15 beam. In 1974 I joined the CQ WW Contest Committee, and became Co-Director of the CQ WW in 1975 with Bob Cox, K3EST. We took turns, alternating supervision of the CW and Phone duties from year to year until 1995, when I resigned from the Committee. In 1976 I passed the Extra Test, and was given the new callsign N6AR.
In 1984, I moved my family to Florida, and retained my N6AR callsign. I have remained active in DXing and Contesting over the years. I hold DXCC on 9 bands, am on the top of the Phone and Mixed Honor Roll, am just one off the top on CW, and just made the RTTY honor role. I am active in the DX Challenge, have 5 Band WAZ, and am very committed to LOTW. I am also a member of e-qsl. I was a member of the Central Florida DX Associaton when it was active, but now I am a member of the Florida Contest Group.
I have only operated from 3 DX locations- as XE2BC in 1983, and off and on as HV3SJ in the late 80's and early 90"s as a guest operator. I believe I was responsible for a large number of first WARC band contacts from the Vatican. Pino, I0DUD, was the QSL manager and station custodian for HV3SJ at the time. Pino insisted that I give him all the logs. He passed away in the late 90's and the logs were lost with him.
I was active in November 2014 as KG4LB from Guantanamo Bay, including the CQ WW DX CW contest. The log is loaded on LOTW and I will respond to all direct requests with SASEs.
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