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Hello, and welcome to my www.qrz.com webpage. QSL to ARRL's Logbook of The World (very much preferred), E-QSL, ARRL QSL Bureau, or direct. I'll respond in kind. I QSL every QSO automatically (and quickly) to LoTW and eQSL, FYI.

I started as WN4LFP in Miami Springs, FL on 12/7/62 with a Globe Chief and a National NC-188. My Elmer was Chuck Bolvin (now a SK) W4LVV, then K4KQ. WA4LFP in 1963 in FL and Atlanta, GA (Georgia Tech). WA2TEI in NY in 1969. W B 6 Jelly Filled Doughnut (9/26/75) in CA, then N6HE (8/12/77). I turned 73 in November 2016.

I retired and sold my fabulous TenTec Omni VII. I just bought an Icom IC-7300 as a travel/portable rig, and am just about to pop for a Flex 6600 or 6600M. The 7300 hooked me on Direct Sampling DSR radios.

Antennas: 80-40-30M: 125' end-fed long wire with Balun Designs 9315 9:1 un-un. 20-17-15-12-10-6M: 2-element SteppIR yagi. Both are disgustingly low (about 25' up) but work as expected.

I have a new-to-me Alpha 9500 RF AMP and wired 220VAC into the shack. QRO operation finally - life is good! Another new toy is the addition of a MicroHam MicroKEYER II radio-computer interface unit that "does it all" and replaced 5 boxes of keyer / voice keyer / PTT junction box / CW interface / FSK interface / 2 audio isolation transformers and about a half cubic foot of rats-nest wires and cables. Love it!

I love entering "RadioSport" events, especially on RTTY - I love CW contesting, too, but I can copy faster than my two poor little fingers can type, so it's more work, so I mostly Search and Pounce. Ditto SSB contests, even more so. I enter for the fun of it rather than trying to come out on top (or, truth be told, even near the top!) - although I routinely hunt for my missing band/mode DXCC countries. Low wire antennas, some CC&R's, and a huge close-in hill to my NE limit my competitive abilities. But.... hey, it's all a blast, yes?

I do Field Day (CW) at URAC/K6AA and lead annual Santa Catalina "DXpeditions" with PVARC/K6PV to activate the Island for IOTA (NA-066). See www.k6pv.org under News and Events.

XYL is Donna, W6DLD (since 2003 as a General Licensee), ex-N6HTH (1982-2003) and ex-KA6AKL (1978-1982). We were married on Field Day, 1966 (big mistake - er, I mean being married on Field Day, not on getting married in the first place!).

Graduated from Georgia Tech in 1966 as an RF-oriented Electrical Engineer. Member of TKE fraternity. Have worked for Pan Am (1962 - 1974) and Continental Airlines (1974 - 1982), and have been an independent financial planner since 1982.

I'm also an ARRL Official Observer (LAX Section Official Observer Co-ordinator as of June, 2016) and an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.

Other hobbies: Photography, scuba diving, and international travel (preferably, all at once!).

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