I was first licensed in 1952 as WN6SWE in Santa Monica, CA. I had the call W6SWE from 1953-1999 and operated from Canoga Park, CA between 1963 and 1984. I moved to Tucson, AZ in 1984 and changed my call to N7XY in 2000. I moved to Bainbridge Island, WA in 2000. Short vacation operations were as G5EPI (1982) and F/N7XY (2004).
I am what I guess could be called a casual (i.e., non-rabid) dx'er. I have DXCC on phone and cw and on 10, 15 and 20 meters and a total of 308 entities worked as of 2015. I need to work more on digital and the other bands but have no room for antennas for 80 and 160 meters. I operate QRP much of the time and have worked over 100 countries using 5 watts or less and simple antennas.
I have also worked digital modes (somewhat intermittently) and was president of TAPR between 1991 and 1993.
Here are some interesting QSL cards I have received over the years:
FO8AJ was the first rare DX station I worked. The pileups were pretty intense but I didn't realize how lucky I was to have made the contact until I received the card and saw that they only made 1108 contacts from Clipperton.
Danny Weil, VP2VB, sailed around the southern Pacific in 1956, operating from several islands. I think I worked all of them and I also contacted him while he was /MM on the Yasme.
I worked Lloyd Colvin, W6KG/DL4ZC while he was on active duty in Germany. Later he operated from a large number of countries but I was not active during that time and missed them all. I guess he had run out of cards and used one belonging to his XYL Iris, W6QL/DL4ZB.
Floyd McCoy, VR6AC, was a descendent of one of the Bounty mutineers of the same name.
KP6AK, Palmyra Island
Here's a card from an 11 meter QSO (11 was a ham band before Citizen's Band was introduced).
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