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I first became a licensed amateur radio operator as a youngster in Illinois in 1960, as KN9AGL. After many happy months working crystal controlled CW in the din of the 40 m and 15 m Novice bands, I upgraded to General as K9AGL. Getting an education and building a career (tax accountant) cut into my activity as a ham over the years, but the magic of radio always stayed with me.

In the early 1980's I discovered contesting and enjoyed membership in the Southern California DX Club at a time when the great W6AM was active in the club. A visit to his "ranch" in Pacific Palisades was a great pleasure, seeing him at his operating position, one knob used to select the right rhombic antenna for any needed path, and looking through his QSL cards, which included one from every DXCC country that existed, and had EVER existed! He has remained as my ham radio hero.

In the mid 1990's my work took me back to Northern California, where my ham activities have been focused in two areas. My contributions to ham radio have centered around the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association, PAARA (www.paara.org), the largest and most active ham club in the heart of Silicon Valley. The club was founded in 1937, the same year the Golden Gate Bridge first went into operation. I have been its Treasurer for many years, and have served the longest of any of the current officers of the club. Around the turn of the century I worked closely with our great Field Day guru, Gerry Tucker N6NV, to begin upgrading our Field Day efforts to a much higher standard of excellence and competitive success that it now enjoys under the leadership of both Doug Teter KG6LWE and Gerry Tucker N6NV, with the help of an excellent cast of dozens of dedicated members. I also ensured that the famous monthly PAARA raffle, administered by its expert Jim Rice K6AK, has always been properly licensed by the State of California.

My operating activities have mostly focused upon QRP CW operation, since I bought a Heath HW-8 while still living in Southern California, and then greatly expanded when I discovered the pioneering Norcal QRP Club at the height of its phenomenal success, when it sold kits designed by one of the two hams who eventually founded Elecraft.

If you believe it is necessary to have high power, a 70 foot tower, and a yagi antenna to work the world, I invite you to read about my successes using low power and a simple wire antenna up 10-14 feet in my attic.

Article link: ( http://qrp.kd4ab.org/2003/030306/0044.html ) Details on the Norcal Doublet antenna. ( http://www.norcalqrp.org/norcaldoublet.htm )

I was an early member of the North American QRP CW Club, NAQCC (www.naqcc.info), founded by John Shannon K3WWP, who should have been inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame many years ago. I like that it focuses upon CW, my favorite mode, as well as having an awards program that rewards those using only simple wire antennas. I am listed in a number of places on their awards page (http://www.naqcc.info/awards_winners.html ). My favorite is the KMPW 100 Award, which is for working at least 100 QSO's with over 1,000 miles per watt of power. I was the first person to ever submit a log for that award, although I was only given Certificate #3 because the two people who first came up with the idea for the award were given #1 & #2. I'm also one of only two who earned that award using only simple wire antennas. I was the fifth station to earn the QRP Worked All Continents award, with single band endorsements for 40 m, 20 m, and 15 m. I was the tenth station to earn the QRP Worked All States award.

I now spend many weeks each year in Thailand, my second home. My callsign in Thailand is HS0ZMD.

73 to all in ham radio. Keep up the good work!!

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