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I recevied my Novice license in late 1971, I worked over 120 countries with 88 confirmed. I had a WAS, WAC and  a code proficency of 35 WPM from ARRL within 2 yrs. when CW was manditory. Over 190 QSO's on Field Day, April 1973 winning the SJV District and had my picture in May 1973 QST in the top Ten Novices in the Nation. "Not bad for a 15 year old", as quoted by QST. I sound pretty modest, huh? LOL! I recevied my General license on May 13,1975 before my 17th Birthday and that was the 1st time I saw my Father cry out of joy! The Bands went dead shortly after for over a year on 10-80mtrs with 30dbs of QRN, so I sold my Drake R4 Line for $600. I was off the air for 40 years  almost to the day and lost all of my QSL cards.. My old Log Book stops on March of 1976 and starts up on March of 2016, because I inherated all of my Sisters Father-in-Law"s Ham Gear. Wow what a find! To say the least. Thank you, Bob Wilson NQ6X for getting me back to the hobby. I love DX and CW and  it comes back fast. How did I ever make it this far without Amateur Radio in my life? Thank you to everyone involved, especially  Susan Wilson, Bob's Widow, Dr. Bill Wilson and Victoria Wilson  My Brother in-law and Sister. One of the greatest things to happen to me , was to meet on the air, the late, Taroh Yagi, JH1WIX the inventor of the Yagi Antenna or (Multiple Element Beam). He purchased my first electronic keyer 30 WPM as a friendship gift and sort of took me under his wing. He showed me by mail a QST from 1931 with him in it holding a HF XCVR in the shape of a small 2'x12' pipe. He was probably one of the biggest influences to Amateur Radio besides my Uncle, Roger Beer W6OQV, that I or anyone else could of met! Thank You, Taroh, I never got to say that to you in person. Sincerely, "Vincent John De Fendis", WN6SWM, now WA6SWM...Vy 73's My Dear Friend. RIP...

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