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First licensed as WN0MIG in Minneapolis while I was in high school in 1952, I combined ham radio with piano practice and delivering newspapers. Upgrading to general class as W0MIG, I built my first serious antenna in the basement -- a two element minibeam for 20 meters. That got me started on a lifetime of fascination with antennas.

Going to College in Illinois, regulations required change of call sign with district, so I became WA9NLD (See photo of Illinois station below.) As a graduate student in physics at the University of California, I became K6EJJ, and operated a military surplus station with a longwire strung across the parking lot. Going into professional college physics teaching, my wife Linda, our two children, and I went to England on Sabbatical in 1972, where I operated G5AWP. Back in the states, I upgraded to extra class in 1974, and the FCC blessed me with the fragrant callsign K9BO. On a second sabbatical, I taught as a Fulbright Lecturer for six months at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. Our landlady permitted me to run an antenna over her pool and garden so I could operate K9BO/Z2, which showed the virtue of being a relatively rare piece of DX on the band.

Wisdom prevaled several years ago. Following the plea of my wife, who was getting snide remarks about my K9BO license plate, I applied for a vanity callsign which incorporated the first initials of our names Linda and Dave. Since then, I've been W9LD. After retiring, we moved to Washington State to be closer to family. FCC rules being what they are today, we find ourselves in W7 territory with the old W9 callsign.

Owing to a move from a private home to a retirement community, I have changed from regular radio to remote operations on HF, because external antennas are not allowed, and the remote community is growing. As the photo below shows, the HF station is simple, consisting of an Elecraft K3/0 mini-F radio head for HF radio.  The Elecraft radio head acts through RCFORB software (RemoteHams.com) to control a selected server station, from which the actual RF signal radiates on HF. All QSO's currently occur via the remote server W4KKN, Nokesville, VA, which operates a Elecraft K3 at 100 watts, and a two-element array up 80 feet, on 40 meters only. 

VHF operations are currently via Echolink software and Voice-Over-Internet talk to connected repeaters.  The Yeasu FT 8800 VHF radio is used as a mobile radio, because indoor antenna operation is poor.

My main interests in radio are working CW on HF, and being an active member of the Principia Amateur Wireless Society (PAWS CW net on 7112 weekly.) When not on the air, I practice piano, tutor physics and trigonometry physics online, and volunteer in the community.

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