I passed my novice FCC amateur radio license
test in 1969 in Richardson, Texas, and became WN5YMV. Soon
afterwards several other fellow Richardson North Junior High students
passed their novice tests as well - WN5AAR (now N5RZ), WN5AAS (now
K5NZ), and WN5AOF (now K5MR). I passed my general and advanced
tickets in the Dallas FCC office and became WA5YMV. My family
moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where I became WB8HQD for about a year.
Then we were off to Irvine, California were I was WA6NGO until
1996 when I obtained my present K6NR call.
I am equipped to operate every ham
frequency from 160 meters up to 440 mhz, but I am currently most active
on the HF bands, especially 80 and 160 meters. CW is my preferred
mode. I chase DX, and dabble in contests. I have a station at my Irvine, California home - an
IC756 and 12AVQ and HF2V verticals. I am most active using my remote station in
Phelan, California, where I have a variety of antennas and plans for
more. My job at the University of
California, Irvine, and family (my wife
Carmen and I have four children, ages 12 to 22), keep me away from the
radio a good deal.
I have had the pleasure of operating at K5MR's station north of Dallas
several times, once at K5NZ's station near Houston, and a few times at
K5NA's near Austin.
I am a life member of the American Radio Relay, and a member of the
Southern California Contest Club, South Orange County Amateur Radio
Association, and Northern California DX Foundation.
Current DXCC totals: 304 confirmed, 318
worked (133/175 on 80m, 58/89 on 160)
Dana Roode, April 2, 2006