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FP/W1UF — Setting a New DXpedition “Record”

I have not been a pilot for as long as I’ve been a ham — but it seems that way. My first flying lesson was in 1953. I have been a ham since 1947. But looking back from today’s perspective, they are virtually concurrent. Combining the two hobbies is a special plus. When 2-meter repeaters came along, I set up one of the air-to-ground VHF antennas on my then-current airplane — a Beechcraft Bonanza — so I could connect a handheld and enjoy the line-of-sight from altitude. Home base was Hanscom Field near Boston, Massachusetts.

Back in the ’60s, I had a

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