Sponsored Team #1
Richard M. Tavan, N6XI
|Age (WRTC 2018):||69|
|Previous WRTC experience:||Competitor: 2010|
|Born Washington, D.C., grew up in Silver Spring, MD as K3QDD, SB degree 1970 from MIT, retired 2002, live in both Saratoga (Silicon Valley) and Truckee (Lake Tahoe), CA|
Andy Faber, AE6Y
|Age (WRTC 2018):||72|
|Previous WRTC experience:||n/a|
|I was first licensed in New York at age 12. During high school I enjoyed CW with boat anchor rigs, eventually working DXCC before heading off to college. I obtained my current callsign in 1978.|
I became seriously interested in contesting when I decided in 1992 to write my own logging software. The DOS program CQP evolved into CQPWIN, which covers 11 contests plus generic logging.
From home, not having a "big gun" station, I mainly participate in domestic contests, including my favorite, the California QSO Party.
My first ever contest from a DX location was in CQ WPX SSB in 2002 as ZF2AF from ZF2NT's stateion, on Little Cayman Island. That same year I first visited P49V's cottage and did WPX CW as P40Y. Those experiences hooked me on the joys of contesting from the DX end. John, W6LD, and I purchased the P49V station in 2003, and since then I've mostly done single-ops as P49Y. I'm pretty much a self-taught contester, and try to learn from my mistakes, from time to time absorbing crumbs of wisdom from masters like Aruba neighbor W2GD.
Professionally, I have been practicing land use, municipal and real estate law and litigation in the Silicon Valley since 1974. My wife, Sandy, is a retired astronomy professor. More information on me and on the P40L-P49Y station (including contest results for the last 15 years) is at www.arubaqth.com
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