Guy Atkins, United
Guy's first radio interests began
at age 13 with a Wards Airline multiband portable
and a Hallicrafters SX-71 receiver. His pursuit
of tropical band DX (particularly Africa, Pacific,
and SE Asia targets) was fueled in the mid-1980s
by his discovery of DXpeditions-- a perfect way
to escape a noisy RFI environment, experiment with
specialized antennas, and log DX not possible from
mediumwave DX became another target after a memorable
evening in February 1990, when he and John Bryant
experienced phenomenal South Pacific MW reception
on their first-ever Grayland, WA (USA) DXpedition.
Despite over thirty DX trips to the Washington State
coast since then, none of the visits have produced
the quality or quantity of Pacific MW loggings as
during that amazing 1990 occasion (catches such
as WVUV Nailoa, American Samoa on 648 peaking S-6;
Radio Enga, PNG 1494; and Radio West Sepik, PNG
Guy was active as an editor &
author with the Fine Tuning's Proceedings book series
from 1989-1995, as well as publisher of the regional
club bulletins Cascade Mountain DX Club and DX/Northwest.
He continues to contribute to radio hobby journalism
with occasional reviews and articles, often co-authored
with his close friend and ace DXer John Bryant.
A number of fine communications
receivers have found their way into his radio shack
over the years. Guy's current equipment includes
modified Racal RA6790GM and ICOM R-75 receivers
(both PC controlled via ERGO), a Kiwa "MAP"
accessory, a Sounds Sweet communications speaker,
and a Timewave DSP-59+ audio filter. He enjoys antenna
experimentation and finally lives in a quiet location
with underground AC mains and room for Beverage
Guy's occupation is in graphic
arts and he lives in Puyallup, Washington with his
wife Rochelle and daughters Melanie and Carmen.
The entire family enjoys a variety of world and
ethnic music, thanks to Guy's shortwave radio interests
over the years.