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It’s a lazy summer’s day just perfect for noodling around the HF bands…but wait … you can’t noodle much due to restrictive operating conditions around you! Ever thought of hamming remote control? One San Francisco ham who does so very successfully is Mark Aaker//K6UFO. Reading from his website bio: “Mark "Mork" Aaker has been licensed since 1971. He has achieved DXCC Top of Honor Roll and 5 Band DXCC. In contests Mark has organized winning multi-operator teams from Stanford University W6YX, as well as his own single-operator wins at the challenging QRP 5-watt level in the ARRL Sweepstakes CW and Phone, North American Sprints and North American QSO Parties. For the last ten years he has been operating as NN7SS from Washington state, both in-person and now by remote control. In past decades he worked for Motorola, NASA, National Semiconductor and Apple as an Electrical Engineer, Project Manager and Patent Attorney.” This week we present the first of 2 excerpts from Mark’s 2016 Dayton Hamvention talk on remote operation. (2016 15M) The RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter, and via iTunes.

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