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Here I'm visiting station W6RO in the Radio Room on ship HMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA





1968 - Strand Memorial Radio Club Station W6HKV at Kingsburg High School - that's me in front!
15 bands 1.8 - 432 Mc on one tower, 14 bands rotatable, 160/80 meter shunt feeds up the sides.
Detail of the separate 160/80 shunt-feeds - vacuum-variable series-feed caps, 16 elevated radials
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A1 Operators Club - American Radio Relay League - Central California DX Club - San Joaquin Net 3918 Kc - Trustee, Strand Memorial Amateur Radio Club W6HKV

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5-BAND DXCC #4,466 - ENDORSED FOR 30, 17, 12 METERS

160-METER DXCC #2,275 - 121 CONFIRMED





VUCC #1,330



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I became a Ham as a young boy when I received my Novice License in 1967. At that time there were many young Hams like me on the Novice bands using basic equipment operating CW only on one crystal-controlled 80, 40, or 15 meter frequency with less than 75 watts power input to the final vacuum tube in the transmitter. Everything at that time was vacuum tubes. It seems impossible now, but this simple operation was the source of great excitement and enjoyment for all of us. Each of us had found an older Ham in our community willing to give us the Novice License Test, because that was the way you became a Novice Ham back then. In my case both the older Hams I found became my mentors and even like second fathers to me. It's a shame Ham Radio is not like that for beginners today. My first station was a 1944 US Navy straight key, 1950 Johnson Viking 1 transmitter with a 7134 Kc crystal, 1960 National NC-270 receiver, and a 40-meter dipole 30 feet in the air. I often stayed up all night searching for new states. My code speed increased rapidly as I contacted more and more of the states, and a few months later I worked KG6AAY on the island of Guam. I was in Ham Heaven.

Before I became a Ham I was an avid shortwave listener from the age of 11 using a Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver built from a kit. I've been fascinated by electricity and Radio for as long as I can remember. At 10 years of age I was recovering electronic parts from old radios in a city dump and using them to build basic circuits of my own. This interest eventually led me to a college education and lifelong employment as an electronics technician and later as an engineer with several large companies and a few startups. I retired in 2015 and now pursue my own projects full-time.

My operating awards are based only on CW and Phone contacts made from my home QTH in Kingsburg California USA. I'm active on all bands 1.8 - 432 Mc, and CW is my favorite mode. I keep up with friends by Ham Radio. I also enjoy chasing grids on the VHF/UHF bands, band-countries in the ARRL DXCC Challenge program, island groups in the RSGB IOTA Islands On The Air award program, Antarctic Reserarch Stations, lighthouse stations, and museum ship stations. I enjoy restoring and operating vintage homebrew and commercial vacuum-tube radios. The look, the feel and the smell of old vacuum-tube rigs in operation gives a romance to Radio that newer equipment lacks. I like big black knobs, wrinkle-finish paint, glowing vacuum tubes, and the smell of warm components cooking in a chassis. I also enjoy designing and building homebrew projects including antennas, transverters, preamps, and amplifiers, and I enjoy building kits. I built the Elecraft K3 Transceiver from a kit and it's now my favorite rig for DX.

I use the Elecraft K3 alone on HF and 6 meters, and with transverters on the 144, 222, and 432 Mc bands. The K3's narrow roofing filters, adjustable digital noise reduction, adjustable noise blanker, and CW audio peaking filter allow me to work DX buried in noise. Using the K3 I was able to complete 160 meter DXCC from California using a shunt-fed tower for both transmitting and receiving (no low-noise receiving antenna). That says everything about the K3's ability to hear through noise. 160 DXCC from California is difficult for small stations like mine with almost no opportunity to work Europeans. With a rich set of control outputs the K3 automatically switches and controls all of my transverters, mast-mounted preamps, amplifiers and antennas through a homebrew interface. The K3 is one of few rigs that directly reads out transverter frequencies on the transceiver display. Along with modern transverters, the K3 can be locked to an external 10 Mhz precision frequency source for ultimate stability in the VHF, UHF and SHF regions. With the P3 Panadaptor option it's easy to see activity pop up on the bands. I plan to have 902 Mc and 1296 Mc transverters, preamps, amplifiers and antennas operational soon. The K3 has the capacity to to control up to nine transverters and therefore operate on up to 20 Ham bands.

As shown in the pictures, the heart of my 15-band, 1-tower antenna system is a modified Mosley PRO-67C-3 HF Yagi mounted 54 feet high. My tiny antenna farm occupies only a 46-foot diameter circle. Experts say Mosley coil-trap beams don't work well, so they're always surprised to learn I've worked more than 2,500 DXCC Challenge band-countries from my small city lot. The PRO-67C is one of few antennas easily modified to put all 9 HF bands rotary on one tower, and that's what I needed to chase band-countries. I often work DXpeditions on 7 or more bands. Mounted above the HF antenna are stacks of Yagis for the VHF and UHF bands. I shunt-feed the entire tower structure plus antennas as a vertical for DX on 80 and 160 meters.

When I'm not on the air I'm usually out in my garage restoring antique cars and building hotrods. My projects include a 1917 Ford Model T Depot Hack, a 1951 Ford F1 Pickup, a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, and a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster.

I'm active in my community and working to make it a better place to live. I serve as an elder on the leadership team at my church, the Orchard Bible Fellowship. I've been elected to serve two terms on the Kingsburg City Council, and four terms as president of my Kiwanis Club. I'm interested in the history of railroads and the preservation of steam trains and old railroad structures. I'm currently President-CEO of Friends of the Historic Kingsburg Depot, a non-profit corporation and educational foundation whose mission is to rehabilitate the 1875 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Kingsburg and operate it as a regional historic education center for the benefit of the 240,000 children living in my area. The rehabilitation of this 1875 train depot will be complete in November 2015, and at that time I hope to have a special event Ham station active from the train station.

Best regards and hope to meet you on the air,

Larry AD6W

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