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Hi, and welcome to my QRZ page


Here I am visiting station W6RO in the Radio Room aboard the liner HMS Queen Mary berhed in Long Beach, CA


After nearly 50 years as a Ham I enjoy Amateur Radio now more than ever



Strand Memorial Radio Club Station W6HKV at Kingsburg High School in 1968
This is me at age 16, the young guy in front with the call sign WB6YMO, along with friends Robert
WB6PPT in the middle and Rick WB6WKR at the rear - I was privileged to be a part of this active
school radio club in the 1960s, and honored to serve as the club's president in my senior year
Somewhat visible in the photo are a Galaxy V transceiver, Gonset GSB-100 transmitter, Hammarlund
HQ-180 receiver, and in the rack is a homebrew kilowatt amplifier and high power antenna tuner
built by Harold Strand W6HKV, the station's namesake. Harold became a silent key in 1967 and his
widow generously donated all his gear, tower, antennas and his extensive library of Amateur Radio
books to our high school club station - and many of us went on to technical careers as a result
14 bands 1.8 - 432 Mc on one tower, 13 bands rotatable, with 160/80 meter shunt feeds up the sides
I modified the Mosley PRO-67C 7-band Yagi so it covers all 9 HF bands on one boom and feedline - it works
as a rotatable dipole on 80, 60 and 30 meters, and as a 3-element Yagi on 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters
This antenna averages more than 315 countries confirmed on each band 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10
meters - my whole system based on it has worked more than 2,500 band-countries from my small city lot
I feed the tower as a 160/80 shunt-fed vertical - I use every bit of metal to radiate RF on one band or another
Detail of the separate 160/80 shunt-feeds, vacuum-variable series-feed caps, 16 elevated radials
The crankup tower sections are bonded together for RF, and the rotor in the tower is RF protected
I tune the caps for a purely resistive impedance of some arbitrary value at the feed points, then use the
series-section coaxial matching technique in the feedline to present a non-reactive 50 ohm load to my
transmitter on each band - this is simple, tunes easily, and handles kilowatt-level power without failure
Workroom where I build hombrew stuff and kits, and restore vintage gear

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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 30, 17, 12

160-METER DXCC #2,275





VUCC #1,330



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I'm active on all bands 1.8 - 432 Mc. CW is my favorite mode. I enjoy keeping up with friends by Ham Radio. I chase new grids on the VHF/UHF weak signal modes, I chase band-countries for the ARRL DXCC Challenge program, and I chase island groups for the RSGB IOTA award program. I find the IOTA chase very interesting and challenging because island operations are generally low-power, short-lived, often single-operator, and often very difficult to work. I enjoy building homebrew projects and also commercial kits. I enjoy restoring and operating a collection of vintage vacuum-tube radios. I built the Elecraft K3 Transceiver from a kit, and it is my favorite everyday rig. I use the K3 on HF and 6 meters and on the 144, 222, and 432 Mc bands using transverters and mast-mounted preamps. With a rich set of control outputs the K3 automatically band-switches, sequences and controls all of my transverters, mast-mounted preamps and antennas through a homebrew interface. The K3 is one of few rigs that directly reads out transverter bands and frequencies on the transciever display. The K3 has the capacity to to control up to nine VHF/UHF/SHF transverters.

My antennas - some people laugh at my Mosley coil-trap HF Yagi until they learn I have more than 2,500 DXCC Challenge band-countries worked. The PRO-67C is one of few antennas that can be modified to put all 9 HF bands rotary on one tower, and that's exactly what I need on my small city lot. Mounted above the HF Yagi are phased stacks of M2 Yagi antennas for the VHF/UHF bands.

When I am not on the air I am out in the garage working on my hot rods. These include a low and black custom 1951 Ford F1 Pickup, and a black 1931 Ford Model A highboy coupe powered by a 392 Chrysler Hemi and a 4-speed.

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