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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've became a Ham as a young boy when I received my Novice License in August 1967. At that time there were an incredible number of new young Hams like me on the Novice bands, all of us operating CW on one crystal-controlled 80, 40, or 15 meter frequency with less than 75 watts power input to the final and some very basic vacuum-tube equipment. Seems impossible now, but that was the source of great excitement and enjoyment for all of us then. Before that I was an avid BC and shortwave listener using my Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver that was 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 the city dump and using them to build electronic circuits of my own. This interest led me to a college education and lifelong employment as an electronics technician and engineer with several large companies and a few technology startups. I retired in 2015 and now pursue my own projects full-time.

My operating awards are based only on CW or Phone contacts made from my home QTH in Kingsburg California USA. I pursue pure Ham Radio - meaning my operations are not assisted by the Internet in any way. I'm active on all bands 1.8 - 432 Mc, and CW is still by far my favorite mode. I enjoy keeping up with friends by Ham Radio, and I enjoy chasing grids on the VHF/UHF bands, band-countries for the ARRL DXCC Challenge program, island groups for the RSGB IOTA Islands On The Air award program, Antarctic stations, lighthouse stations, and museum ship stations.

I enjoy restoring and operating a collection of vintage homebrew and commercial vacuum-tube radios, most of which came to me for free or at minimal cost. It's fun to find an old radio, clean it up, fix problems, and bring it back on the air. The look and smell of old vacuum-tube rigs in operation give a romance to Radio that new equipment lacks. I enjoy the tactile delights of big black knobs, wrinkle-finish paint, glowing vacuum tubes, and the smell of warm components cooking in a chassis.

I enjoy designing and building homebrew projects including antennas, transverters, preamps, and kilowatt amplifiers. I also enjoy building kits. I built the Elecraft K3 Transceiver from a kit, and it's my favorite rig for everyday use.

I use the Elecraft K3 alone on HF and 6 meters, and with transverters on the 144, 222, and 432 Mc bands. I've had several top-performing import radios, but the little 8-pound K3 beats them all. 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 only 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 very difficult for small stations like mine with almost no opportunity to work Europeans. With a rich set of control outputs the K3 automatically band-switches 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.

As shown in the pictures above, the heart of my 15-band, 1-tower antenna system is a modified Mosley PRO-67C-3 HF Yagi. All of my antenna farm fits in a compact 46-foot diameter circle. Experts say Mosley coil-trap beams don't work well, so they are always surprised to hear I've worked more than 2,500 DXCC Challenge band-countries using this antenna on a 54-foot tower from my small city lot in California. 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 need to chase band-countries. Using the PRO-67C I often work DXpeditions on 7 or more bands. Mounted above it are phased stacks of Yagis for the VHF and UHF bands. I shunt-feed the entire tower structure as a vertical for DX on 80 and 160 meters.

When I'm not on the air I'm usually out in my shop restoring antique cars or building hotrods. I do all restoration and construction myself including metal fabrication, chassis and suspension, engines, transmissions, body and paint, and upholstery. My projects include a restored 1917 Ford Model T Depot Hack, a low black 1951 Ford F1 custom Pickup, a 1930 Ford highboy coupe powered by a 392 Chrysler Hemi, and a 1928 Ford roadster pickup powered by a flathead V8.

I'm active in my community 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 served two terms as an elected official on the Kingsburg City Council, and four terms as president of my Kiwanis Club. I'm interested in the history of railroads and historic preservation of steam-powered trains and railroad structures. I'm President-CEO and a charter member of Friends of the Historic Kingsburg Depot, a non-profit corporation and educational foundation. Our mission is to rehabilitate the 1875 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Kingsburg and operate it as a regional historic education facility for the 240,000 children living in our area.

Best regards and hope to meet you on the air,

Larry AD6W

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