Currently Chief Engineer at www.Palomar-Engineers.com - please check the website for RFI kits, Antenna Accessories, Baluns/Ununs, Ferrite beads, toroids and downloads of Palomar manuals from the past products. I recently gave a presentation entitled How to cure RFI, work more DX and keep your neighbors’ happy! at the ARRL SW Convention in San Diego and you can download the slide show and many other presentations I have given on the Palomar website.
AK6R Biography (as remembered)
I was first licensed as WN6QFA and WB6QFA in about 1963. (I had both novice and technician class licenses at the same time). My elmer was WB6KZO long since an SK due to a deer hunting accident. He ran a BC-610 that was taller than me and I was so very much impressed. He sold me a Viking I which was painted a forest green front panel and it came with 20 crystals for 80, 40 and 15 meters. Just what a 15 year old kid needed to get started. I also had an HQ-170AC and I used both rigs for many years on CW and evenutally 80 meter AM with the then "old timers". Now I am an "old timer" - HI HI.
I later upgraded to advanced class around 1984 and was issued KB6QC. I also got by First Class commerical at age 18 (which I still hold). I finally upgraded to extra class and was issued AK6R about 1997. Passed the code in front of an examiner (W6YOO) and finally got the lower 25KC's of the bands and started serious contesting efforts.
Been very active in contests (CW, RTTY, SSB) and now restore old tube gear and get on CW, AM and SSB regularly on 80 and 40 meters.
My current station is shown below in the pictures and I enjoy Vintage SSB, Amplitude Modulation International (AMI) nets and also the weekly swap nets on 7240.
I use the Yaesu FT901DM on vintage SSB and also AM as it modulates near 100%. I drive the Alpha with the Yaesu 901 or the Corsair II or the Icom 756 Pro II which is behind the Marshall MX63 microphone on the flexible stand. I process the audio through a variety of stages including a Behringer preamp, DEQ 2496, Virtializer and Mixer/splitter that feeds another Yamaha mixer which goes to a 20 db pad to the various radios. I drive this whole rig with either the Marshall VX63 or VX67 condensor mic. Seems to work ok as I get some good audio reports. I can switch from the Icom 756 Pro II to the Yaesu FT901 or also feed it into the AM rigs shown below:
The AM rigs include a HQ-170A + Viking Invader 200 or the Collins 75A4 and Johnson Valiant. I can switch any of my rigs into the rf driver chain which is amplified by the Alpha 76CA linear amp. It takes abouts 100 watts of output to get 1500 watts output from this amp. I usually run about 20 watts carrier output on the Yaesu FT-901DM on AM for about 250 watts dead carrier output on the Alpha. The output of the Valiant I run direct to the antenna as it is usually enough to work the local nets.
I recently added a homebrew 813 linear made by N6ZU - it puts out over 750 watts from 80-10. Here is a picture of the "Vintage" Studio "B" side of the shack:
Here is a picture of my Yaesu FT101E vintage SSB station that is used to check into the Vintage SSB net on 3.895 on Tuesday nights. We also simulcast video on www.Tinychat/vintagessb so we can see and hear the other net participants at the same time!
Another recent (2015) acquistion is the very rare Swan 160X, a 160 meter only Swan transceiver and it works very well on SSB and AM. I am using a D104 high impedance mic and audio reports have been excellent. RF output is fed to the Alpha 76 and the antenna is a Palomar Engineers 160-6 meter off center fed dipole. See you on 160!
6 Meter and 2 Meter SSB Station
I use the Icom 756pro II on 6 meters and the Kenwood TS711 and a 180 watt amplifier into the M2 12 element antenna. Also active on 440 FM with a converted Motorola commercial radio.
I restore and repair a lot of my own rigs and also for other hams. Here is a picture of the test bench with an HW-12 and a Kenwood TS-900 (my rigs) waiting for restoration. Also currently working on a Heathkit HW-18 for 160 meters.
A recent customer brought in a silver chrome Viking Valiant which is unique and beautiful. here is a picture if you have never seen one:
Info and typical configurations of the tower at: http://www.qsl.net/ak6r/tower%20trailer.htm
We are also the proud owners of Palomar Engineers, previously owned by Jack Althouse, K6NY who became an SK in September 2013. He will be missed by all who he touched as Kurt N. Sterba and with his many Palomar Engineers products. Visit the Palomar Engineers website at www.Palomar-Engineers.com - many of the older product manuals are now available for download on that site.
By the way, if you need vacuum tubes for your rigs I get mine from www.tubemeister.net which is run by my better half, Susan Kline (ham to be). She has tube kits for over 1,500 rigs for hams, musicians and audiophiles.
My antenna farm consists of an 80 meter loop up about 40 feet on average. We live on 5 acres in Bonsall California and have a very low noise factor - often S1 or less. QRN can run up to S9 at times but signals are usually +10 to + 25 over S9 making copy very easy.
Catch me on AMI on Monday nights on 3870, Tuesday nights on Vintage SSB on 3895 and California AMI on 3870 on Wednesday. On Saturday and Sunday I am on the West Coast Swap net at 12:30 local on 7240. You can eyeball me at the Santee swap meet on first Saturday, Chino Hills swap meet on third Saturday or TRW on last Saturday of each month.
My First QSL Card image:
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I also have a website at www.qsl.net/ak6r and www.ak6r.com which describes many of my contesting activities.
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