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California FreeMason and Past Master
SW Hackett Lodge No.574
San Diego, CA

Been in amateur radio since 1976 and have held several call signs as I moved and upgraded. Original was WB6CHP and that was during the TV show "CHIPS" about the California Highway Patrol so my phonetics were kind of "pre-chosen" for me.  Then was KF2XL as I upgraded and moved to New York under contract.  Returned and got vanity call W6NYC since I liked my stay in New York.  Finally, I had the opportunity to get my initials and was lucky enough to "win" the fight with four others. 

Started by building the Heathkit SB-104 which served me very well for 25 years. Then on to the Kenwood TS-870... Always dreamed of having a Kenwood. That served me for 10 years, until 2011 when I just had to have the Yaesu FT-2000. Only the 100 watt model, but I am still impressed with the quality of this thing and the ability to "hear-them-work-them" with just that 100 watts.

Love to chase DX with 10 meters as my favorite. Have 210 confirmed countries on that band. Most of that was done in the last sunspot cycle and really wished for some good propagation in this cycle that was predicted to be a great one and it fell flat on its face....Sure would like to complete Honor Roll on 10.

Also enjoy just rag-chewing to learn more about the people I QSO with.

Thanks for looking and I do hope we can work on the bands.


Picture is out of date since I now use the Heil PL-2T boom, and my trusty old Unidyne Model 580SA mic. I loved the Kenwood TS-870, but really wanted the newer technology of the Yaesu FT-2000. One great rig. The 2k drives an Ameritron 811H on seldom occasions, and out to my Gap Titan DX antenna.  Would like a 30 foot tower with a Hex-beam on top, but too darn old and too darn scared to climb and put it up myself....

Update - 6-12-16.  Hooray!  Talked with Leo, great guy, and then my K4KIO Hex arrived.  My 30' aluminum tilt-over tower from Palco is on the way (won't have to climb).  Also bought new rotator cable from K1CRA Radio Store, another great guy and wonderful service.  Bought new coax from HRO for the Hex and for the 40 meter inverted vee that will be near the top.  Got some of the extra items that are needed.  Lots yet to do and things to buy, but maybe within a month, the Hex-Beam will be up!

Update - 6-25-16.  All preparations are completed and all necessary parts and pieces to erect the tower and antenna are gathered.  Total dollars spent for the entire project is $2,516.99.  But, haveing sold the MA5B antenna and GlenMartin short tower for a total net of $532.03, the net for the tower, antenna and all items necessary for the install totals $1,984.96.  Now, just waiting for the tower that I was told should ship on the 28th of this month... Fingers crossed.

6-29-16.. Wrong!...  Called Universal Tower and found that they are backed up four days.  Says my Tower will probably ship Monday.  Darn!


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K6DS
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KU7O 2016-01-05 17M SSB CN87ud United States Gerald
P490IARU 2015-12-29 17M SSB FK42xn Aruba 90Th
VE7SAR 2015-12-19 15M SSB CN89nc Canada Surrey
VY1MB 2015-12-19 15M SSB CP20lr Canada Robert Menalso
VY1RAC 2015-12-19 15M SSB FN25ci Canada Radio
VE4DDW 2015-12-19 15M SSB EN19mk Canada Darcy
N4PN 2015-12-19 20M SSB EM82dv United States Paul
VA3DX 2015-12-19 20M SSB FN03jd Canada Glenn
N4YDU 2015-12-19 15M SSB FM06sa United States Nathan
N4HID 2015-10-27 20M SSB EM66sw United States William
K9PG 2015-03-08 10M SSB EN51vt United States Paul
LU5FC 2015-03-08 10M SSB FF97qb Argentina JESUS
P49Y 2015-03-08 10M SSB FK52ak Aruba CONTEST
XE1BY 2015-03-08 10M SSB DL90jn Mexico ARTURO HERNANDEZ NAVA
YN2AA 2015-03-08 10M SSB EK71av Nicaragua Jeff

Book Totals: 1634 qso's   82 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#4087
Granted: 2015-02-15 20:13:26   (K6DS)

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