First licensed at age 11 in 1954 as a Novice with call KN6ELQ in Glendale, CA. My Elmer was W6STA, a neighbor.
Went through Technician, General, Advanced and now hold an Extra Class with current call. I did it the "old" way where code was a requirement and you had to draw schematics. Those were the good old days!
Ham radio led to a BSEE (Electronic Engineering) degree and after 47 years working in the industry I finally retired in October 2012.
I started on 40 meters CW with a home brew 6L6 osc/amp transmitter and a Halicrafters S-20R receiver. My first commercial transmitter was a Heathkit AT-1, which was basically the same as my home brew but in a pretty box. Next came a Heathkit DX-100 and SB-10 SSB adapter with a Hammerlund Super Pro (BC-779B) receiver. These were followed by a string of Heathkits ending with a SB-104 with all the accessory boxes and a SB-230 amplifier. My first modern non-kit radio was a Kenwood TS-820S followed by an Icom IC-701 with a Henry 2KD5 amplifier. Then came the IC-751, 751A and 781. Those were the HF radios. There were a bunch of VHF/UHF radios too, ending with a Icom IC-970H and R-9000. Today I have thinned it out to just two boxes, an Icom IC-7800 and Alpha 9500 amplifier, and three antennas (pictured above), a modified Tennadyne T-10 log yagi for 10-20 meters at 60-feet and for 30/40 meters an ObtiBeam OB1-4030 Rotary Dipole mounted 10-feet above the log yagi. A shorted inverted-V for 80 meters is mounted 8-feet below the log yagi. I operate 100% CW and at present can be found on the low end of 40 through 10 meters. I am also active in SKCC with number 10250S and can be found on the same bands but up a bit higher in frequency.
When not hamming my other main interest is motorcycles. I've been riding for 45 years and at present I am down to two bikes, both BMWs, a 2013 R1200GSW and a 2014 R1200RT. At last count I've had 31 bikes, the last 19 being BMWs. I haven't had a car for ten years. Don't need one--it never rains in California--much!
Tony - K6ELQ
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