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Kristen has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. When she was small she built many radio kits including her favorite: the one tube radio kit. She started in Amateur Radio around 1979 while she was at MIT by getting her technician's license. She built a 2m repeater with an autopatch to use while on campus at MIT. Somewhere in the middle of all this life intervened and her license lapsed. She has recently been re-licensed getting her extra ticket. She has recently held the call signs KG6OGQ and AE6KJ in rapid succession just prior to K6WX, a vanity call. She is now active on 2m, 1.2GHz and is active on HF with an Elecraft K2 she built while on vacation visiting her mother. Kristen often does her HF-ing mobile with the K2 and a hamstick or from her apartment with a homebrew helical vertical dipole and an IC-7600 driving an AL-811H. These days she loves to chase DX using mostly CW.
 
Kristen is ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section and is president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association for 2007, 2008, 2010 through the present. She is also a member of the following clubs: Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association, South Bay Amateur Radio Association, NCCC, USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club, Northern California DX Club, Northern California Contest Club, FISTS CW Club (10232), NAQCC, SKCC, and Young Ladies Radio League. Kristen is also net control twice a week (well, once a week for now since work is pressing) for the 9 am talk net:
 
 
Kristen is a long time denizen of Silicon Valley and has worked at or consulted for many of the usual suspects.
 
Kristen's work bio:
 
Kristen McIntyre is currently a senior software engineer at Apple working on OS X and iOS. She recently came back from being an entrepreneur in Japan. Previously she was a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems. Her career has spanned many diverse areas. She started in the early 80's designing high power linear amplifiers and then spent about 5 years in Japan architecting and designing precision analog test systems as well as learning Japanese language and culture. Upon returning to the states Kristen joined Adobe Systems and became one of the architects of PostScript Level 2 and its RTOS underpinnings as well as the principal architect of AppleTalk networking for PostScript printers. In the early 90's she became a consultant and later founded an internet service provider and a network consulting firm. In 1999 Kristen decided to hang up her entrepreneur's hat and landed at Sun, tried the startup thing again only to land at Apple, where she's been since. Kristen holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
What follows is a history of the former holder of my callsign:
 
- In Memoriam -
 
Irvin Lawrence McNally - 30 November 1909 to 16 May 1998
 
Mac, as he was known to his friends, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1932 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a Radioman on the Battleship U.S.S. Pennsylvania (BB-38), a Radio-Electrican Warrant Officer in charge of the Asiatic Fleet Radio School in Cavite, Phillipine Islands and a Project Engineer at the Radar Branch of the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander in 1956 and worked for the Raytheon Company in Wayland, Massachusetts where he was the Manager of the Surface Radar Operation until his retirement in 1969. His retirement years were spent in Sun City, California where he was active in the Riverside County RACES.
 
Mac was first licensed on 11 November 1935 as W6NDI. He also held the call signs: KA1MN, XU7MN, W3JFH, W4KUJ, W1NCK and K6WX.
 
He was a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association,the Society of Wireless Pioneers, the Potomac Valley Radio Club, the Northeastern States 160 Meter Amateur Radio Association, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association, the United States Naval Institute, the Institute of Navigation, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Radio Relay League and the Old Old Timers Club.
 
He is survived by his wife Gracie, his son Bill (N6MN), his daughter- in-law Beverlee (N6FDG) and his grand-daughter Colleen.
 
He will be missed by his family and by his many friends.

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