I became licensed as a novice (KN6YEK) in 1956 and upgraded to technician (K6YEK) in 1957. My first station included a Heathkit AR-3, a Hallicrafters S-20R with a homebrew 6m converter and a WRL Globe Chief followed by a WRL Globe Scout with home brew antennas. I went off the air in 1968 during my time in the Navy (submarine officer) and let my license lapse while in grad school (1972). Kept up an interest by listening to commercial short wave broadcasts and the ham bands until my Hammarlund Super Pro quit working in early 2012 at which time I decided it was time to get back into ham radio and earn a license again.
In June, 2012 I received my general class license as KJ6YIP and applied for my old call sign back receiving it at the end of June. The following month I passed the Extra class exam and received my Extra class license. I also went through the certification process to become a VE.
I retired as a Navy officer in 1991 (active duty 1965-1970, reserve duty 1970-1991) and owned a fabric awning company in San Leandro, CA for 21 years until 2007 when I sold the company and retired. I continue to be active with the Western Canvas Products Association and volunteer my time as a board member (president) of Birthright of San Lorenzo, a crisis pregnancy center.
My station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 into either a ZS6BKW/G5RV in a modified inverted "V" or a Gap Titan-DX antenna mounted on the roof of my home.
I work primarily on 40m, 20m, 17m and 75m and enjoy the 3905 Century Club nets as well as chasing dx and rag chewing. I am now also chasing counties.
I exchange QSL cards and if I haven't sent one out first, will promptly reply to all cards received. A SASE is not required. I also upload my log to LOTW & e-QSL monthly, though I still prefer the paper QSL cards.
Look forward to talking with you on the air. 73, Bill
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