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Courtney E. Krehbiel, KD6X

Courtney lives near the beach in Carlsbad, California. This is a coastal suburb about 30 miles north of San Diego. The station consists of an Elecraft K3, P3, and KPA500 as well as a much loved Elecraft K2. To placate neighbors and the homeowner association the modest antenna farm consists of a SteppIR SmallIR Vertical antenna disguised as a flagpole, and an end-fed stealth long wire about 50 ft high.

KD6X QSL card

QSL direct, via bureau, or LOTW.


KD6X was first licensed as WA9TFM in 1964.

WA9TFM in 1969

Courtney in his hamshack about 1969. Rig was a Galaxy V Transceiver.

After his early ham radio days in high school, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1974. Courtney subsequently joined Watkins Johnson in Palo Alto, CA as a Member of the Technical Staff working on microwave frequency synthesizers.

Since then, Courtney has held various engineering design and management positions including a ten year period as co-founder of a computer systems integration company. He recently retired from a large software company where he was a consulting services manager for the past 16 years.

KD6X was mostly QRT from the mid-1970s with career and family obligations. Courtney's technical interests during that time included software development as a successful shareware author. He rejoined the active amateur ranks with the construction of an Elecraft K2 in 2006, and recently added the Elecraft K3 lineup to the shack. He is primarily active on the HF bands on CW and some of the digital modes including JT65.

In addition to amateur radio, Courtney and his wife Karen are competitive endurance cyclists, and they can often be spotted riding their bicycles on the coastal and back country roads around San Diego.




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