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Previous call signs: W6LZP, NC6L, K7ENN

First licensed: 1957....and have always been on the air.....

I operate from three QTHs...the main one is at Corona del Mar, Southern California on the Pacific ocean.  The two other QTHs are located in North Central Arizona.  One of the them is right in the city of Prescott.  The other one, my favorite, is located North of Prescott, some 15 miles, where I have antennas on a mountain top at 5200 feet above sea level.  That location has almost horizon views in all directions.  The picture below shows a sunrise from that QTH looking to the NE.  The mountain peaks at Flagstaff, Arizona can be seen in the distance about 55 miles from the QTH.  One of my dipole antenna wires can just be seen going across the top of the picture

I enjoy designing and testing new types of wire antennas for HF and operating on those bands to rag chew and work local and also some DX contacts.  The pic below was taken by a friend with a disposable camera.  I'm on the roof trying to adjust a wire antenna that works on the 75/60/40 meter bands....guess I don't look too bad for a 73 year old fellow?

I also use a DJ4BQ multi band center fed dipole antenna system on the lower HF bands. But, it really works great from 75 through 6 meters when fed with ladder line and a tuner in the shack.  The pic shows the ladder feed line going to the center feed point of that antenna.  It was taken after one of our Arizona summer monsoon rain storms.

 I have recently put up a HEX beam at my favorite Arizona QTH.  It works from 20 meters through 6 meters.  I like comparing it to the wire antennas for those bands that I've had there for a number of years.  I'm enjoying testing and using it to learn its capabilities and so far I've been amazed at how well it seems to work at only 45 feet above the ground.  It's fun to switch back and forth between the DJ4BQ and the HEX to see the differences in signal strengths.

I operate from my California QTH with a ground mounted SEA marine coupler/tuner and #26 buss wire sloping (stealth) antennas (antennas are not allowed in my housing area).  The antenna systems work on all bands 160 to 10 with 100 watts or more and can't be seen by anyone because the wire is so small.  Putting up good working stealth antennas is a real challenge but a lot of fun....you need to do it when the neighbors are not watching and wondering what you are doing up on the roof of the house or climbing around in the trees....hi....hi....

I have also started using a remote system from California with the transmitter and antennas located at my favorite Arizona QTH. It works very well using the REMOTERIG system and a TS-480HX. Other hams don't usually know I'm operating remote unless I tell them that I am doing so.  No computers are needed...only the two little REMOTERIG black boxes hooked to a modem router at the transmitter site and where ever I decide I want to operate from remotely.  Operating the station remotely is a lot of fun especially when no one knows that is what you are doing.

I'm currently associated with the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club in Prescott, Arizona and have in the past (when I was working at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California) been associated with the JPL and Cal Tech amateur radio clubs.

Thanks for stopping by here and looking at my information and photos, if we have had a QSO in the past, thanks for that.  I'm sure I really enjoyed it !!

Best 73 and good DX !!

Brian, KW6J and KW6J / 7

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