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I started out in 1971 building my first Heathkit Shortwave receiver (SW-717) when I was 11 years old (in Newton, NJ), and received my WN2QHN novice license on my 13th birthday. I was inactive from 1977 - 2001, and then got into DX-ing at the end of July 2001. 

DX Accomplishments (100% from my own back yard):

  • I have 337 / 342 confirmed DXCC Entities - so 2 away from Honor Roll #1 (need Bouvet and Glorioso)
  • DXCC Honor Roll in 11 years (2001 - 2012). First 300 with 200 watts or less and wire
  • DXCC 8BDXCC in 3 years
  • 160M DXCC - 80 entities, my most memorable QSO ever was VK0EK on Top Band
  • Co-organizer of the 2016 VK0EK Heard Island DX-pedition (featured in the October 2016 QST):

DX Goals:

  1. Complete Top of the Honor Roll with Bouvet and Glorioso
  2. Complete 160M DXCC (and 9BDXCC)
  3. Live on the low bands - where the best challenge and fun can be found

After years of experimentation with antennas - my antenna system is an N6BT DXU-32 - (3 elements on 20 and 2 on 40M on a 28 foot boom):

I have a top loaded 60' vertical for 160 and 80M and 140 buried radials:

This vertical is also excellent on 40 and 30M. For 160M receive, I use two 20' verticals phased through an DX Engineering NCC-1 (soon to be an NCC-2):

When I combine my TX and RX antennas in diversity mode on the K3, its downright amazing:

Here is the shack:

The K3 (upgraded with new synth and a new sub RX) and ACOM 1500 make up the core station.  I use Astron Linear power supplies and a Palstar AT2K when needed. The Drake SW-4A is a nostaligia trip and used for AM BCB DX-ing. 

I have a blog about ham radio, cycling and art at http://ky6r.wordpress.com I have presented at Pacificon for more than 10 years - and some of my past presentations are posted on the East Bay Amateur Radio Club's web site:


The VK0EK blog that I ran is here:


I graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, moved to California and became Oracle's 127th employee - Gupta Technologies (SQLBase and SQLWindows) employee #30 and PeopleSoft's 400-something employee, and have worked in the database field for 35 years. My LinkedIn profile is here, and you will notice how I list VK0EK as a volunteer project. Besides becoming good friends with Bob, KK6EK, this accomplishment even surpasses working them on 160M:




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