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Background: I started in ham radio back in the mid 60's while still in high school in California when I received the call WN6WKR. I owe my interest in ham radio to Charlie WB6GJG/N6AM and his mentoring. Without his support I wouldn't have pursued it as strongly as I did. He also introduced me to Bob, WB6DAZ who gave me my novice exam. Larry, now AD6W, and I talked constantly during that time on CW while we tried to work DX either on 40 or 15 meters. I only had a vertical antenna and a single tube Ameco transmitter which was xtal controlled for the ham novice bands at that time. My receiver was a Lafayette HA-230 which we used even after we upgraded to a DX 40...In a short period of time we upgraded again and became WB6WKR. After school we decided to see the world and held many calls during that time in addition to WB6WKR, to include KR6RR, WB5OBA, WA6JHF, DA2RY, YI9RR, and others I have since forgotten. In 1983 my XYL received her license as N5GHN and I changed my call to NJ5W which I still hold today.

Location: El Paso is at the far western tip of Texas, where New Mexico and the Mexican state of Chihuahua meet in a harsh desert environment around the slopes of Mount Franklin on the Rio Grande, which has often been compared to the Nile. As they approached the Rio Grande from the south, Spaniards in the sixteenth century viewed two mountain ranges rising out of the desert with a deep chasm between. This site they named El Paso del Norte (the Pass of the North), the future location of two border cities—Ciudad Juárez on the south or right bank of the Rio Grande, and El Paso, Texas, on the opposite side of the river. Since the sixteenth century the pass has been a continental crossroads; a north-south route along a historic camino real prevailed during the Spanish and Mexican periods, but traffic shifted to an east-west axis in the years following 1848, when the Rio Grande became an international boundary.

El Paso Today:


EQUIPMENT: I'm active on 80 thru 6 meters at this time. I enjoy working CW but do occasionally get on SSB. My main rig is the Elecraft K3 Transceiver for HF and 6 meters with a backup rig of a Flex 3K. I love both of the radios and switch back and forth occasionally just to make sure everything is working. I enjoy older amplifiers and currently have a Alpha 87A, Alpha 76A, Henry 2K4. and a SB 220 converted to 6 meters. For day to day use we prefer the Alpha 87A and it stays in line most of the time. But all the amps work well and we test them out now and then. Antennas are a Tennadyne T8 and a M2 5 ele 6 meter beam on a Rohn 25 using a hazer system. 80 and 40 meters are an inverted V which fits into our city lot, but just barely! My son (KF5GJZ)and XYL (N5GHN) are also hams...


QSL - I QSL 100% on request and use Logbook of the World and eQSLwhich I upload at least weekly if not daily during band openings! We also upload to Club Log and you can check our QSO's below.

Ten - Ten Int'l 76826

SMIRK 6948

FISTS 16422

73's Rick







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