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Hello from California.  Budd here.  Licensed since the Summer of 1954.  My main interests are in operating portable, but I maintain a home station with a quad and an Alpha 87A for skeds and rag-chewing.  Favorite bands are 17 Meters and 6 Meters when it is open.   SSB or CW, I like them both.


QSL Info:   I will send you a card if you send me an envelope and postage.  For International postage, a single USD is fine.  I'll make up the difference.   IF it's an all-time brand new country for you, email me instead, and I will send  you the card without you having to send me one.   That includes all my Caribbean contacts, by the way.  W3FF@buddipole.com.

No IRC's please.   And I am no longer using the ARRL bureau  as of September of 2014.



Here's my trike.  This is weird-looking, but the results on 6 Meters are gratifying.  Japan on 6 Meters has been my best DX.  ONE Q, hi.  On CW, and the op was gratious in sending me an internet recording of our contact.  That particular QSO was made on a two element Yagi made up of Buddipole whips.

The Lightfoot Cycle trike is fun to ride, and I have it set up for HF and for the Magic Band too.  Antennas are Buddipole components configured in various ways.  For HF, I like shock/corded whips with a capacity hat on top.   The cap hat keeps the antenna shorter for riding under trees here in Redding, CA.


I designed the Buddipole antenna in 2000, and my son, Chris,W6HFP, runs the BP company from Hillsboro, OR.  I answer emails on setup and tuning the commercial offerings.

"Buddies in the Caribbean" is a group of guys who operate from various countries in the Caribbean with Buddipoles.  I've been to visit the Islands 15 times in the past 10 years.  We go to St Lucia the first ten days in December every year, and the second BIC trip is to a different island, usually in late January.  In 2014, we went to Bequia in the Grenadines.  That's a lobster place:

A link to my homepage is below.  There are two files for homebrewing Buddipoles and Buddisticks, and thousands of ops have built the designs successfully.

It's a great life.  My goal has and will continue to be to.... Have Fun Every Day.



The homebrew Buddipole and Buddistick information is here:





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