Because of my long first name, I have always gone by the nickname, “Pat”. I was first licensed in 1948 in my hometown of Austin, Texas as W5OZI, a call I have been lucky enough to hold on to through the years. Additional calls over the years have been K4ADL, DL4FL, HS1R, KL7FCC, K4BLE, W0ORQ, G5BGA, KG4ZI, VP2MFZ and one of the three operators at PJ6D. I am a retired soldier, a retired electrical contractor and an active rancher. I have been very active on 6 meters since 1985 and have worked 167 DXCC entities and 1170 grids on that band and was recently awarded FFMA #2 for working all US grids. I was Secretary of The Six Meter International Radio Klub (SMIRK) for about 10 years. For the past several years I have enjoyed “grid hopping” to rare grids in Mexico and West Texas, to give lots of the guys a “new one” on 6 meters. On the HF Bands I have 10 band DXCC and#1 DXCC Honor Roll with 348 entities worked. My present equipment for 6 meters consists of a Yaesu FT-92O into a homebuilt 2x Eimac 3-500Z linear amplifier and stacked 8 element W1JR- designed yagis at 96 and 72 feet AGL. For the HF bands I use a Yaesu FT-1000MP and an Alpha 89. HF antennas are shunt fed verticals for 160/80m, sloping half-wave dipoles for 40/30m, and a 12 element Tennadyne log periodic antenna at 75 feet for 20 through 10 m.
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