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First licensed in 1962, in Huntington, LI, NY as WN2CUM and later as WB2CUM where I was active DXer on 6 & 2 meter AM with a 20 watt plate modulaated Neil Alpha, using a Ameco converter, and later on SSB with my SX-101A and HT-32 and an HA-6 and HA-2 transverters.

I relocated to Illinois in 1966 and call changed to WA9HRN. In Illinois I was an active HF DXer with a five element monobanders at 98 feet.

In 1999 I relocated to California and changed my call to W6ADV. I'm in my third deed restricted neighborhood, (they're all restricted) were my antennas are limited to what cannot be seen from the street. Temporary, I am using 20 and 40 meter dipoles at about 30 feet. Equipment in the shack is a Kenwood TS-950SDX feeding a Collins 30L-1.  I also have an Alpha 76PA, but I don't run it (yet) due to RFI issues I am dealing with in the house.

My current passion is collecting spark era radios, keys and components.

The photo above shows one of my four working Spark Gap stations. (Click to enlarge)

This is a 1/2 KW Rotary Spark Gap with a 10,000 volt adjustable Thoradson transformer, Murdock oscillation coil,Murdock rotary gap driven by a Holtzer-Cabot motor, Murdock glass plate condenser, Murdock antenna switch, Smith Roller hot wire ammeter and a Sprague anti-spark back keying condenser, mounted on a Signal Electric spark key.

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