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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 meters. Relocated to Illinois in 1966 and call changed to WA9HRN. In Illinois I was an active HF DXer.

In 1999 I relocated to California and changed my call to W6ADV. Living in a deed restricted neighborhood, my antennas were limited to what could notbe seen from the street.

I had two 10-15-20 meter dipoles in the attic up 18 feet pointing N and NE, and an outdoor 20 meter CCD full wave Inverted Vee on the chimney at 30 feet all three are connected with a Stack Match to select direction,combinations and phasing. This works amazingly well. On 40 meters I have a dipole at 15 feet.

I have just relocated to a new QTH on over an acre or land.where I hope to put up some better antennas!

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

Photo Shows one of my four working Spark Gap stations. (Click to enlarge)

This one 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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