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Usually I log LOTW the same day, soon followed by eQSL. I also update logs here at QRZ, at QRZCQ and ClubLog.

Born and raised in the Netherlands. From childhood there has been an interest for physics. At about 12 years old I started experimenting with electronics and very quickly I started focusing on radio. At about 18 years old I got my first HAM license in the Netherlands with the call sign PE1JPC.

In 1986 I graduated with an RF Electronics degree and found a job at a factory manufacturing Quartz Crystals. I was designing the crystal oscillator circuitry. In 1995 the factory was taken over by an American company and I visited HQ in California. In 1996 I returned for a permanent stay in the US. Currently I work at a company in Silicon Valley as a quartz crystal, signal integrity and frequency synthesis expert.

Shortly after moving to the US I passed the Technician Class test and acquired a new call sign KF6PLO, a few years later followed by an upgrade to General Class.

In 2011 I moved to my current location on a hill at 1000feet (300 meter) elevation, just south of San Jose in California. Of course HAM radio had something to do with the selection of the location. In 2013 I finally moved up to Extra Class and changed the call sign to W6EDY.

I own a variety of radios, acquired over the years. I started with a handheld, followed by a more serious "DC-to-Daylight" rig, the IC-706 MK2G. The IC706 was initially used at base but is now the main mobile rig. At base I now operate a new Yaesu FTDX3000 and an ICOM IC-910H. For 220MHz operation I also have an Alinco DR235.

I love to play around with antennas and this is what my front yard looks like right now:

The most recent build is a 7-band Crossed Fan Dipole at 40 feet off the ground. It has all bands from 40m to 10m. It is split into 4 parts with 4 coax's running down the mast. I can switch between "low bands" and "high bands" and also between "north-south" and "east-west". Splitting the bands was necessary to prevent certain bands from interacting. With many thanks to 4NEC2 for the design of this monster.

On the corner of the house are two Moxon antennas, one for 10m and one for 6m.

The 30 feet high vertical antenna is made from a 30 feet long fiberglass (kyte flying) pole with a wire wrapped around it. At its base is an auto tuner that turns it into a multiband antenna from 80m to 6m but its main purpose is 80m and 40m. With the recent addition of the large fan dipole it will now be mostly 80m.

Besides HAM radio I also like to travel on 2 wheels.

Bike at Monument Valley

Eddy in Morgan Hill

 

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