I log both QRZ and LOTW.
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 a 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.
My antennas are a 130 feet (40m) long wire that I use for the 80m and 40m bands, a fan dipole that I designed for the 20m, 17m, 15m and 10m bands, a 6m loop and a CX333 tri-bander for 2m, 220 and 440. I also have a 440 egg-beater for satellite operation.
Here is a picture of my fiberglass mast for the CX333 and 6 meter loop. The mast is also the support and 1/3 feedpoint of the long wire.
The Fan Dipole for 20M, 17M, 15M and 10M:
Besides HAM radio I also like to travel on 2 wheels.
Eddy in Morgan Hill
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