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Roger Barkley, W6LAX, operates from the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.

In 1960 I was licensed as WA6OTC. In the early days, I converted war surplus gear and built my own equipment, and I still enjoy some kit building.

I run a K-3/100 and a P-3 panadapter - fantastic radio! I recently added a beautiful K8RA P-6 brass paddle - a heavy, smooth key that is a really nice piece of craftsmanship.

My most recent addition to the shack is an Alpha 8410, which is as good as it gets for a manual tune linear.

In 2007 I replaced my two Force-12 yagis (that one afternoon just dropped off the tower!) with a SteppIR 3-element with 30/40 meter option @ 63 feet. This is a great antenna. I'd have gotten a larger version, but we live in a very windy area and so I was pleased to reduce the windload.

When I was 14, a friend and I set the world's record for the world's longest QSO: 78-3/4 hours - 90% of it on CW. (Okay, it was a dumb teenager stunt - but, hey, it was a "world's record!")

I have worked 331 of the active DXCC countries.

Then when I was 44, I left my corporate career and entered seminary, graduating in 1994 to become lead pastor of the Congregational Church of Northridge. I have yet to convince the Board of Trustees to put a three-band Quad on top of the church's 100-foot steeple.

YouTube video of my station (shot with my smart phone)

A former bicycle racer, I still enjoy cycling -- nowadays on a recumbent bicycle that you can see at Bacchetta Bicycles These are fast, aerodynamic, comfortable bicycles that are quickly becoming the choice of endurance riders.

Below, my very first contact after building a K-1 was breaking a pile-up for a D44 station; with wires hanging out the top as I tested to see if it would transmit I got the D44 with just 3-watts! The picture below shows it operating portable on the edge of a 100' cliff, which enhanced the performance of my homebrew "Buddipole". (I have an Elecraft K2/100 with Timewave -599zx as a back-up rig. Can you tell I like Elecraft?)

The James V. Barkley Memorial Radio Station
in honor of my dad who got into this life-long hobby

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W6LAX
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dedateband mode grid Country op
IT9AHH 2014-01-06 20m CW JN62ks Italy FRANCESCO ROSSO
OE7WRH 2014-01-06 20m CW JN77nm Austria Werner Winkler
JH1JNJ 2014-01-04 15m CW PM95ug Japan Hiroshi SAKUMA
V85TL 2014-01-03 15m CW OJ74lx Brunei H. TAMAT LAMPOH
W9NED 2013-12-30 20m RTTY EM68SN United States Paul
LA5QIA 2013-12-30 20M RTTY JP33tc Norway Paul Haavin
EA2AJB 2013-12-30 15m CW IN91xd Spain ANDR�S JOVEN RIVERO
GW0FZY 2013-12-25 20m CW IO81fq Wales JD Woolgar
IW9GMF 2013-12-19 15m RTTY JM77NO Italy VINCENZO
OP4A 2013-11-28 15m CW JO21lh Belgium Cis (Francis) Bauweraerts
HB9FBG 2013-11-05 15m CW jn45jx Switzerland Mauro
OP4A 2013-11-05 10m CW JO21lh Belgium Cis (Francis) Bauweraerts
F6ARS 2013-10-22 10m CW JN18lt France Gerard Szente
DF2GN 2013-10-08 12m cw JN48gc Germany Klaus Steinert
I8GMG 2013-10-01 15m CW JN71ip Italy NICOLA BUCCI

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