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Celebrating 62nd year as an amateur radio operator and 58 years of marriage (60 if you count the courting time!!).

Retired from Tektronix. Inc in 2001 after 42 years in manufacturing, engineering, marketing and sales.

I QSL 100% every NEW call sign I work with a REAL QSL card and appreciate QSL cards in return (get a little behind sometimes). I do NOT use or respond to eQSL. Not setup for LOTW. Cards received via the bureau returned via the bureau. Cards received direct will be responded to direct. I don't need SASE's, green stamps, etc, but are helpful.

I collect lighthouse and lightship postal cards, US and foreign. If you have a lighthouse or lightship postcard you would send to me, I can trade for an extra lighthouse card I have. I also collect match boxes and matchbook covers from around the world.

DX STATIONS - Earn a Willamette Valley DX Club (WVDXC) Honorary Member Certificate. Work 10 members, then submit list (calls, bands and dates/ times) to WVDXC, POB 5993, Boring OR 97009, USA (www.wvdxc.org)

Do you own an older Tektronix product, are you interested in an older Tek product or need parts? Contact the 'vintageTEK' Museum at www.vintagetek.org. They may be able to assist you.

Received Novice license and call WN7WLL on July 9, 1954; General license and call W7WLL on September 30,1954; Advanced license on September 10, 1968; and Extra Class license on June 3, 2000. Held call AC7WLL during 1976 US Bi-Centennial. My early mentor was boyhood friend Bob Wruble, W7TDK (later AI7B, then W7GG (now deceased)). Remember code and license tests (and having to actually draw circuit diagrams) under the watchful eye of the FCC Portland office Examiner.

The WN7WLL Novice station (above) was taken in early September 1954, just before getting my General license, W7WLL. First station was a Hallicrafters SX-71, RME DB-23 Preselector, homebrew xtal-controlled transmitter, Amphenol folded dipole for 80 and 40 and I think, a Heathkit AC-1 tuner. Moved up to an original EF Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter as a General. In '56 also went mobile with an Elmac AF-67, Gonset convertor and Webster Bandspanner. Upgraded the mobile receiver to a Morrow 5BRF and FTR, later to a Morrow MBR-5 and replaced the Elmac xmitter with a Morrow MB-560.

Joined Tektronix in July '58, got married in Aug '58, and in '62 moved into our first home. There I used the SX-71, Viking Ranger, a modified BC-610 amplifier and an early HyGain 3 el tribander (blue molded traps, destroyed in Columbus Day windstorm of 1962 and rebuilt). In '64 we moved to a new home, purchased a Collins S-1 Line (still have it), built a 4-1000 amplifier and installed a HyGain Thunderbird (black molded traps) beam at the top of a 100 foot fir tree (rotated it with an old prop pitch motor and WWII surplus selsyn indicators). Took the tree down some years later and installed an early HyGain TH-7 on a WT-51 Tri-Ex crank-up tower.

Served from '54-'63 with the 41st Inf Div, 162nd Engineer Bn, Hq & Hq Co, OANG, as Communications Chief while going to college, working at Tektronix and starting a family. When my third enlistment was up I took an honorable discharge as an E-6. While with the unit I was also the CHOP of MARS station K7WAI (me above at our portable MARS station setup at Ft Lewis WA with a National NC-125 and WRL Globe Champion).

At our ocean home the rigs are a Yaesu FT-1000D, FT-990 and an Alpha 91b amplifier. Antennas are an 80 inverted V hung from the top of a 70 foot Hy-Gain HG-70HD crankup tower, topped with a Hy-Gain TH7DX (10/15/20) at 72 feet (22 M), a Cushcraft A3WS (12/17) at 80 feet (24 M) and a Technical Specialist's high-gain 2 M 16 foot monopole at 82 feet (25 M). A 40 M inverted V is hung from the house peak (need a better antenna, maybe next summer). Use a Kenwood TM-241A for 2 M.

Have a Tri-Ex WT-51 crankup setting on sawhorses. Hope to erect this coming summer and mount an estate acquired 5 band Cubex quad. Also have a Rohn FK-25 tilt-over tower which needs to be put up or sold. Also have a KLM 40M rotatable linear loaded dipole which needs to be put up. 

My current mobile is a Yaesu FT-900 using Hustler antennas.

Member - ARRL, Willamette Valley DX Club (March 12, 1965), 10-10 (#71666), United States Lighthouse Society, QCWA (#33545), Smithsonian Institution, National Contact Management Association (Certified Federal Contracts Manager and Fellow), BPOE - Newport OR lodge, Oregon Emergency Net {OEN} (#69, March 12, 1965), Ayr Amateur Radio Group (Scotland) and Lincoln County's Emergency ACS.

I am the W suffix sorter for the ARRL 7th District QSL Bureau (http://wvdxc.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=492). Was the 7th Call Area QSL Bureau Manager, starting in 1967 for a couple of years.

Trustee for KY7L, Oregon Amateur Radio Special Events Association, we operate portable from Oregon lighthouses and other Oregon coast special events when time and conditions permit.

Active in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (www.illw.net). Have operated from Cape Blanco LH, Umpqua River LH, Cleft of the Rock LH, Yaquina Bay LH, Yaquina Head LH and Cape Arago LH (on Chief Island) along Oregon's coast.

Former QSL Manager for ET3/9E3/9F3FMA (now via W4WJ), VR4LN (now via K4ZPF), KC6CE (now via K4ZPF), KW6EK (SK, logs gone), FL8MC (now via F5EU), FL8HM and YV1ACI among others back in time and currently handling old AI7B, W7GG and WW7OR cards.

Have a few hollow tube technology items around, the Morrow Radio 5BRF, FTR, MBR-5 (looking for a MB-560). Looking for original aluminum front knobs for a Morrow 5BRF. Have two Hallicrafters SX-71's, one post- and one pre-15 meter band, a Hallicrafters S-19R which needs work, mostly capping I suspect, Hallicrafters R-46 and Hammarlund SP-600 speakers, EF Johnson Viking Ranger and a Collins R-390A (looking for a CV converter). Also have a few old brass and wood hand keys, US and foreign.


Temporary ham shack.                           West (beach facing) side of house (Siuslaw National Forest behind).

Bucket lift truck for easy work on antennas.            Local black bear who raided our garbage can



View to the West from our home.

We live in an ocean view 2-story home on an acre plus of flat land at the top of a 72 foot (22 M) hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the south-central Oregon coast (above Highway 101 Milepost 162) in south Lincoln County, 2 miles N of Yachats OR (close to San Marine area) and 6 miles S of Waldport OR. We are about 1500 feet (457 M) from the ocean, a quick walk down the hill (hopefully safe from any potential tsunami!!!).

We have many wild animals in the area, including white tail deer, coyote, puma (cougar), black bear and Roosevelt elk.  All wander onto our property from the Siuslaw National Forest behind us (269,000 acres/420 sq miles/108,860 hectares), a very big back yard!!

Interested in OR central and north coast weather? See current wx information (updated about every 5 minutes) at www.ocrg.org/telemetry_feed/ocrgwx.html. I'm Yachats/AS531, at the list bottom, and use a Peet Ultimeter 2000 wx station. Visit my Marine Traffic System Receiving Station Number 1988 at www.marinetraffic.com. You can also see ships at sea and aircraft traffic along the OR coast at www.ocrg.org.

Above is former ham shack in Portland OR and my wife and I with two of our six great grandchildren.


After 42 years with Tektronix, Inc., I retired in February 2001 as Director of Global Marketing's Customer and Sales Support Group (comprising the Technical Support Center, Commercial and Federal Contracts, Federal Security, Tender Management, ECommerce, Business Practices, Customer and Employee Technical Training, Export Services, Export Control, Corporate Customer Certification and Compliance, Pricing Administration and Logistics). I represented the company on various national trade and other organization committees, including associations such as CBEMA, NSIA, SAMA, MAPI, CCSGP, COMPACT, ADPA (formerly AOA), EIA and the DOD Science Board.

Served as a civilian volunteer from 1974 through 2010 for the Department of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs, working with the Oregon Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization. Served as a Unit Representative, Area Chair and Employer Outreach Chair.

Appointed by the Secretary of Commerce in '74 to its volunteer National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) unit as a Senior Advisor, GS-14. The Commerce NDER Unit was transferred in '98 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and disbanded in '08.

Raised a competitive figure skater through age 5 to 15, traveled to ice skating competitions around the western US. Served as the State Games of Oregon Figure Skating Commissioner from '92 to '95 and served on the Oregon Skating Council for a period as President and VP. Held similar positions with the Carousel Figure Skating Club.

Own Technovations, an Oregon business consulting to small businesses interested in marketing and selling to US and foreign governments.

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, SW Lincoln County Water District (serving the area between Waldport and Yachats OR).

Alum #499 of Portland State College (Portland State Extension Center when I started), MBA from American Graduate University.

Awarded US Patent 3,888,780 for Timelapse Photographic System.


Host MarineTraffic System AIS receiving station 1988, feeding AIS data into the global MarineTraffic system from vessels at sea. Use a SLR-300N receiver and AEA Isopole antenna 100 ft (31 M) above MSL .

Host Flightradar24 ADS-B receiving station F-KONP1, feeding ADS-B from the coast into the global Flightradar24 system from aircraft equipped with ADS-B equipment. Use a Flightradar24 receiver and 1090 MHz antenna 100 feet (31 M) above MSL.

Hobbies besides ham radio - lighthouses, lighthouse books and lighthouse memorabilia (local pharologist), stamps and coins, matchbook covers and boxes (phillumenist), rock polishing and travel.


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