First licensed in 1967 as a Novice while in high school on Vashon Island near Seattle using a NC-57 receiver and Knight T-60 transmitter. Six months later upon obtaining a General class license I built a Heath SB-101 and never looked back. Still have my SB series gear.
Worked as a Broadcast AM and Television engineer at KWSU and then KCTS TV in Seattle before retiring.
Primary home station is a ICOM 756PRO now driving a homebrew 4-1000A amplifier to the legal U.S. limit of 1.5 kilowatts on all HF bands when necessary.
Antennas currently are vertical 1/2 wave dipoles on 80, 40 and 20 meters over the salt water of Puget Sound on the south side of Three Tree Point in the town of Burien, Washington. Backup antenna is a Gap Titan vertical mounted on the bulkhead overlooking the beach and over salt water.
Second QTH is on Stuart Island in the San Juan islands of Washington State. The home there is totally "off the grid" and all electrictiy is generated by solar PV's. Station consists of an Icom 720A slaved to an Icom R-70 receiver. Antennas are 1/2 wave vertical dipoles over salt water for 40 and 20 meters and a 1/2 wave horizontal dipole for 80 meters.
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