I was first licensed in 1963 as WN6HDG at age 15. I attended a licensing class put on by the Lockheed Amateur Radio Club (W6LS) in Burbank California. My Novice station consisted of a Viking Adventurer and later a Viking Ranger 2 along with a Hammarlund HQ-180. I contacted 49 states (missed R.I.) & 43 countries as a Novice. This set the stage for contesting & DX-ing for years to come. In February 1964 I passed my general exam and the call changed to WB6HDG. A Viking Thunderbolt was added shortly thereafter. I upgraded to Advanced in 1975 and then to Extra in 1984 when I became WB6L.
Shown in the picture are Jake & Jasmine (K9LAB & VO2LAB) my Black Labrador retrievers. Jake is now 11 & Jasmine became a SK just before her 15th birthday.
My operating interests are DX-ing & contesting. Honor Roll & 5BDXCC. My favorite bands are 10, 12, & 17 meters. I operate 3.5 -50 MHz, both SSB & CW. I collect Collins Radio equipment along with amateur radio handbooks & manuals. My station consists of an ICOM 756 Pro2, Henry 2K Classic-X along with Heil microphones and headsets. I have Hy-Gain mono band antennas for 6/10/15/20 meters. Dipoles on 80, 75, 40, 17, & 12 meters. I have been operating continuously since 1963 (even 1969-1974 while in the military) and would be glad to exchange QSL cards. Please QSL via bureau or direct with SASE. I also use LOTW.
QSL - 1. LOTW, 2. Direct with SAE & postage, 3. Bureau (speed up the bureau shipments by e-mailing me your QSL information). I enjoy getting paper QSL's.
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