FIRST LICENSED: December of 1972 as WN6UPE, upgraded to General Class as WA6UPE a year later, then to Advanced as KF6FM, and finally to Amateur Extra as WU6X.
FIRST STATION: Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver and Viking Adventurer 50W crystal (807 tube) CW-only transmitter to a 40m dipole. I bought the pair used for $50 and restored them to working condition. Through the years, other Viking radios, a Drake B-line and other radios that "glow in the dark" found their way into the shack.
CURRENT STATION: Yaesu FT-1000D backed up by an Ameritron AL-80B amp. I work SSB, CW and digital modes of PSK, RTTY, Packet and JT65. A 40-foot tower supports HF antennas including a 2-element, 5-band Lightning Bolt QUAD at 45 feet, inverted V's for 40m and 80m, and a 2m "J" at 50 feet. I like to work "special events" and sometimes DXpeditions, so you may hear me in a pile-up now and then. I also work HF mobile with an ICOM IC-706 MkIIG and High Sierra HS-1800 screwdriver antenna (pictures below). I recently added an Elecraft KX-3 to the "portable" shack, but also use it in the base as it is just too much fun!
OTHER HOBBIES: Float tube and stream fishing for trout and bass, computer repair, radio-controlled sailplanes, camping and RV'ing, ARES and communications support for local events, and currently a member of Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (www.w6ek.org).
BIO: Past ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Santa Cruz County while also serving as Assistant Commander in the Santa Cruz Police reserves. I'm a Vietnam veteran (active 68-70) serving as a shipboard Radarman PO2 with 10 years total service in the Navy Reserves. I've enjoyed many career paths, but my favorite jobs have been technical in nature including Hewlett-Packard as a microwave technician and Grass Valley Group as a field service manager in the broadcast television industry. I'm now retired as of January 2015, enjoying life on my terms.
I'm sure we have something in common, and hope to chat with you someday. I work all bands and modes and occasionally even Echolink.
QSL Info: eQSL, LOTW or ARRL Buro will work; if you have to have a paper QSL I can do that too (SASE please); NOTE: you can print my paper QSL from eQSL if you choose that method.
If you hear me, break-in and say hello. I share the shack with my XYL of 45+ years, Louise, W6LPG.
BCNU and 73, Dennis
ABOVE: 5-band Lightning Bolt Quad (20 thru 10 w/WARC) with and without snow! BELOW: Mobile (ICOM IC-706 MkIIg), audio out through car stereo system AUX input; antenna is the High Sierra HS-1800 screwdriver mounted New Zealand style.
BELOW-LEFT: Field Day 1980, Son Justin (now N6FWD) looking over my shoulder. RIGHT-FD2013 logging for W6RBL-Robert
BELOW - Station WU6X from left, (top) Signalink USB, Yaesu G-800S rotor controller, Quantics W9GR audio DSP-3 under the LED UTC clock, and Alinco DR-635 dual-band; (middle) Yaesu SP-5 speaker/phone patch, Yaesu FT-1000D tranceiver, Ameritron AL-80B amplifier; (front) MD-100 mic, Vibroplex paddle and a 1946 Lightning "bug".
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