FIRST LICENSED: December of 1972 as WN6UPE, then General as WA6UPE, Advanced as KF6FM, and finally to Amateur Extra as WU6X.
CURRENT STATION: Yaesu FT-1000D backed up by an Ameritron AL-80B amp. I work SSB, CW and digital modes of PSK, RTTY, Packet, JT65 and FSQcall. 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, a 2m "J" at 50 feet, and a discone on 6m at 25 feet. I also work HF mobile with an ICOM IC-706 MkIIG and High Sierra HS-1800 screwdriver antenna (pictures below). I recently added the Elecraft KX3 for portable and RV use, but also use it as the base station often for the incredible receiver and CW filters.
OTHER HOBBIES: RC sailplanes, float tubeing and stream fishing for trout and bass, computers, RV'ing, and support of local events as a member of Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club (www.w6ek.org), also a member of Placer County ARES.
BIO: Vietnam veteran (active 68-70) as a Radarman PO2, and 10 years total service in the Reserves. ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Santa Cruz County (1970's) while also serving as the Assistant Commander in the Santa Cruz Police Department reserves. I've enjoyed many career paths including Hewlett-Packard as a microwave tech, Facilities Mgr at Atari, and 16 years in management positions with Grass Valley Group in Marketing, Sales, Field Service, Olympics Games Projects, and Customer Training. I'm now enjoying retirement and RV trips with my XYL of 45+ years (W6LPG).
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, but lately on CW more than other modes.
eAddresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; Packet: wu6x-@ag6qo.#nca.ca.usa.noam; Winlink: email@example.com (NOTE: remove the "-" from my email addresses, added to thwart Internet robots from harvesting my emails)
QSL Info: eQSL, LOTW or ARRL Buro will work; if you need a paper QSL, SASE please, or print from eQSL if that will work for you. I am CWOps #1632, grid CM98kw, CQ Zone 3, ITU Zone 6.
If you hear me, break-in and say hello. PS: I may have worked you as one of the W1AW/6 ARRL Centennial stations from my home QTH, or as W1AW/7 from contest station W7RN.
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 on CW and Son Justin (now N6FWD) looking over my shoulder.
BELOW RIGHT: Field Day 2016 with Son Justin (N6FWD) logging for me. Elecraft KX3 running QRP off deep cycle battery for 24 hours.
BELOW: I love working portable ... me at the picnic table during the CA QSO Party 2015 from a Siskiyou County campground with my Elecraft KX3.
BELOW: 2005 Winne 34' with Jeep in tow and High Sierra screwdriver mounted to front bumper. This allows connection and operation of the screwdriver from the RV dash via RG-8X and control cable, and/or HF mobile in the Jeep on excursions (no HF antenna on the RV, only VHF/UHF).
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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