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 andrestored them to working condition. Through the years, other Viking radios, a Drake B-line, Heathkit SB-200 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", so you may hear me in a pile-up now and then. I also work HF mobil on the way to work every day with a ICOM IC-706 MkIIG and High Sierra HS-1800 screwdriver antenna.
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 the Secretary at 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) as shipboard Radarman PO2, with 10 years total service in the Navy Reserves. My favorite jobs have been technical in nature, working for Hewlett-Packard as a microwave technician, Grass Valley Group as a factory and field service manager in the television industry, and currently working for an International consulting firm with focus in many different market sectors (www.stantec.com).
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).
If you hear me, break-in and say "HI". PS: I share the shack with my XYL of 45+ years, Louise, WA6FIA.
BCNU and 73, Dennis
ABOVE: 5-band QUAD (20 thru 10 w/WARC) with and without snow! BELOW: WU6X Mobile (ICOM IC-706 mkIIg)
BELOW-LEFT:Field Day 1980, Son Justin (now N6FWD) looking over my shoulder. RIGHT-FD2013 logging for W6RBL-Robert
BELOW-LEFT: Field Day 2013: Hy-Gain 5-band verticaland 4-band tuned "trap" radial
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