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, 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 mobile with an 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 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. 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 now retired.
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. PS: I share the shack with my XYL of 45+ years, Louise, WA6FIA.
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-LEFT: Field Day 2013: Hy-Gain 5-band vertical and 4-band tuned "trap" radial; RIGHT: Al-NI2U and I provide communications support to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital during and emergency communications test exercise linking hospitals in Roseville and Sacramento.
Station WU6X: from left, (top) Signalink USB, Yaesu G-800S rotor controller, Quantics W9GR audio DSP-3 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 1946 Lightning "bug".
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