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Photo - AB6Z (Me) on the playground of Gage Jr. High School, when I first was licensed.


I began amateur radio because of my best friend Gordon Ishibashi (WB6TUO). Gordon and I had just graduated from Gage Jr. High School (1965) in Huntington Park, Calif., a subburb of Los Angeles. Gordon had found a Ham near where he lived, who was going to help him and a mutual friend, obtain a "Ham" license. It then became my goal to find one and get a license too. After all, I did not want to be left out! Some weeks before, while delivering news papers, I had noticed a house with a lot of "big" antennas. Through this Ham, I met Walt Pittman (W6DFO), who became my first "ELMER". Walt was a homebrewer's homebrewer. I spent hours every day, after school, in his shack watching him solder and home-brew every model of Swan transceiver that was ever produced, linear amplifiers and my pride and joy, a homebrew Collins 75A4 receiver. Within a month, I had passed my novice exam (WN6RDB). Three months later, I skipped school and took the bus to the FCC office in downtown Los Angeles and passed the General exam and was issued the callsign (WB6RDB). While in college in Nacogdoches, Texas, I had the second callsign of (WA5TUL).

Photo - My first transmitter,  40 Meters - 5 watts Output

I built my first transmitter (pictured above) and receiver from several old Black and White TV sets that people were throwing out as color television was just becoming affordable. All I could operate was 40 CW. My antenna was a homebrew 40 meter vertical, made of scrap aluminum, roof mounted with 4 radials. I was nicknamed "Ham" by my fellow classmates in high school. I spent nearly every afternoon, after school, on the air. I earned my Extra class license in 1976, receiving my present call, AB6Z in 1978.

I have enjoyed my hobby for over 50 years now, all the while, meeting many wonderful and interesting hams. My focus has changed over time. Interests have included T-Hunting, VHF/UHF Repeater design/construction/linking, Antenna Design, Packet Radio, Software Design, Packet/Internet Gateway and my latest passion, DXing almost exclusively by CW !!

Several Hams have been a major influence in my life and career. I can not thank them enough for the positive influence they have had on me. They are: W6DFO (Walt Pittman SK), W6MA (Dr. Bill Doud), K6FR (Tony Notaro), N6RJ (Jim Rafferty SK), K6BWA (Dr. Joe Schulman), WB6TUO (Gordon - still my best friend), W6ZR (Ray Turner) and most of all W5YNH (Tom Kelly SK), my Dad! I never knew he had been a ham until after I had obtained a license. He let me develop the interest and do it all on my own. Counting my Dad, we now have had four generations of hams in the family. My oldest son, Thom is W0TMK. Thom lives with me and runs one of our family businesses, KELLY FIREARMS AND AMMO.  My wife, Sonia runs our other family Business, GIFTS4HAMS.COM. My Grandson, Lyric is KF5WIZ. My brother, Tim is KF5WIY and my best buddy, Jeff is KQ5UA. Other close friends include Rich K2RR, Don KI7ZZ, Rick NQ4I, Victor N8OO and Ned K1GU.

Clubs/Organizations: ARRL,  599 DX AssociationCWops, SKCC and QCWA

Awards: ARRL -  DXCC  (Mixed, Phone, CW), 7B-DXCC, WAS, RCC     CQ  -  WAZ, WPX       EQSL - EDX, EDX100 (CW&SSB) & EPFX300

Three station positions:  Left to Right, SX-99/Homebrew XMTR, Elecraft K-3/Alpha 87A, Elecraft k-3, /AL-811H, TS-2000/Henry 3K

  • Antenna Tuners : MFJ-998 Autotuner, TenTec 253 Autotuner,Ultimate Transmatch UT-2000A
  • Digital Interface :SignalLink USB, HRD DM780, Digital Rotator
  • Antennas :
  1. Colinear Dipole Array at 100 ft. (40,30,20,17,10M)
  2. End-fed Terminated Vee at 30 ft. (80/160M) - NVIS for Emergency Communication
  3. 10 element LPDA at 55 ft. (10-30M)
  4. Vertical Groundplane (80M)
  • Pan Display: Homebrew SDR HF/VHF receiver (also used as outboard - 2nd recordable receiver)
  • Remoted Station (RemoteHams.com)  TS-2000 with Colinear & LPDA    (AB6Z Remote Systems)

ZN-9 Iambic Paddle - Absolutely the best you can buy!

             Tennadyne T-10 @ 55ft.                A GIFTS4HAMS Dust Cover for my ZN-9 by N3ZN Keys

ZN-MiniMITE and a Gifts4Hams mobile mount   Amazing what computers have done for Ham Radio!!!

Entry photo example QSL image for W5NA

73 es gud dx  Tom



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AB6Z
Latest Contacts for AB6Z at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
WH6R 2017-03-19 40M CW BL11dh Hawaii ERAN AGMON
JH4UTP 2017-03-19 40M CW PM64xp Japan Takayuki Miyachi
9A5D 2017-03-19 40M CW JN92bp Croatia RADIOKLUB DUBROVNIK
5U5R 2017-03-19 30M RTTY JK13am Niger Niger 2017 Dxpedition by Tifariti Gang
KL7/VE7ACN 2017-03-18 30M CW Alaska
LA7GIA 2017-03-18 20M CW JO59lx Norway Kenneth Opskar
CG3AT 2017-03-18 20M CW JJ00aa Canada Ron Vander Kraats
OH2BU 2017-03-18 20M CW KP20fb Finland Jari Jussila
TZ5XR 2017-03-17 40M CW JJ00aa Mali Laurent Migliorini
5U5R 2017-03-15 40M CW JK13am Niger Niger 2017 Dxpedition by Tifariti Gang
FK8CE 2017-03-13 40M CW RG28rj New Caledonia Dominique (Dom) HOARAU
SV9BAI 2017-03-13 40M CW KM25am Crete GIANNIS GALANAKIS
5U5R 2017-03-12 40M SSB JK13am Niger Niger 2017 Dxpedition by Tifariti Gang
9H3YY 2017-03-12 40M CW JM75fv Malta Rene Matthes
RI1AND 2017-03-12 40M CW JB59vf Antarctica Mikhail Fokin

Book Totals: 11960 qso's   4645 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#238
Granted: 2016-07-19 01:07:05   (AB6Z)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#762
Granted: 2015-02-26 22:05:03   (AB6Z)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#386
Granted: 2015-01-15 18:45:59   (AB6Z)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#407
Granted: 2015-01-15 18:45:51   (AB6Z)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#55
Granted: 2015-01-15 18:45:48   (AB6Z)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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