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AG6V with I2RTF, Mr. Begali, at ARRL National Convention 2011 Plano, TX
AG6V with I2RTF,
Mr. Begali,
ARRL National Convention 2011
Plano, TX


See my website at AG6V.COM    


Fun Project:


A recent, fun activity: moving from a straight key to a homebrew sideswiper key, made from a full length hacksaw blade, a paperclip, a binder clip, and of course a Sonoma County wine cork!

Liked the swing so much I got a "real" sideswiper (Begali HST).

March 2011

want step-by-step instructions?
email me.

Homebrew sideswiper key, hacksaw blade and cork and paperclip.


See my website at AG6V.COM

WAZ - CW in 2016.

Worked All States

Vermont QSO Party 2011

Vermont QSO Party 2011
how I got Vermont
for WAS...



=> 2018:   tower and beams are up!  Worth waiting for. JK Antennas for beam, MicroFlect tower to withstand the winds.

=> 2017: permit for a tower and some beams has been approved: took quite awhile. Windy at my QTH so the engineers were hesitant to wet-stamp just any standard tower... hopefully by the fall ...

==> 2015: same Elecraft K-Line. 
Working on design of a tower and beams with assistance of some wonderful hams. Maybe 2016. Designed and detailed. Progress!

=> January 2011: new rig: Elecraft K3 with P3 and TXCO. Digital now!
thanks for all in the past who put up with the FT-301 drifting and chirping.
September 2011: added the Elecraft KPA-500.
Spring 2013: added the Elecraft KAT-500<===

Antennas: Cushcraft R7 vertical and some dipoles.

Speed-X Straight key, Brass Racer paddle, LTA sideswiper, a homebrew sideswiper, and a Navy Flameproof key.
Begali HST sideswiper/single lever paddle, Begali Graciela magnetic vertical paddle, Begali Stealth spring paddle.
Sideswipers are the main keys at the moment. (april 2011...and beyond!)

There is a mic somewhere in the shack, too.


My first radio was a Yaesu FT-301 HF transceiver,
FP-301 (power supply),
FV-301 (2nd external VFO),
FC-301 (Antenna Coupler),

FT-221 2M transceiver,
LL-301 Land Line Auto Patch.

Yaesu equipment sold to a vintage collector in March, 2011.


QSL Info: LoTW preferred, but I do send a card for every one received.
I don't collect cards, and do not send them out unless I receive one, so a SASE is appreciated for USA destinations and is required for DX.

??? why would you need a QSL from a W7 (or formerly, a W6) station ???
       for a YL award !

Send QSL cards direct or via The SKCC bureau. Or LoTW or ARRL Buro.

I upload to LoTW about every week or more frequently. eQSL also.

eQSL and LoTW enabled! Thx Greg - KG5RJ for the help!

Here is a photo of my QSL card, (version prior to current).
It shows the results of another of my hobbies: quilting.



Memberships & Activities:

  • ARRL Life Member,
  • ARRL Volunteer Examiner,
  • CW Operators Club (CWops) - member #911,
  • Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF),
  • Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) - member #6933T,
  • Navy Marine Corps MARS (before it became defunct).
  • FoxTrot Tango Club (Yaesu FT owners group, when I had my first radio, an FT-301)

Thanks to my personal elmers for loaner equipment and discussions - W6IYS & N6OJ & N6JH & V31JP.


See my website at AG6V.COM

all logos property of their respective organizations

member # 6933T

formerly - with Navy Marine Corps MARS
before it went defunct
CW Ops
member # 911

My goals in Amateur Radio:

  • have fun
  • get the USA Counties Award - all 3077 of them on CW only - working on it!
  • get my "C" (done: Jan. 12, 2011 #514) and then "T" (done: Feb. 11, 2011, #392) from the SKCC group
  • learn and improve my skills and my station, to go for higher awards and be ready for EmComm assistance
  • help others get into Ham Radio by being a VE
  • finish the ARRL WAS with cw endorsement - awarded April 2011
  • get WAS from SKCC (done: March 2011) - #150 - CW only
  • and of course, did I mention, have fun?


Why CW? I love the melody of CW: reminds me of my childhood in various philharmonic symphonies playing the 'cello.

In my "real life" I am was an
art gallery& custom picture framing - studio owner.

So of course my memberships and awards are
'professionally framed'.
<<<<<============= Here is my FT membership certificate.

Did you know that Lt. Billy Mitchell (later General, USAF) connected Nome and Valdez, Alaska to the continental USA via telegraph line in 1911?

I came across this park while bicycling in Alaska late June 2011.
That's me, all bundled up for the cold weather of June (it's all relative!)

AG6V at Mt. Billy Mitchell in Alaska 2011
Proud "Marine Corps Brat", born at Cherry Point to a Naval Avaitor family.
And now I live where I can hear Navy jets flying, which I love.



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