My real name is Jeff, but at 6' - 6" tall, most everyone calls me 'Shorty' on the air. I was first licensed as a Novice Class Amateur Radio Operator as KN6JSI in 1953, at 12 years of age. The Novice Class was only good for one year, and was non-renewable, so my Mom drove me down the the FCC Building in Downtown LA during the summer school break in 1954, where I passed the General Class exam in front of an FCC examiner. That got rid of the 'N' in my call sign, and I've been K6JSI ever since. It also allowed me to operate on Phone, which was AM back then.
I did operate some Phone (AM) but I also enjoyed CW, and spent about half my time on CW on 20 and 40 meters, as well as Phone on 40 and 75 meters. Then, in the late 1950's and early 1960's we had the 'Sideband Wars.' Unfortunately, I was on the side of good audio, not spectral efficiency, so I, and a whole lot of other AMers, lost the war. Which is when I discovered FM repeaters. I found out that we could still have good quality audio, and by linking repeaters together we could talk long distances, even without the skip.
So, I started building repeaters in 1965. I first began linking them together about 1970. Ah, those were the days.
I started the WIN System (Western Intertie Network) in 1990 with a repeater in Vista (San Diego) California. I soon linked it to Palomar Mountain, and then linked to Mt. Woodson, then to Santiago Peak, and the WIN System was born, with great audio, too. We are now up to 90 full-time linked repeaters on the WIN System and still growing. Check us out at www.winsystem.org. Please stop by and say 'Hi' sometime.
My wife Susan, K6SLS, and I retired up to Smith River in 2009. We love it up here in the beautiful Redwoods, infact we have a 135' tall Redwood on our property. Smith River, population about 900, is 5 miles South of the Oregon border, and 12 miles North of Crescent City, CA on U.S. Highway 101.
Since retiring, I have had a desire to re-live the glory days of AM Phone on 75 meters. I acquired a home-brew California Kilowatt, a pair of 304-TL's modulated by a pair of 304-TL's, with wonderful 'Glow in the Dark' mercury vapor rectifiers. I'm working on re-building this beauty.
A picture of 304-TL's follow:
Below is a picture of the wonderful mercury-vapor rectifiers, 866A's, that glow with modulation. The California Kilowatt has Ten of these beauties:
In the meantime I acquired a Commercial AM Broadcast Transmitter, the wonderful Bauer 707 1 Kilowatt AM Broadcast transmitter. It usually runs a pair of 4-400A's in Class C in the Final, and another pair of 4-400A's in Class AB-1 in high-level Plate modulation service. Mine has been upgraded to 4-500As in the Final, and 4-500A's in the modulator. I am really having fun on 3.870 and 3.885 AM.
A picture of the Bauer 707 and the Finals with a nice pink glow follow:
And finally a picture of my operating position:
picture of my operating position:IfIf you're ever around 3.870 or 3.885 and hear me on, please give me a call. My good friend Pete K7PP recorded me at his home in Washington State almost 500 miles away from me, and posted it to YouTube. You can see it here...
Thanks for checking out my QRZ page, and I hope to talk with you on the WIN System, or 75 AM soon.
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