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A few months ago, I read in the Silent Keys section of QST that Dan Sullivan, WB2PED, of Hyde Park, NY, had passed away.   Dan was my Elmer back in 1968 and helped me get my first license as a Novice.   When my WN2JLQ ticket finally arrived, Dan was my first QSO.   I contacted Herb Sweet, K2GBH, who was a friend of Dan’s and had helped Dan’s family sell his ham gear.  Herb had sold all Dan’s gear by the time I contacted him, but he sent me a QSL card Dan had received.

About two weeks later I received an email from Herb.   One of Dan’s sons had a couple of Dan’s keys he wanted to sell.   I selected Dan’s 1942 Vibroplex Lightning Bug and Herb shipped it to me in June, after I returned from Australia.  It was in rough shape; mostly very dirty, missing a few parts and a few of the rubber and nylon parts had deteriorated over its 75-year life.   I placed a call to Vibroplex and the needed parts arrived a few days later.   I cleaned up the key and made it functional but kept the key as near the condition that Dan had it.   ‘Preservation Class’ is what they call it in the classic automobile world, I think.

It turned out quite nicely, I think.

The QSL card from Herb that Dan received has some significance to me as well.  It was for a 2M FM QSO Dan had with W2CVT, The Poughkeepsie Amateur Radio Club, running a special event station from the FDR’s Hyde Park Estate in 1995.  It was at a meeting of the Poughkeepsie Amateur Radio Club late in 1967 that I announced that I wanted to become a licensed Amateur.   It was Dan, WB2PED, who stepped forward at the meeting to help me.  Dan’s QSL card from W2CVT ties everything together for me.

Was this key the one Dan used on his end of my first QSO as WN2JLQ?  Who can tell?   I’d like to think so, if I can be permitted a bit of sentimental imagining.   

Many thanks to all you Elmers out there who help keep Amateur Radio moving along.  I’ll always remember Dan, WB2PED, and his help getting me started in Amateur Radio.

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I was very honored and pleased to have received the Northern California DX Club's 2017 Member of the Year Award at Saturday's IDXC 2017 Banquet.  Thank you very much to the Members of the NCDXC for this award!

June 16, 2016:  Jim, K8JRK handed me the NCDXC President's gavel on June 19, 2014, and then gave me my Past President's pin on June 16, 2016.  

 

June 18, 2015:  This evening I was given the honor of being re-elected President of the Northern California DX Club for the 2015-2016 term!   Amateur Radio and DXing have given me such enjoyment over the years, and this is another high point in my Amateur career.

May 20, 2015:  Today I was very pleased and surprised when my brother-in-law, John, presented me with a VT-218 Ionospherical Exciter – which he built from parts gleaned from eBay.  

This beauty has my callsign engraved on the front plaque, a green glowing Power-On lamp, a working DC ammeter and a ceramic-socketed  Eimac VT-218 tube in a glass chimney Illuminated by a ring of LEDs.

I turned this bad boy on and 17 meters immediately opened up to Europe!!

Amazing !!! 

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I really had a good time in Visalia, CA at the 2015 International DX Convention - and particularly during the Saturday evening Banquet Raffle drawing when I won a new ICOM IC-7100 !!

I am one lucky guy, and I know it !!

 

K6MKF Elected NCDXC President 2014-2015

Jim, K8JRK presents the President's gavel to Mike, K6MKF 

For me, Amateur Radio just keeps getting better and better!  The Northern California DX Club has elected me President for the 2014-2015 term, and in addition, approved my application for Life Membership.  It was a big night for me!

 

SteppIR 3L 40/30 - Antenna Party

On June 14, 2014 a great crew of my fellow DXers assembled at my QTH to help me put my SteppIR 3L 40/30 yagi up on my 40 foot mast.   Here's the crew celebrating success!

And here's what success looks like!

 

NCDXC 2013 DXER OF THE YEAR

K6KLY, NCDXC 2013 DXer of the Year K6MKF, N6SJ

NCDXC 2013 DXER OF THE YEAR

As is the custom, the Saturday night convention banquet is when the organizing club’s President makes certain club awards for the year. There were over 800 of the world’s top DXers in the audience including Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT, a Nobel Laureate in Physics from Princeton University.

Russ Benson, K6KLY, NCDXC President and Steve Jones, N6SJ, Chairman of the Awards Committee, announced that I had been named the NCDXC 2013 DXer of the year. To say I was surprised would be a massive understatement!

Until that moment I had considered being on the 3D2C 2012 Conway Reef DXpedition team as being the high point of my Amateur Radio career. Now I have a new peak Amateur Radio experience that is really going to be hard to top.

 

3D2C TEAM MEMBER

I was privileged to be a member of the 3D2C Conway Reef 2012 DXpedition Team. We were QRV from Conway Reef 26 SEP - 3 OCT 2012 and we logged 71693 QSOs with Amateurs around the world. Participating as a member of this team had been the high point of my Amateur Radio career before being awarded the NCDXC Dxer of the Year for 2013. 

More details at the 3D2C website: http://www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html

 

Hello from Conway Reef !!

Also, I am now Trustee for W6NAG - Lupton Downs ARC. Check us out on QRZ.COM at http://www.qrz.com/db/W6NAG/

Lupton Downs ARC


Previous callsigns and QTHs include:
WN2JLQ - Poughkeepsie NY,
KA3FJD - Hagerstown MD,
KD3AN - Hagerstown, Washington D.C., Boulder Creek and San Jose, CA.

The San Jose, CA shack includes an Elecraft K3, P3, KAT500 and KPA500, a 756Pro2, an IC-7100, an ANAN-10E, an Ameritron AL-811H,a SteppIR 3L with 30/40M beam up at 44 feet and an inverted vee for 160-80-40 meters. I'm now running lots of CW on 10, 15 and 20 meters. I'm a member of the Northern California DX Club, and I have achieved my Mixed, Phone, Digital, CW, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M and 10M DXCC Certificates, as well as the Diamond DXCC Challenge Award and the DXCC Challenge Award. I also enjoy ragchewing on SSB and the occassional PSK31 QSO.
 

K6MKF's Ham History

WN2JLQ

pix1 Back in late 1968 I got my Novice ticket in Poughkeepsie, NY, thanks in large part to my first Elmer, Dan Sullivan, WB2PED. Dan was a member of the Poughkeepsie Amateur Radio Club (PARC) and helped a lot of us wannabe hams to get licensed. He administered my Novice exam and after what seemed forever, I got my ticket and call - WN2JLQ. Here I am as WN2JLQ in my ham shack in Poughkeepsie. You can see the old Hammarlund SP-600-JX rack mount receiver. The power supply weighed a ton and was on the floor behind me. The transmitter to my right is a crystal controlled Eico 720 with a home-brew antenna tuner. My antenna was a long-wire run out through the bathroom window. From the old picture I can make out a Heathkit SWR meter ( which I still have) and a Q-Multiplier. The key was an old Lafayette Radio (Hi-Mounds) model in a black plastic case with a clear plastic top. Just a little peanut whistle rig, but I worked Scotland from New York, largely because the SP-600-JX was such a great receiver.  Update:  I just read in the May, 2017 QST that Dan Sullivan, WB2PED, became a Sllent Key on 3 FEB 2017.  Rest in peace, my old friend.

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KA3FJD

The early 1980's found me back in my hometown of Hagerstown, MD. My interest in ham radio again awakened and I sought out the local ham club - the Antietam Radio Association. Through the club I met Bill Drager, K3UMV, who was to become my second Elmer. Bill helped me re-license as a Novice and then helped me to upgrade to General. Here's a picture of me as KA3FJD up one of my two 40-foot towers installing two 8-element beams in a phased array on 2 meters. I had an 80 meter dipole between this and the back tower, and ran a Signal One RX-7 through a home-brew tuner. pix3I drove the 2 meter beams with an FT-107 H/T through an amplifier and worked virtually every repeater within 200 mile s. I even worked a lot of 2 meter RTTY using this rig and an old Western Electric Model 15 teletype. What a rattle-trap that was! Bill Drager, K3UMV, was a great elmer, and he was my first Novice and General contact as KA3FJD. I think it was in 1983 that I was elected President of the Antietam Radio Association, but moved to Washington, D.C. before I could complete my term. Hagerstown has an interesting connection to Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, Co-founder and for many years President of the ARRL and well-known to amateurs as "the old man". HPM married the daughter of Maryland's Gov. Hamilton, and when HPM died, he was buried in the Hamilton family plot in the Rose Hill cemetery on the south side of Hagerstown, MD. I have been fortunate enough to have acquired Hiram Percy Maxim's signature, which he signed and dated just about 5 months before his death in February, 1936. This sits in a frame at my operating position and is my personal link back to the beginnings of our hobby.

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KD3AN

Just before moving to Washington, D.C. I upgraded and was granted the call KD3AN. I held this call while I lived in Washington. While I lived in D.C., I was a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Amateur Radio Club. When I moved to California. I operated as KD3AN from Boulder Creek, CA for many years.

K6MKF

pix5 After 11 years in California I finally decided to cut my last ham radio ties to the East coast. Thanks to the FCC's Vanity Callsign program I now am K6MKF. pix6 Thanks to the support I've received from the members of the Northern California DX Club I've been able to achieve my various DX awards.

Thanks for checking out my QRZ.COM page. I hope to work you on the bands!!

Town Crest of Mönchberg, Germany - where the Kegreiss branch of our family goes back to 1574.

73_from_Mike_K6MKF

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United States Counties Award#3849
Granted: 2016-08-06 15:39:38   (K6MKF)

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DX World Award#233
Granted: 2015-01-22 18:07:51   (K6MKF)

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    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
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United States Award#176
Granted: 2015-01-22 18:07:50   (K6MKF)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
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Grid Squared Award#678
Granted: 2015-01-17 20:39:10   (K6MKF)

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    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
World Continents Award#722
Granted: 2015-01-17 19:45:31   (K6MKF)

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