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(From January 7 to April 26, 2017, Dave will be located in Discovery Harbour (Na'alehu), Hawaii, U.S.A. in grid square BK29EA as K6WDE/KH6. Aloha and Mahalo from the Big Island!) 
Click here if we had a contact from my Big Island, Hawaii QTH recently!
10-10 Net: #77164
2 meter Bozo Net: #557
(3/19/17) I am 'attempting' CW after taking the level 1 CW Academy class, so apologies if I flub our QSO. Please be patient with me!
K6WDE, (William D.) "Dave" is an Extra class ham. I earned my Technician Class in May 2011. Thanks to Gordon West and the Central Mountain ECS group in the Lake Arrowhead, Ca. area, I read the book, attended the weekend class and passed with flying colors as KJ6OXF! I earned my General license in September and went with a vanity call sign. In June 2012, I earned my Extra ticket.
I have the best of both worlds, my wife and I live part time (summer-ish) in Running Springs, CA. and in Discovery Harbour (winter-ish), on the Big Island of Hawaii.
My tiny shack (in my daughter's room, eventually . . . mine) has Yaesu, Kenwood and Baofung HTs, an Elecraft KX3/KXPA100/PX3 for QRP/low power and a brand new, Icom IC-7300 for mobile and base station use. Going portable and QRP with the KX3 means that the antenna is everything! In the near future, I hope to do some SOTA activities on local peaks in SoCal and on Hawaii.
In Running Springs, I run a Maple Leaf Studio 40-6 meter OCF Dipole/Windom or a 80-40 meter 110' doublet with a Balun Designs 4:1 balun. They are oriented in different compass directions.
While in Hawaii, I was condo-antenna "challenged" but no more, time to explore some wire options. I  use a homebrew 135' 40 meter horizontal skywire delta loop and an 80-6 meter inverted V ladder-line fed doublet. For portable use, I use a Packtenna EFHW or an EARCHI 30' wire EF random wire with a Jackite 10 meter pole, an AlexLoop (mag loop) or a SuperAntenna SP-1 to reach out! All have their strengths and weaknesses in a variety of conditions.
I am on PSK-31 (with Fldigi), JT9/JT65 and WSPR (with WSJT-X), D-STAR (via my DV Dongle), UHF DMR and Raspberry PI applications to amateur radio.
 I am dual platform, both Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. I prefer the Mac though.
In 2012, I retired from teaching math in the public school system. I taught for 18 wonderful years in 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades focusing on math and science. Prior to that I was an Aerospace Engineer (17 years) with a company called TRW. My tech background is definitely being challenged in retirement.
Mahalo and 73,

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K6WDE
Latest Contacts for K6WDE at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W5WZ 2017-03-18 20m SSB EM32tl United States Scott H Dickson
N5LCC 2017-03-18 20m SSB EM32tl United States Louisiana Contest Club
VK2VCC 2017-01-20 40m JT65A QF56SR57 Australia Marty Gibson
WD0GUT 2017-01-20 40m JT65A EM28tp United States LEO E MORAVEC JR
W6DLF 2017-01-20 40m JT65A CM87xi United States DAVID L FLACK
W7MLH 2017-01-20 40m JT65A CN84lu United States MICHAEL L HALES
AI1K 2017-01-09 80m JT65A DM34RS79 United States JOHN A SZELKA JR
CE7VPQ 2017-01-04 20m SSB FE36fu Chile Javier Capdebilla Alvarado
N6BIS 2016-12-31 40m SSB CM87vl United States Patricia F Winter
N0CSM 2016-12-31 40m SSB FM18it United States CRAIG S MCVEAY
WK5T 2016-12-31 20m SSB DM62br United States San Lorenzo Contest Club
K7ZOO 2016-12-31 40m SSB DM42mf United States CURT W LAUMANN
KQ6QB 2016-12-31 40m SSB CM87xh United States PETER J SLOCUM
KG6LHW 2016-12-31 20m SSB CN70xu United States Anthony F Wiese

Book Totals: 3282 qso's   666 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#532
Granted: 2016-07-19 07:37:08   (K6WDE)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#12553
Granted: 2016-04-10 16:30:02   (K6WDE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6522
Granted: 2015-04-01 23:42:23   (K6WDE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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