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I was originally licensed in Ohio in 1975 as WN8YVI. I upgraded to General class (WB8YVI), then Advanced class sometime in the early 80s (KC8ES) while in college at the University of Michigan, where I had a lot of fun operating W8UM in the ARRL Sweepstakes 1979-1982. I finally got around to taking my extra class exam in 2006 and applied for my current vanity call after that.

I'm active in ARES/RACES for my city (Mountain View) and county (Santa Clara), and I am a county MAC (Mutual Aid Communicator).

I also do a lot of contesting, mostly from my home shack, but occasionally guest operating. I won the Pacific Division SOHP/U (single-operator high power unlimited) plaque in the 2012 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes, operating from AD6Z's shack, which is my best result to date. I also occasionally chase DX, mostly on CW, and I achieved DXCC in 2011.

More info: visit my ham blog: http://km6i.blogspot.com/

Other random info:

Member, Northern California Contest Club.

Work: Software Engineer, VMware, Palo Alto, CA, US (http://vmware.com)

Former club officer, University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (W8UM).

Proud owner of my grandfather's Vibroplex bug (S/N 59192, ca 1917). George was a telegrapher for the Soo Line Railroad, and passed his vintage bug to me when I was a kid. Only now do I realize what a gem he handed to me that day.

In my shack:

  • Elecraft K3 Transceiver
  • Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier
  • Elecraft KAT500 Antenna Tuner
  • Antennas:
    • G5RV in inverted-vee configuration, apex at 60 feet
    • 43 ft wire vertical
    • Temporary 2 element triband wire yagi, raised for certain contests.


When not on the air, I ride my bike a lot. I'm frequently on my road bike, a 2013 Specialized Tarmac SL-4.


Tarmac SL-4 Road Bike

And here's me, as WN8YVI (or maybe WB8YVI by that point) operating my DX-60B/HG-10/HR-10B station. I'm probably 15-16 years old in this shot.


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