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I started out in 1971 building my first Heathkit Shortwave receiver (SW-717) when I was 11 years old (in Newton, NJ), and received my WN2QHN novice license on my 13th birthday. I was inactive from 1977 - 2001, and then got into DX-ing at the end of July 2001. 

DX Accomplishments (100% from my own back yard):

  • I have 337 / 342 confirmed DXCC Entities - so 2 away from Honor Roll #1 (need Bouvet and Glorioso)
  • DXCC Honor Roll in 11 years (2001 - 2012). First 300 with 200 watts or less and wire
  • DXCC 8BDXCC in 3 years
  • 160M DXCC - 84 entities, my most memorable QSO ever was VK0EK on Top Band
  • Co-organizer of the 2016 VK0EK Heard Island DX-pedition (featured in the October 2016 QST):

DX Goals:

  1. Complete Top of the Honor Roll with Bouvet and Glorioso. Its seems that Glorioso will be my last . . 
  2. Complete 160M DXCC (and 9BDXCC)
  3. Live on the low bands - where the best challenge and fun can be found

I continue to have the most fun experimenting with antennas, and have tried many along the way. Right now I am concentrating on the low bands - 160 - 30M. Here is my 40M phased vertical array:

I have a very interesting bastardized Inverted L that is a great DX antenna on 160 - 20M with 96 buried radials:

For 160M receive, I created an unterminated K6SE Flag with the bottom wire on the ground and phased through an NCC-2:

Notice the two feedpoints - with the NCC-2, this solution really makes the NCC-2 sing:

When I combine my TX and RX antennas in diversity mode on the K3, its superb. Before 3Y0Z comes on the air - I will put up a Moxon for 20M on a push up mast ("back yard field day" style) and up 50'.

Here is the shack:

The K3 (upgraded with new synth and a new sub RX) and ACOM 1500 make up the core station.  I use Astron Linear power supplies and a Palstar AT2K when needed. 

I have a blog about ham radio, cycling and art at http://ky6r.wordpress.com I have presented at Pacificon for more than 10 years - and some of my past presentations are posted on the East Bay Amateur Radio Club's web site:


The VK0EK blog that I ran is here:


I graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, moved to California and became Oracle's 127th employee - Gupta Technologies (SQLBase and SQLWindows) employee #30 and PeopleSoft's 400-something employee, and have worked in the database field for 35 years. My LinkedIn profile is here:




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