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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. While in High School - I worked at Lafayette Radio Electronics in Newton. My summer job while in college was at Tymac Controls in Franklin, NJ and I soldered solid state tube replacement components for several Military and Government contracts - and from schematics. Brother Joe Tortoricci, WB2WNZ at Don Bosco College administered my Novice test. My high school buddy was Tom Moulton - W2VY - who invented the Rose packet networking protocol, and an elmer was Bob, W2LV - who installed the first tower on the Empire State Building. My family moved to Pleasanton, CA in 1979, and I worked at Ramtek Colorgraphic Terminals in Santa Clara for my summer (and winter break) job. I graduated from University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven in 1981 and spent a year at Kodak in Rochester, NY before joining my family for good in California.

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 335 / 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 - 86 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 where it won the Cover Plaque Award):

    and the entire January / February 2017 issue of DX Magazine was dedicated to VK0EK:

And we ended up on the cover of the ARRL's DXCC 2016 Yearbook:

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:

A KY6R three element phased array that is excellent on all bands 160 - 30M:

I also have a 2 element 20M homebrewed yagi up 40' and designed using YW:

Here is the shack:

A full K-Line is the core station and the KX3, KXPA100 and PX3 for my backup and portable station.

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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