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Started Ham Radio in 1957 in Lubbock, Texas as W5YKU worked a lot of DX and built several rigs and antennas for myself and other Hams in the area. Didn't renew my license as I was in school and working full time.

Completed my BS, MS and Ph.D in physics and went to work at Collins Radio Company in 1969. Collins was ultimately purchased by Rockwell International and I worked for them for many years. After Rockwell I started working for and starting new companies, 5 companies in all.

I now have my license back. Fortunately W5YKU was available and I got it again as a vanity call. The Ham Radio world has changed so much it is like starting over completely. Fortunately most of my career was spent in telecommunications, computer systems and software so this new world fits together nicely for me.

I now have DXCC on 4 bands and am within 4 on the fifth. I have over 200 countries on Mixed and Phone and 150 on CW. Was able to make the 4th level on the W1AW 100 year contest with all states and all territories.I also have WPX Mixed and SSB.

My station consists of a Kenwood TS590S, an Ameritron 1306 Solid State Amplifier and MFJ 1500 Watt Auto Tuner. 

I just upgraded my Hex beam with ice supports and extra spreader supports to match the Tex-Hex systems I build. The Tex -Hex supports a secondary mast to allow an antenna to be mounted above the Hex. I am adding a multielement 6 meter yagi above my Hex. Many of the Tex-Hex users have VHf and UHF antennas above their Tex-Hex antennas

I am continuing to work on a 30 40 meter Hex with a small profile and full size elements. The hex design that resulted from this effort allowed me to build a (20 - 6 ) Classic Hex Design that fits in an attic. It is called the Phantom of the Attic by my friend Dick K6RAH. It has a 7 foot 9 inch turning radius.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W5YKU
Latest Contacts for W5YKU at QRZ.com
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OK8NM 2016-11-12 40m CW Czech Republic
J68GD 2016-11-11 17m SSB FK94mb St Lucia Gary G Dein
ZL7G 2016-10-30 12m CW JJ00aa Chatham Islands Six Gs Chatham Island DX-pedition 26 Oct-09 Nov 2016
6Y4V 2016-10-30 20m SSB JJ00aa Jamaica Steve Reichlyn
VP5DX 2016-10-30 20m SSB FL41cu Turks and Caicos Is qsl NU4Y QSL VIA NU4Y ONLY
ZD8W 2016-10-30 15m SSB II22tb Ascension Island Oliver Sweningsen
9Y4D 2016-10-30 20m SSB FK90gg Trinidad and Tobago CHRISTOPHER ELLIS
V26B 2016-10-30 20m SSB JJ00aa Antigua and Barbuda TEAM ANTIGUA
KP2M 2016-10-30 15m SSB FK77or US Virgin Islands Radio Reef DX'ers
KP2XX 2016-10-30 20m SSB FK78ni US Virgin Islands JAMES L LATHAM
ED8X 2016-10-29 40m SSB JJ00aa Canary Islands Contest Call
EF8R 2016-10-29 40m SSB IL28gc Canary Islands Juan J. Hidalgo
VP2EGR 2016-10-26 30m CW JJ00aa Anguilla Sigi Presch
OM3EY 2016-10-25 60m CW JN98dq Slovak Republic Eduard
ZF2AH 2016-10-24 30m CW EK99hh Cayman Islands Yagi

Book Totals: 3770 qso's   683 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#6849
Granted: 2015-03-13 18:05:03   (W5YKU)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#5728
Granted: 2015-03-13 18:05:02   (W5YKU)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#1397
Granted: 2015-03-13 14:40:03   (W5YKU)

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