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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
dedateband mode grid Country op
OA4CN 2017-09-16 20m SSB FH17mv Peru ERNESTO L. HIGUERAS
TG9IIN 2017-09-13 20m SSB EK44qo Guatemala Ilias N. Nikolaidis
LZ55UPB 2017-08-16 20m CW JJ00aa Bulgaria Bulgarian Club Blagovestnik
WG3J 2017-08-12 20m SSB EM19fa United States ERIC R HUDSON, SR
XE2I 2017-08-10 20m CW DL81tm Mexico ( Op, FIX in CW ) J. FELIX NUNEZ ENCISO
KA1KSQ 2017-08-09 20m SSB FN43sr United States Bob Parsons
SV9CVY 2017-08-09 20m SSB KM25ka Crete Michael
VP6EU 2017-02-23 10m SSB CG44ww Pitcairn Islands Pitcairn Islands DXpedition 2017
S01WS 2017-02-22 40m SSB IL46rd Western Sahara Steve
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

Book Totals: 3779 qso's   700 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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