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Also known as: Jerry.

The photo below is my operating position as of December 22, 2016. The equipment is a Elecraft K3S with the P3 panadapter,  and external speaker for the lower bands, and an Icom IC-2100 for 2 meters.  The two keys are an Begali iambic paddle and treasured J-38.  

The  power supply is an Astron RS-35M and West Mountain DC-to-Go with a Rig Runner 4007U and power gate PG40S with a 79 amp hour battery.  This is kept on a shelf under the desk.

The piece of pyrophyllite stone on top of my desk is a sculpture in progress.


The below photo, shows my hex beam by K4KIO on the 4 1/2 foot roof top tower by W8IO.   The wire seen in the photo is my CCD (capacitor coupled dipole) antenna by AI7R.  The height for the antennas is determined by height limits for our area.

The Pelican  case is used to house part of my “go box station”.  



This is a work in progress.  As time permits, I will provide better photos.  The Powerwerx meter monitors the voltage and current from a power source which is connected to the West Mountain RIGrunner 4005.  The Elecraft Kx-3 transceiver and Px-3 panadapter to be powered by the Bioenno battery or a Pro Audio Engineering PAE-Kx33 supply.  The Kx-3 can easily be removed from the box and run from the internal AA batteries. 


Below is a photo of my Begali Magnetic Traveler Light iambic Key for use with my "Go Box".  It is kept in the space at the upper right of the box.  

Camano Island is located about one half way between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is also about 40 miles east of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada. Camano Island is one of those special islands with no towns. To get to the mainland one doesn't need to use a ferry or a boat. One first crosses a small bridge to Lequi Island, then over another beautiful bridge to the mainland. Yes, just one road, on or off the island.

It is somewhat difficult to get a population count on the island.  There are weekenders, snowbirds, and islanders.  ... we are proud islanders.

The below photo, was taken from the window of my radio room/painting studio. That is the mainland seen in the distance.

Drive carefully, there are wild turkeys, deer, and other beautiful creatures that are likely to cross the roadway during any hour.


The two photos below were taken from our yard on 11 April, 2014.   Shown is one of a pair of whales which has just come to the surface.

The below photo was taken on the afternoon of April10, 2015 by my wife from outside of my small radio room.

The photo below was taken on the west side of Camano Island at sunset on May 15, 2014. That is Whidbey Island seen in the distance.


I was first licensed in 1960 as KN7KRB. My call W6RKE came during years of living in Pasadena, Ca. I came to Pasadena in 1963 to study electronics at Pasadena City College (PCC).  It was at PCC where I met professors who could clearly be considered my hero's. They cared about me when I needed guidance and roll models. To name just a few: A. Kenneth Johnson - W6FU, Sid Orloff, Larry Johannsen, Don Wilson - K6RKE, Raul Fajardo.

In the late 1960's, Sid Orloff was starting a television program on the campus of PCC which went on to become highly regarded in the industry. I was able to get my foot in the door to assist him in setting up a video studio.

This video program graduated many students who went on to excellent careers in the film and video industry. We lost track of the number of former students who received Emmy's and other forms of recognition.

The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) authorized our campus to have a student chapter for which, I was the faculty advisor for many years.

I am a Life Fellow in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a Life Member of the British Kinematography Sound and Television Society.

To "fast forward", I retired as a Professor in 2005. Health issues led my wife, our cat, and me to move to Camano Island, Washington.

A real push to get back into amateur radio came when a childhood friend, Charles, K7MTF, sold me his Collins 75S-1. This is the same receiver we enjoyed using in his parents garage in 1959. It is my plan to have the capacitors replaced and the receiver aligned.

When A. Kenneth Johnson - W6FU passed, it was far beyond an honor to receive his J-38 straight key. This was made possible through the kindness of Stan Coutant, AA6SC.  For me to have this J-38 is beyond special.

It seems to me that we often define "who we are" by "what we do". Now that I am retired, I cherish the thought that I am an artist.   I am a member of the NorthWestern Stone Sculptors Association, Camano Arts Association, and the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild.   In November 2017, I was the invited stone sculptor during Art's Alive in LaConner, WA.  

I am blessed with a patient wife and surrounded by the beauty of Camano Island. My medium is stone sculpting, and painting miniature landscapes and seascapes of the Pacific northwest. My art is able to be seen at: http://www.finnartcamano.com

Below is my alabaster sculpture, named Close Reach, which took a first place blue ribbon during the 2016 Art Aloft show at the Guilded Gallery in Stanwood, WA.   The second sculpture is chlorite, named Spirit of KIA, to took forst place in the 2017 Art Aloft show.  

At the bottom are  three examples of my little paintings. The first one was painted on a piece of mahogany, the second one is on a piece of distressed gesso board, the third one is on a piece of slate.  All of these paintings have been sold.  My inventory is quite low at this point.



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United States Counties Award#343
Granted: 2016-07-19 03:00:04   (W6RKE)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1326
Granted: 2015-07-13 20:45:02   (W6RKE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#684
Granted: 2015-02-07 18:15:02   (W6RKE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#236
Granted: 2015-01-15 02:29:14   (W6RKE)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#201
Granted: 2015-01-15 00:41:45   (W6RKE)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
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  • 20 Meters CW
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