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Thank you for stopping by my QRZ.com page. My Biography

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and licensed in 1957 as KN3CED. I received my General Class ticket in1958 and was active as K3CED until graduation from Engineering School in 1971.  I went to work as an Electrical Engineer and spent the next forty years with the four major aerospace companies; first in system design and then in management. I retired February 2011 from Boeing, Huntington Beach, CA.  It wasn't too long after retirement that I began to miss the technical side of life. In March of 2011 I was cleaning out my garage and found an old Heathkit HW-32A that I put together in 1966 and stored away in a box for the last 45 years. This discovery rejuvinated my interest in ham radio and gave me an outlet for my technical passion.

Since my license expired in 1974, I began a journey of studying for and passing the Tech, General and Extra class exams. I took my Extra class exam July 2011.

My new rig is a Yaesu FTdx 5000D  and a Quadra Linear Amplifier. I am using a G5RV wire antenna hidden away from the HOA in the trees off my patio.  My other radio interests revolve around restoring old gear. Brings back alot of memories.

As pictured below, I collect boatanchors. I have a Collins KWM-2A, a Collins 51S-1 general coverage receiver, a 75A-4 and a Round Emblem "S" line. The Collins gear is special to me since from the time I was first licensed I dreamed of owning some of it. In 1960 I hitch-hiked 15 miles to visit a ham who was lucky enough to own a KWM-2. The cost of a new KWM-2 was $1300 and by 1975 had escalated to $3500. That was the same price as a new 427 Corvette convertible and I couldn't afford either. I enjoyed pairing the Collins 75A-4 with a Johnson Viking Valiant as part of my AM station.  I operate on 40 meters 7293 KHz with the Southwest gang.

 

 

Lastly , I have dabbled a little in antenna work for UHF and VHF. Fun tracking the International Space Station and OSCAR. I have a 2 meter /440Mhz tape measure antenna that I made from a January QST article and use it with my handheld VX-8 DR and a Yaesu FT-897D.

When I am not "hamming it up" my wife Faye and I enjoy sports cars, sailing, and attending dog agility competitions with our English Springer Spaniel "Missy". We feel very fortunate to be able to retire here and enjoy the ocean breezes of Laguna Niguel. 73 W6TSJ

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Grid Squared Award#6372
Granted: 2015-03-29 01:10:03   (W6TSJ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#7618
Granted: 2015-03-29 01:10:02   (W6TSJ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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