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Native born San Diegan at the old Naval Hospital and spent first eight years in National City before moving to Florida for a couple years.

Been licensed since 1963. I have enjoyed both rag chewing and DX'ing, most of all I enjoy meeting other radio hams and sharing experiences. I am an EX US Navy radioman. I am retired from the Domestic Water Industry after 38 years as a Water Treatment Supervisor.

I look forward to spending my retirement years working the world on all the bands and modes!

Age is 69 & married to same wonderful lady for past 48 years. We were blessed with a Daughter and Son who have provided us with 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.

I mainly work HF Bands where I use a 8 element log at 20 meters along with a couple verticals in the monopole configuation for 80 & 160. I mainly work SSB although I have and can do CW along with several digital modes. My main radio is a IC-7600 and TL922A amp. 

I became interested in the science of electronics when I was a young man say around 10 years old. I was in the cub scouts and living down in Greencove Springs, Florida. We went on a field trip to a commerical radio station up in Orange County, Florida called WAPE had a cool Ape Yell when they identified. I was really impressed when the tour guide took us back near the 50 KW transmitter and took us out to the pond where they were using the water in the pond to cool the transmitter, Wow! I wanted to get somehow involved in electronics. We built a crystal set using a old piece of pencil lead and a rusty razor blade for the diode and some wire wound on a toilet paper roll. I could hear that radio station about 30 miles away very clearly on that rusty razor blade radio. I was sold! My dad was in the Navy and we lived on the Naval Station where I discovered a "shortwave radio" in the Naval Exchange I of course asked for the radio for Christmas but somehow I never got my wish across to my parents for the exact radio I wanted and ended up with a 5 tube superhet AM radio instead. I was somewhat disappointed but I made the best of it by ripping it out of the case and playing with the tuner section until I could pick stuff up on it in the 160 meter band. I listened but didn't understand what I was hearing and couldn't find anybody to explain it to me.

About 4 years passed and my dad had retired and we moved back to our home in National City, California and I was attending Junior High School where I got into Electric Shop in the 7th grade and then in the 8th grade Electronics Shop where I built my first two transistor radio. I was listening to it one evening and heard a ham across the canyon from us WA6JSK John Speck and this was my actual first experience into listening to a ham radio operator only could hear his transmissions but it was really cool. I told one of my school chums about it Richard Thompson WB6CAZ who said sure that was a ham radio operator and he had a ham radio license himself and wanted to know if I wanted to view his setup. Of course after school I jetted right over to his house where he became engaged with a station on CW and that was the first time I learned that in order to get into this ham hobby I needed to learn code. I had a old Boy Scout record on the code so I listened and listened until I had it down good enough to get my Novice license. Richard my ham buddy introduced me to another ham friend who gave him his test for Novice named Bill K6TFT well Bill was glad to administer the test to me when I got my Novice License as WN6FWS. That was fifty one years ago! I have had a wonderful life with amateur radio and would highly recommend it to any person at any age but the earlier the better so you will always have a great hobby and meet a lot of wonderful people throughout your life and who knows where it might take you into the future.

I started hamming it up in the house with my folks and the CW sounds (around 800 HZ) drove my poor mother up the wall. She assigned my dad to build me a real "ham shack" out in the back yard. (ABOVE PICTURE)

This was my setup in my ham shack after a few adjustments over the years. The amp on the left is a home brew 811A's four of them 80 through 15 I tried to get it to work on 10 but plate capacity was too much with four tubes, should of tied plates together like the Collins 30L1! Then my HX-10 along with my very unstable SX-110. All this equipment I still have.

Oh another item I should mention about my setup living with my folks when operating my linear on CW my dad would comment on how he could hear the pipes buzzing when I operated. The house had a combination of zinc galvanized pipe along with copper pipe made a great diode in the presents of 800 Watts!

At this point I should mention a few of my Elmers that have allowed me to grow to what I am today (good or bad) First off I should mention Padre Bible WA6BDW who I met in the National City Civil Defense Radio Station WA6UUO a wonderful person I miss him very much but I will never forget his dedication to ham radio I think he belonged to about every radio club in the San Diego Area. He was the individual who gave me my Technician test so I was sure of passing the theory for when I took that general.

Another formable person in my life is Tom Nielssen ex WA6PIB now W6HZ we were neighbors and he introduced himself to me because my first transmitter was homebrew built out of handbook and it was a cathode keyed transmitter several hundred volts across keying terminals also I guess it clicked a bit so he helped me to convert it to block grid keying and provide a little quiter 40 ham band for him! Tom became my life long elmer and I learned a lot from that gentleman he was pretty much a cw kind of guy. He also likes to homebrew his equipment and is a RF Engineer by design. He has been very inactive in the past few years and now spends a considerable amount of his time down in Mexico.

I went into the Navy in 1967 and spent my entire Naval Days on the West Coast or in parts of Asia aka Viet Nam. I listened on the ham bands when I was overseas but never could get permission to transmit but time was limited with port and starboard watches. When we were here on the West Coast I did get a chance to do some hamming at K6NCJ Naval Air Station Alameda when our ship was tied up there. I loved operating that Collins equipment I remembered one evening on 15 meters getting into a HUGH pile of JA's I could'nt work them fast enough! (PICTURE BELOW)

In the late 70's I had my station setup out in my garage with a cornered off area making for rather tight operating conditions but it suited my needs at the time. I finally had made a purchase of my TS-820S and it really made a difference in my ability to hear those weak ones not to mention everybody commented on how great my audio was with that outstanding Kenwood punchie audio. I drove my 4 - 811A's and was using TH3MK3 Thunderbird Antenna at 48 feet. (PICTURED BELOW)

The bottom picture is a current picture of my shack as it is today I have my computer and monitor and printer to the right

of what is shown.


I do a lot of this daily playing ball with my little "Champ" he is blind but enjoys time with Daddy!



I thought I would put up the picture of my tower and antennas the T8 Log from Tennadyne makes a great capacity cap for my folded monopole for 160 and 80 meters.PICTURE BELOW

The picture to the right of the tower is what you see down on the ground making the situation as aesthetically pleasing as possible for the war department! You can see she gets to put plants around the base along with hanging a few on the tower.

Also decided to add a picture of my low noise loop antenna which helps especially on the low bands.


Also thought I would include a picture of my tuner for the folded monopole called an Omega Match also I have a halfwave 40 meter vertical with the capacitor and coil to the right it connects to the closest vertical wire in the picture. PICTURED BELOW

Thanks for looking me up and hope to talk with you soon. 73 Danny

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