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I was first licensed as WN8DHY during the spring semester of my sophomore year of high school. The General class WB8DHY followed 4 months later.  During the remainder of my high school years, I was active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (then AREC) and earned a Public Service Award.  I handled CW traffic in the National Traffic System as an Official Relay Station and earned several Section Net Certificates.

Ham Radio led to my career choice of Electronic Engineering, and I was off to college.  After a road trip to the Detroit FCC Field Office, I earned the Advanced class license in 1974.  After several decades of living in California, I obtained the call KQ6RV in 1997.  Although I got on the air occasionally and operated Class 1D in several Field Days over the years, I was largely QRT until early 2008.

That’s when Sam, an RF Engineer at work, asked me about Amateur Radio licensing in America.  Sam was previously licensed in Europe.   After passing the Technician, General, and Extra Class exams in one sitting, Sam gave me the Extra study.  Sam also got a vanity call sign (KS3B).  Hence, I obtained both the Extra class license and the vanity call K6WSC in 2008.  Thanks Sam.

And that rekindled my interest in Ham Radio.  After another Class 1D Field Day, and operating in the 2008 IARU HF World Championships on a whim (Single-Op Mixed Low, San Diego Section, 1st Place), I got hooked on the Sport of Amateur Radio, Contesting.

My station consists of a Kenwood TS-590SG, a Kenwood TS-590S, microHAM micro2R SO2R controller, Navigator Interface, KIO Hex Beam, Alpha Delta DX-CC dipole, elevated Butternut HF2V vertical, K6MM "No-Excuses" 160m Vertical, and N1MM Logger+ contest logging software.

Contest Highlights:

  • 2012 ARRL DX CW    : SAL       : West Coast Region      : 1st Place
  • 2012 CQ WW CW      : SAL       : Zone 3                       : 2nd Place
  • 2013 ARRL DX CW    : SAL       : Southwestern Division : 1st Place
  • 2013 CQ WW CW      : SAL       : Zone 3                       : 3rd Place
  • 2014 ARRL DX CW    : SAL       : West Coast Region      : 2nd Place
  • 2014 CQ WW CW      : SAL       : Zone 3                       : 3rd Place
  • 2014 ARRL 10 Meter : SAL CW  : USA                           : 1st Place
  • 2015 ARRL DX CW    : SAL        : USA/Canada               : Top 10
  • 2015 IARU HF World : SAL CW  : USA/Canada               : Top 10
  • 2015 CQ WW CW      : SAL       : Zone 3                       : 3rd Place
  • 2015 ARRL 10 Meter : SAL CW  : USA/Canada               : Top 10 
  • 2016 ARRL DX CW    : SAL       : West Coast Region       : 1st Place
  • 2016 IARU HF World : SAL CW  : North America             : Top 10
  • 2016 CQ WW CW      : SAL       : Zone 3                        : 2nd Place
  • 2016 ARRL 10 Meter : SAL CW  : World                         : 4th Place
  • 2017 ARRL DX CW    : SAL       : West Coast Region       : 1st Place
  • 2017 7QP     : Single-County Expedition, Single-Op        : 1st Place
  • 2017 CQP     : California County Expedition, Single-Op    : 1st Place
  • 2017 IARU HF World : SAL CW  : North America             : Top 10

CW is the mode!

K6WSC

Antenna Farm

KIO Hex Beam - mounted on Penninger Radio aluminum

Alpha Delta DX-CC dipole - mounted on Max-Gain Systems fiberglass

Butternut HF2V elevated vertical with resonant radials

K6MM "No-Excuses" 160m Helically Wound Vertical

7th Call Area QSO Party 2017 : Single-County Expedition, Single-Op : 1st Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California QSO Party 2017 : California County Expedition, Single-Op : 1st Place

Field Day 2009, Escondido Amateur Radio Society (N6SD) at Dixon Lake

Circa a while back

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73, Bill K6WSC

 

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