Amateur Radio

 
 

Amateur radio became the foundation of my professional career as an electronics engineer. I was first licensed as a novice in 1972 as WN9JPS, after taking classes with the McHenry County (Illinois) Amateur Radio Club. Within two years, I had my extra. In August 2014 I finally got my current vanity callsign, NA6O. Great for CW. Look me up on QRZ: http://www.qrz.com/db/NA6O

More Than a Hobby

NA6O

My station in Crystal Lake in 1979. That’s a Drake TR-4 will all the accessories. It was a great rig. Photo by Randy Dunning, KC5QHH.

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These days, I run a Kenwood TS-590S with an Elecraft KPA-500 amplifier, and operate exclusively CW. Antennas are a big problem due to CC&R limitations. For 15-40m, I have my Pathetic Dipole, way up at 15 feet at the center and 7 feet at one end. Stealthy, and gloriously ineffective... For 20-10 m, I use a Cushcraft R6000 on a 10-ft. pole.


Is my station compact or what? It’s on a cart I built to hold test equipment. There’s barely room to sit there but it’s surprisingly comfortable because everything is exactly where it needs to be for CW operation.


I’m a member of SKCC, CWops, and the Northern California Contest Club.

Ex- WB9JPS

These are the “keys to my success”. A Begali Sculpture, a 1963 Vibroplex Deluxe Original, a 1938 McElroy Deluxe, and my Cocobolo hand key.


Also see my Bugs page.