WB6NRK in Tustin, California 1965
This was my station in late 1965. The Hallicrafters HT-40 gave way to a Hallicrafters HT-37 and got me on sideband. I was still using the Hallicrafters SX-115 for my receiver. You can also see a Gonset phone patch. The antenna was a Hy Gain 18HT Hi-Tower which is still being made in 2007. My interest was DXing and I worked DXCC - 100 countries in my first 12 months as a General with this setup.
WB6NRK in Tustin, California 1966
This was the station in late 1966. The Hallicrafters HT-37 gave way to a Swan 350. I was still using the Hallicrafters SX-115 for my receiver. The box in the middle of the desk is the homebrew 75 watt novice transmitter built and used by my dad who had just become WN6UDC. I still have this transmitter The antenna was a Hy Gain 18HT Hi-Tower and we also had put up a TA-33jr on a TV mast on the roof of the house.
In 1967- 1969, I was also a member of the Collins Radio Explorer Post which was based at the Collins Radio plant in Newport Beach, California. I remember we had a very nice S-Line station in a trailer provided to us and a Collins Log periodic antenna. That plant is still there as Connexant I believe there but a bit hard to see these days as it is now dwarfed by tall buildings. It is located across from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
I won the Signal One when I was 19 years old. It had been the grand prize at the Fresno DX Convention which is now the Visalia DX Convention in Visalia, California.
In 1979, some burglars broke into my house and
decided that they liked the CX-7A also and that was the last I ever
saw of it. My antenna was a 66 foot vertical which I used on 160, 80
and 40 meters. I wrote this antenna up as an article and it was
published in the April 1979 issue of QST . The title was "A Big
Signal from a Small Lot". It was recently published again in 1995 in
the ARRL publication, "Vertical Antenna Classics".
This was the setup that I had used for two and a half years while living in an apartment from 1995-1998. With this setup and a hidden 1/4 wave sloper for 80 meters I worked 235 countries and 40 zones with over 100 countries on 80, 40, 30 and 20 meters. For 2 meter packet, I had a rollup "J" attached to the wall on the balcony. No pictures yet of my present station.
A better shot and description of that station is shown below.
This station consisted of a Yaesu FT-900 driving a Heathkit SB-200 running about 400 watts. This was my main station. I also had two of my favorite boatanchors to listen to short wave with. They are a 1940 National NC-200 and matching speaker and an early Collins 51S-1 (serial# 5). Also shown is my packet station which consists of an old Kenwood TR-9000 with a Kantronics KAM and a Macintosh SE-30. The main computer is a Motorola Starmax Macintosh.
I wrote up the whole apartment antenna and
operating experience and you
read about on this web page.
N7RK in Phoenix, Arizona 2003
Here is a recent shot with some of my boatanchors.
Straight-Key Night December 31, 2004
N7RK in Phoenix, Arizona 2014
Here I am with my three dogs, Mindy an almost 16 year old Golden Retriever Mix, Peanut, a totally blind 10 year old Dachshund and CJ, a 5 year old pit bull. I am still chasing DX and still playing with boatanchors. Have been on the DXCC Honor Roll for many years now but still need North Korea to have them all!
The fellow who helped me get my first license was Shelley Trotter, W6BAM who has been licensed since 1926. Shelley became a silent key in 2001 at 97. Shelley was a CW only ham and the only microphones in his shack were for a tape recorder and the telephone.
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