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Welcome to the NE6I Web Site

This first picture is me in 1972, building my first rig, a Heathkit HW-16. I'm building it on our pool table in the family room. My dad must have been crazy to let me build it there! Sheesh! See that lamp? I built that in high school wood shop. Even in wood shop, electrons were in my blood.

This next picture is my grandfather and I troubleshooting that darn thing. The receiver was fine but the transmitter output was less than Part 15 allows. In other words, a few milliwatts. If that! It took me months to figure it out, and only with the help of an Elmer in the Los Angeles area who corresponded back and forth with me via snail mail (there was no internet at the time). I was too green to figure it out myself. It turned out to be an open screen grid choke on the final amplifier tube. I'd put it too close to the chassis and it had shorted out upon initial turn on. Argh! While waiting to figure it out, I got anxious to get on the air and built a one tube (50C5 audio tube!) transmitter on a piece of wood from an article in Electronics Illustrated, March, 1968. It put out 15 watts and provided me endless joy. The article instructed us builders to wind the antenna coupling coils on plastic pill bottles. My grandfather provided me with these (empty prescription bottles). I think deep down, he wanted to be a ham too. :) The so-called Bare Essentials Transmitter article is sort of recreated at this web site.

Here I am enjoying my very first RTTY contest, the Tara Melee, December 7, 2013.

This is my station in the early 1980s. A mean machine hi hi. A Heathkit HW-101 and SB-220. The amp was purchased used from local DXer W6CRE (SK). An Alliance HD73 rotator controller is also visible. Note the DXCC award on the wall.

And this is my first yagi, a Wilson 3 element tribander at about 35 feet up. A healthy step up from my previous inverted vees. There is a 40m inv vee attached below it is and just barely visible here.

This is me at my station in San Diego. I ran the FTDX3000 until early 2020.

This is me at my station in San Diego today. I now run a Yaesu FTDX-101MP. A Veritium HFClock map is on the wall above the station.

  • Licensed 40+ years
  • Active DXer
  • Former President and current webmaster of SCCC

About Me

NE6I was first licensed in March, 1972 and is active today on the HF bands, chasing DX and working a few contests. 339 countries confirmed on DXCC and on the Honor Roll.

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