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13 May 2013

I will be operating again as K4A in the 2014 AAW. Starts 0000 UTC 17 February through 2359 UTC 23 February 2014. CU then!

QSLs are via my normal K6EID instructions except that I only QSL upon receipt of your QSL!

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to the K6EID Home Page
   

K6EID is an amateur radio station located about 15 km. west of Marietta in Cobb County in the State of Georgia. The Maidenhead grid locator is EM73qw, if you want to be extremely precise, the shack is at EM73qw17ug37 .

I was first licensed in October 1957 as KN6EID with the Novice Class ticket. Over the years, I upgraded to Conditional Class (while I was in the U.S. Navy), General Class, Advanced Class, and finally Amateur Extra Class in 1984. I also held the FCC Second Class Radiotelephone License which was subsequently changed to a non-expiring General Radiotelephone License.

I started as an listener in 1953 in Burbank California. The first receiver was a Silvertone floor console which was the family's entertainment center before we had TV. When we got TV, my father relegated the radio to our bedroom. I had a paper route and one day I found an U.S. Air Corps cloth helmet with earphones in the gutter in front of a house. I was a Boy Scout so I figured I could tap the speaker leads to be able to use the headphones at night after I was supposed to be asleep. I didn't realize that in those days the speaker coil had B+ across it and I got shocked while setting the phones up. I listened to medium wave DX stations as I had no idea that the radio had shortwave bands. My father caught me listening one night and in a fit of anger slammed the big radio against the wall. The next time I tried the radio, I was transported to the wonderful world of shortwave (the slamming apparently changed the band for me). I started listening to exotic stations like Radio Australia, the Voice of Indonesia, Radio Hong Kong, and other mysterious places! I was hooked! My mother gave me an old WWII vintage Zenith table model radio that I was able to use like an almost real shortwave receiver. I bought a BC-453/ARC-5 LW receiver which I used as a Q5er. I had to rewire the filaments in parallel to use a 12VDC filament supply that was available from a 350VDC power supply that I constructed for the ARC-5. I drew off the 455 kc. IF from the Zenith and tuned the ARC-5 to 455 kc. and voila, I had a double conversion receiver (with its 85 kc. IF) which gave me vastly improved selectivity. Later I bought a Hallicrafters S-40B from Cunningham's Auto Shop in Toluca Lake (for $50 on time with my paper route earnings). Later I upgraded to a Hallicrtafters SX-71, a real nice radio. Here's a photo of my listening post with the Zenith, it almost looks like a startup ham station (BTW, I still have many of the old QSLs that were affixed to the walls in the photo):

I joined several radio clubs including the NNRC (Newark News Radio Club), URDXC (Universal Radio DX Club), JSWC (Japan Short Wave Club), the ADXC (Austrian DX Club), and the International Short Wave League (ISWL). Eventually I became the West Coast editor of the URDXC, a position I held until I ran away from home in late 1956 and hitchhiked to Odessa Texas where a kind family, the DeLoachs, put me up until I landed a job at Dub Appleton's Texaco service station.

I joined the US Navy in Odessa in March 1957. After boot camp, I was sent to FT "A" School in San Diego where I learned to maintain shipboard gunfire control devices including radar, mechanical computers, combat display systems, etc. After completion of the schooling in early 1958, I was assigned to a destroyer, the USS Picking (DD-685) , homeported in Long Beach California. I spent the remaining three years of my service time on this vessel. I am proud of my service and my time on her and I set up a website for the ship in the mid-1990s and keep it current today. I have included a link to that website for those who might be interested in Navy life fifty years ago.

My first HF setup was a Hallicrafters SX-71 receiver and a Johnson Ranger transmitter. I then lived in Burbank, California and was primarily on 10 meters then using an 8JK wire beam about 15 feet high. 

Later I bought a used Collins KWM-1 and built a Heathkit SB-200 linear amplifier. This was followed by the Collins S-Line (75S-3B receiver and 32S-3 transmitter). Next rig was the Drake TR-7A, followed by a Kenwood TS-940S and an Alpha 76PA linear amplifier.

In 1984, I bought a Yaesu FT-757-GX with the new switching power supply as soon as they were available in anticipation of an upcoming European trip. I bought this rig for mobile and portable operations. It worked fine in the States but I ran into a problem when I took it to Europe in 1984.  Before leaving I set it up for 220VAC input. 

The first night in a Spanish hotel, I fired up the rig and the room went dark! I called the desk and told them that the XYL had plugged her travel iron in and it popped the breaker. They came to the room and reset the breakers which were in a locked cabinet in a closet. I tried the radio again and the same result! I was furious and wrote a scathing complaint letter to Yaesu Long Beach on my problem.  

We proceeded to Algeciras Spain where we took the ferry to Tangier and then drove to Ceuta to visit Juan Rosales, EA9IE. When we arrived in Ceuta, we were walking down a street and I saw a TV store with a URE (Spanish ham society) banner in the window. We went in and he was another EA9. He had a new Yaesu transformer power supply which I promptly purchased. I was able to work K6EID/EA9 both from Juan's QTH and super FB station and from the hotel using the 757.  After a most enjoyable three day visit we returned to Algeciras by ferry from Ceuta. Here's a photo Juan and me at the old Portuguese fort in Ceuta: 

I also had a ZB2 license but the Spanish had closed the border so I was unable to operate there. Here I am in La Linea, as close as I was able to get to Gibraltar on this trip.

We stopped in Malaga and I operated there from a Parador as K6EID/EA7.  Next we headed to Andorra where I had the license C30LBP. 

We stayed at a nice hotel (Tartar) in Soldeu. I tried operating from the hotel but only made a few QSOs due to it being in a valley. We drove up to a mountain that had some microwave stuff and I was able to make a large number of QSOs from that location. Andorra was a neat place to visit and the XYL liked the shopping in Andorra la Vella, the capital city. 

From there we headed into France where I made a few QSOs as F0IQO. We visited Monaco but I was not able to get a license there as they forbade mobile operations. We then drove to Rome where the US Ambassador to the Vatican, Bill Wilson, was a ham from Los Angeles. I wrote him that we were visiting and would like to get a chance to See Pope John Paul II as he was the archbishop of Krakow and he always stayed in my mother's folks' family home town on his Polish visits. Bill set us up with a special group that was going to be addressed by the Pope. Alas it rained so it was moved into St. Peter's which was already mobbed. At least I got a couple of good photos of our soon-to-be sainted John Paul II. 

When we returned, I immediately took the 757 switching supply to Yaesu. When I walked in with it, the receptionist immediately said "you must be the guy we got the letter from Switzerland!" I corrected her that it was Spain. Any way they took the supply and sent to to Yaesu-Japan to be checked. About 3 months later, I got the supply back and it worked fine ever since. I assume they analyzed the failure and made some kind of mod to prevent this from happening. 

I also used to 757 on other trips to Europe. In 1988, I operated as K6EID/F, K6EID/HB0, K6EID/LX, K6EID/OE, K6EID/PA, and K6EID/DL. Here are photos of my /HB0 and /OE operating positions:

 

Our last trip with the trusty old 757 was in 1993 when we drove to Poland to visit family, then to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. I was able to get SO9EID, OK8EID, and HA/K6EID but was unable to set a Slovak license in time. In Poland we spent a week in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where my Mom's parents and brothers immigrated from in the early 20th century. My Mom was along with us and she spoke Polish otherwise we would heve been unable to communicate with relatives there.  I operated as SO9EID from one of cousin's backyards. Operated as OK8EID from the town of Breclav and HA/OK8EID from western Hungary.

 

I then got the Yaesu FT-1000MP transceiver and a JRC JST-245 transceiver (the latter primarily for 6 meter work). I added an ETO ex-medical diathermy amp which I used on 6 meters.  I later replaced the ETO with a Henry 2006A linear amplifier for 6 meters. My next rig was the Yaesu FT-2000D. Today, I have a Yaesu FTDX-5000D transceiver and the SPE 1K-FA linear amplifier which I bought in 2007 

About me: I'm 73 years old. I was born in Southern California. I now live with my XYL Marilyn near Marietta, Georgia. I have two grown children and six grandchildren who are an OM's blessing.

Visited with the Young Operators on the Air group in Tartu Estonia. Met some old friends and many new ones. The group had teams from several countries each operating a time slot at the two stations set up at the site. Above is Rolandas LY4Q, Janis YL3AD, and yours truly. Real nice to see the interest and the spirit of the young OMs and YLs on display at this event.

My radio shack with the SPE 1K-FA and FTDX-5000D and NRD-535

 

 
My equipment
   

HF Radios:           Yaesu FTDX-5000D

                               JRC NRD-535 receiver for SWLing 

                               Yaesu FT-857D for portable/mobile operation

                               Yaesu FT-817 for portable operation

HF Antennas:       KLM KT-34XA for 10-15-20M

                                Cushcraft XM-240 for 17-40M

                                M2 6M7 for 6M

                                Inverted Vee for 60M

                                Inverted Vee for 80M

                                Inverted Vee for 160M  

Linear Amp:         SPE 1K-FA 160-6M 1 kW with automatic tuner

Digital Interface: Tigertronics USB SignaLink

             

      

 
 

QSL INFO:

Direct to:

Phil Finkle

3353 Forest Creek Dr.

Marietta, GA 30064-2441

USA

or via the bureau

NO SO-CALLED E-QSLS PSE!!!

ARRL POSITION ON eQSLs:

"ARRL does not accept QSLs (for any award, including DXCC, WAS, VUCC and WAC) that have been transmitted to the recipient via electronic means for its awards."

I DO NOT ACCEPT OR SEND SO-CALLED E-QSLS!!!!

I DO USE ARRL'S LOG OF THE WORLD (LOTW) BUT, BEING A TRADITIONALIST, I STILL SEND AND COLLECT PAPER QSLs