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K6QXZ - Michael D. Frederick


K6QXZ
Michael D. Frederick
Extra Class
K6QXZ
Ham Since 2014
United States

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My Ham Radio Interests
When I was a young boy, growing up in a farming community in Northern Illinois, a friend of my father's introduced me to ham radio. My father, picking up on my budding interest, helped me build a few crystal sets followed by a 'Knight Space Spanner' receiver. Around 1959 I entered a contest sponsored by 'CQ Amateur Radio Magazine' spending hours & hours logging in stations from all over the world and won! Not first place, but third place that was as good as gold to me. (My prize was a year's subscription to 'CQ'.)

I then became a little older and in the summer of 1961 I saw Federico Fellini's seminal film 'La Dolce Vita' which was an earthquake to my mid-west very limited sensibilities. I soon discovered the 'magic of women with accents' and their feminine spirit...a different kind of "electrical connection". I headed into parts unknown traveling the world, living a decade in England & Europe going to school, and letting go of ham radio almost forever or at least until now.
Full circle...

Now I have my Extra License and am thrilled to be on the air with some great refurbished vintage equipment. After a few years of practical learning "peaking the grid & dipping the plate" on these wonderful vintage rigs, I plan to sell all of it and buy a complete 'Elecraft K3S set-up' or whatever their latest version is. I love the boatanchors with the warm glow of the tubes and their hands on feel, however I'm not a "museum keeper" and figure one has to explore experiencing all worlds...


Equipment
Yaesu FT-101ZD MK3
Yaesu FT-902DM
Drake T-4XB
Drake R-4B
Drake T-4XC
Drake R-4C
Collins R-390A
Hallicrafters SX-100
Hallicrafters SX-28A
Icom IC-910H (UHF - VHF)
Clipperton-L Linear Amplifier
Palstar AT2K 2000W Antenna Tuner
Plus an assortment of antennas, speakers, power supplies, & stuff.

Other Interests
I earn my living for over 40 years by teaching the Alexander Technique to actors in Los Angeles.

The Alexander Technique is the "best kept secret in the Performing Art's World".
It is taught at the Juilliard School in NYC and the Royal College of Music in London, and at major Universities in the U.S. and in Europe. However, the Alexander Technique is not limited solely to the performing arts, it is also taught to the Israeli Air Force and Special Forces in Israel.

This work is 'a learning method' that can teach you to do what ever you do a little bit easier by creating more focus and physical balance. This occurs when you learn how to let go of bad habits of movement that create unnecessary stress, tension, and a lot of downward pressure in our bodies. Poor posture leads to bad backs...

A lot of Ham Operators have bad backs from sitting in front of their rigs over an extend period of time "rag chewing". I keep seeing photos on various Ham internet sites of "Hams in their younger days" where they look fit and slim and then this is juxtaposed with a present day photos. It is easy to see that this sedentary "lifestyle hobby" is not necessarily good for having a healthy back.
However, it is possible to "teach an old dog new tricks". We can all learn how to improve our posture and create a healthy lifestyle while talking on the airwaves.

Please see: www.alexandertechniqueworkshops.com and my personal website: www.michaeldfrederick.com

Clubs
The local Ojai, California Ham Radio Club.

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Callsign K6QXZ
Name Michael D. Frederick
Country United States
License Class Extra
Been a Ham Since 2014
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My Ham Radio Interests
When I was a young boy, growing up in a farming community in Northern Illinois, a friend of my father's introduced me to ham radio. My father, picking up on my budding interest, helped me build a few crystal sets followed by a 'Knight Space Spanner' receiver. Around 1959 I entered a contest sponsored by 'CQ Amateur Radio Magazine' spending hours & hours logging in stations from all over the world and won! Not first place, but third place that was as good as gold to me. (My prize was a year's subscription to 'CQ'.)

I then became a little older and in the summer of 1961 I saw Federico Fellini's seminal film 'La Dolce Vita' which was an earthquake to my mid-west very limited sensibilities. I soon discovered the 'magic of women with accents' and their feminine spirit...a different kind of "electrical connection". I headed into parts unknown traveling the world, living a decade in England & Europe going to school, and letting go of ham radio almost forever or at least until now.
Full circle...

Now I have my Extra License and am thrilled to be on the air with some great refurbished vintage equipment. After a few years of practical learning "peaking the grid & dipping the plate" on these wonderful vintage rigs, I plan to sell all of it and buy a complete 'Elecraft K3S set-up' or whatever their latest version is. I love the boatanchors with the warm glow of the tubes and their hands on feel, however I'm not a "museum keeper" and figure one has to explore experiencing all worlds...



My Equipment
Yaesu FT-101ZD MK3
Yaesu FT-902DM
Drake T-4XB
Drake R-4B
Drake T-4XC
Drake R-4C
Collins R-390A
Hallicrafters SX-100
Hallicrafters SX-28A
Icom IC-910H (UHF - VHF)
Clipperton-L Linear Amplifier
Palstar AT2K 2000W Antenna Tuner
Plus an assortment of antennas, speakers, power supplies, & stuff.

Other Interests
I earn my living for over 40 years by teaching the Alexander Technique to actors in Los Angeles.

The Alexander Technique is the "best kept secret in the Performing Art's World".
It is taught at the Juilliard School in NYC and the Royal College of Music in London, and at major Universities in the U.S. and in Europe. However, the Alexander Technique is not limited solely to the performing arts, it is also taught to the Israeli Air Force and Special Forces in Israel.

This work is 'a learning method' that can teach you to do what ever you do a little bit easier by creating more focus and physical balance. This occurs when you learn how to let go of bad habits of movement that create unnecessary stress, tension, and a lot of downward pressure in our bodies. Poor posture leads to bad backs...

A lot of Ham Operators have bad backs from sitting in front of their rigs over an extend period of time "rag chewing". I keep seeing photos on various Ham internet sites of "Hams in their younger days" where they look fit and slim and then this is juxtaposed with a present day photos. It is easy to see that this sedentary "lifestyle hobby" is not necessarily good for having a healthy back.
However, it is possible to "teach an old dog new tricks". We can all learn how to improve our posture and create a healthy lifestyle while talking on the airwaves.

Please see: www.alexandertechniqueworkshops.com and my personal website: www.michaeldfrederick.com

My Radio Clubs
The local Ojai, California Ham Radio Club.

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