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Bill Brown
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KA6KBC Ham Since 1979
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None - Kept my Novice Call.

My Ham Radio Interests
I currently live in Yorba Linda, Ca. I was born in Fontana, Ca. My Dad WB6CGN (SK) was a HAM and got me started in Electronics/Radio/SWL, when I was in 5th Grade with SWL and a Crytal Set.

I got my Ticket at Fontana High School (WB6HJJ) 1980 - From Lou Malory WA6DVK. In 1981 I upgraded to Advanced. During College I got out of the hobby then got back into it about 20 years later (started up again in late 2005).

After High School I studied Electronics/General Ed at Chaffey College then went on to get a BS Degree in Electronics from Cal Poly Pomona. I also earned my FCC General Radio Operators License (GROL) after completing my studies. While at Chaffey College, Alta Loma, CA - I was a member of the very inactive Electronics Club Station - WA6EKN. Sorry to say the College does not even have an Electronics Program any more. Was a member of the Cal Poly Pomona Radio Club - WA6GYI. Sorry to say that the Club station now seems to be Inactive.

I have worked as an Electrical Engineer for almost 20 years. I spent a few years in AeroSpace (Rockwell), but most of my time has been in consumer electronics (Hand held Remote controls - Check out we have done some neat products).

These days I'm into Homebrewing and QRP.


Kenwood TS 520S
Kenwood TS 520

Realistic DX-150A - General Coverage Receiver
2 Meter HT
Heathkit HW7
40 Meter Pixie Transceiver

MFJ 941B - Antenna Tuner
MFJ 949D - Antenna Tuner

So far on 40/20 Meters SSB and 40 Meters CW.


My wife and the local area don't like towers and "unsightly" antennas. I have three antennas up today.

a.) 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m Stealth Dipole on my backyard fence about 10 Feet high.

b.) 40m Stealth Dipole on the eave on my house about 20 feet high.

c.) 2M Ground plane inside the garage

d.) 40m Homebrew Tak-antenna or Tak-tenna (See or

Other Interests
Playing Guitar, Current Events, Computers, and Church.

Eagle Scout '79 Troop 512 - Fontana, Ca.

Holcomb Valley Scout Camp - Big Bear Ca - Staff 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88.

WB6HJJ - Fontana High School Radio Club - Former Member

WA6EKN - Chaffey College Radio Club - Former Member

WA6GYI - Cal Poly Pomona Radio Club - Former Member

Baofeng UV-3R HT


1/17/2012 8:45:42 AM (3 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

Hey All,

Anyone know much about these ?

Bill - 73's - KA6KBC

Read the 3 comments after the break below.


by AK4OR 2/1/2012 6:43:57 AM

I have one of these not bad for the price if you get the right software and usb driver for it.

the external mic hangs up but for around $50.00 not to bad of A deal. mine came with A charger and 2 batteries.


by KA6KBC 2/2/2012 7:11:52 PM

Looks very interesting - Have read there are some 2nd Harmonic issues, but fixable.

Some great info @:

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

by AK4OR 2/2/2012 7:57:38 PM

you can lock it via the software not to transmit out of band 144.00 - 148.00 430.00 - 450.00 mhz

other than that you can transmit 136.00-174.00 400.00- 470.00 I lock Mine in the legal limit so I can transmit out of band by mistake.

There Is Mods To stop the harmonic issue's but the software version 1.10 seems to stop that.

Its a great rig for the price

It has A built in flashlight is neat the built in panic alarm is annoying if you hit it by mistake.


Joe Ak4OR

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