Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio

More Than a Hobby

Amateur radio became the foundation of my professional career as an electronics engineer. I was first licensed as a novice in 1972 as WN9JPS, after taking classes with the McHenry County (Illinois) Amateur Radio Club. Within two years, I had my extra. In August 2014 I finally got my current vanity callsign, NA6O. Great for CW. Look me up on QRZ:


My station in Crystal Lake in 1979. That’s a Drake TR-4 with all the accessories. And a memory keyer that I built that was a perfect match. It was a great rig. Photo by Randy Dunning, KC5QHH.

These days, I operate via a very nice remote station, W6SRR, located high on a ridge top where we have a K3/KPA1500 and decent antennas. The DX if fantastic.

I’m a member of ARRL, RSGB, CWops, and the Northern California Contest Club... among other things.

Some photos taken at my remote station, W6SRR, co-owned by Ian, W6TCP:

These are some of the “keys to my success”. A Begali Sculpture, a 1963 Vibroplex Deluxe Original, a 1938 McElroy Deluxe, and my Cocobolo hand key.

Also see my Bugs page.

Regarding presentations, all of these are available in PowerPoint format upon request. I am also happy to present these via Zoom (or in-person to local clubs).