WELCOME to W6SDO.com
My name is Bob I received my first call,
W7UAQ, in 1954 while attending high
school in Grants Pass, Oregon. My family
lived off the power grid on a ranch that was
homesteaded in the 1850’s by the local
newspaper publisher. In early times, the
stage coach route had passed through the
lower section of our land. We generated
our own electricity, grew our vegetables
and fruit, raised beef cattle and dammed
up creeks and springs to provide irrigation
water for the pasture land. I rode my horse
to school until I was in high school and old
enough to have my own car.
My antennas were strung between the tops
of the 140 foot tall old growth Ponderosa
pine trees that surrounded our home. My
first rig was a 6L6 crystal controlled
oscillator for CW. This was followed by a
Heathkit DX-100 and finally by a home
build rig using a pair of 304TL radar tubes
modulated by a pair of 304THs.
In college I got the opportunity to build and
operate a satellite tracking station for the
National Science Foundation to study and
characterize the ionosphere using the
Russian Sputniks as a signal source. After
college. I spent the next 50 years working
on high tech government and commercial
projects. These projects ranged from a 120
foot wingspan stealth drone (circa 1993)
that could carry a laser cannon and fly for
days at altitudes near 100,000 feet to the
first electric powered LaMans race car
I have had my own business for the past
25 years. My final project was designing,
development and testing of the pulsed
power energy system for the National
Ignition Facility (NIF). This technology has
already taken over 20 years to develop
and may eventually lead to the burning of
sea water to make clean "green" electricity.
I am now retired and living in the University
City area of San Diego with my wife Becky
and our dogs Lexie and Buddy. We have
three children, five grandchildren and three
My hobbies used to include wilderness
backpacking, dirt bikes, hang gliding and
ultralight flying but now days are limited to
ham radio, radio controlled model airplanes,
photography, riding my new Harley trike,
bicycling around the bay, bird watching,
camping, antenna design, gardening and
keeping this site, the CONVAIR/220
amateur radio club's site and the club's
Facebook page up to date.
Since my original ham license had expired
some 50 years ago, I recently studied up
and received the call KJ6RDU in
September of 2011. Since this call was a
bit of a tongue twister, I applied for my
present call sign W6SDO. I have acquired
some radio equipment, put together a basic
station, hung up a few antennas and joined
the Convair/220 amateur radio club. I mostly
like rag chewing along with occasional DX
and I especially like the congeniality of the
17 meter band.
My recent project to build a 100 watt all-
band bicycle mobile, that I can ride around
on the many bike paths that surround the
San Diego bay, nearby lakes and rivers,
has now been completed.
The next project on my list is to finish up
the installation of a high power mobile rig
in my Roadtrek camper van. I have
completed the majority of this project but
I am beginning to I believe that this task
may actually go on forever.
I’m looking forward to many enjoyable
years ahead in ham radio.
THANK YOU for stopping by to visit.
Feel free to browse around at your leisure.
The site is under continuous development
so please come back often to see the
latest changes and additions. Be sure to
check out my fun stuff page for a few
of the latest happenings.
You can e-mail your comments about
this web site to me at W6SDO@aol.com
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This page was last revised January 16, 2015
|A Typical Oregon Retirement Home.