Episode 233 – Ray Waldemar – WA6NVL
Ray Waldemar, WA6NVL, is an early adopter of electronic technologies that find their way into amateur radio including the first Apple 1 computer, first instances of repeaters, remote base stations, digital modes, D-Star, and now DMR. Active on HF, VHF, UHF, and Microwave, from SSB to satellites. Ray just likes it all for the technical challenges and the social connections he makes from almost 50 years in the amateur radio hobby. WA6NVL is my QSO Today.
Parkway Junior High, La Mesa Mentors:
First License: Age 15, 1970, Novice WN6NVL
Friend: Wayne Burdick, WA6HQH, now N6KR
Louis Rush, K6QXN – used to make loading coils for a novice triband dipole antenna
Can Home Solar Power and Ham Radio Coexist?, By Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP. QST magazine, April 2016. Pp 33-37
Ray is a certified expert: electromagnetic compatibility
Biggest challenge to amateur radio now: antenna restrictions, HOA, and CCR
Excited most by: Software defined radio and digital radio
Advice to new or returning hams: New technologies including video streaming over the air
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Heathkit SB-101 Transceiver
Kenwood TS-790 All mode VHF/UHF Transceiver
IMSAI 8080 Computer
Flex 6700 HF Transceiver