Episode 264 – Gordon West – WB6noa

Gordon West, “Gordo”, WB6NOA, may be one of ham radio’s most well known ambassadors and promoters of our amateur radio hobby today.  Through his books and courses over the years, Gordo, has licensed thousands of individuals to become amateur radio operators. Gordo says that this is the first time that he has told his ham radio story from the beginning, in this episode of QSO Today.

WB6NOA Links:  

Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA

First License:  WV6TWJ, Novice, 1960

Upgrade: Technician, 1962
First receiver: Hallicrafters S38E receiver

Current Rig: 
Kenwood TS-990 HF Transceiver

Education: Chapman College, Orange, CA.  Business


  • XYL: Suzy, N6GLF
  • Robert “Bob”  Miller, Senior VP Merchandising, Radio Shack (Tandy Corporation) who asked Gordo to make a ham radio book
  • Owen Garriott, W5LFL, NASA

CB Radio, CLASS A 462.00 Mhz
Vocaline JRC-400 UHF Radio 
Citizens Band 27 Mhz opened in 1955. 
Parents vessel: Monsoon. 
BFO – Beat frequency oscillator
Binrad Marine Electronics, Long Beach – reference?
6 meter band AM
Poly-Comm 6 meter transceiver
Henry Radio, Anaheim 
US Army, Chaplins Assistant
US Army Special Services
ARMY MARS White Sands, NM
1969 Transpac Yacht Race, LA to Honolulu
Karr Marconi Marine HF Radio
Spinnaker Pole
LORAN Beacon
Marine VHF Radio FM, 156 Mhz
Standard Radio Corp – one of the first marine radio communications. 
Henry Radio Tempo 1 HF transceiver
Standard Radio SRC146A
73 Magazine
Popular Electronics Magazine
Nuts and Volts Magazine
SideBand Engineers – SBE HF radios
1976 Chevy Malibu Wagon – black
CB Radio now 40 Channels
Pace Electronics CB Radio 
SBE “Sidebander VI” 40 Channel AM-SSB with Keyboard 
Master Publishing, Inc. publisher of Gordo’s books. 
GROL License
Electronic Communication, by Robert L.Shrader
Radio Operators License Q&A Manual, by Milton Kaufman
Radio Club of America, Fellow
QCWA – Quarter Century Wireless Association
Inductive Loop Audio System Headphones – inductive loop
WB6NOA Blazing Pickle
WB6NOA RoadTrek Communications Van, 1976 
RTCM – Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
10 GHz X Band
Down East Microwave, Florida
Teac X200R Reel to Reel 
MT63 digital communications
Coast Guard Auxiliary
WB6NOA 40 meter net every weekday morning
Solar Cycle 25
Ham Nation on TWIT network
Swan Cubic ST3 antenna tuner
FCC Part 15
Marajauna Grow Lights – if you have an interference problem, suggest to the growers that they have a unique “RF signature” that police use to find growers.  Suggest using them during the late evening and early morning hours to avoid detection. 
Dayton Hara Arena Tornado
FT-8 digital mode
DMR -digital mobile radio
WinLink service
Icom IC 9100 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now:  
New technologies that are not ham radio that lure kids away from ham radio

Excited most by: Listening to ham radio operators doing different things such as:
Amateur radio television ATV
Digital amateur television DATV
Dayton Hamvention
Bridgecom Systems
Advice to new or returning hams: Get on two meter FM (or UHF), meet local hams and join a club
San Bernardino Microwave Society
ARRL radio club page 
ARRL repeater directory
Sub-audible tone, CTCSS, PL

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Hallicrafters S-38E GC receiver
WB6NOA 1976 Chevy Malibu Wagon
WB6NOA Communications Van
Kenwood TS-990 HF Transceiver

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