Episode 421 – Art Bell – W6OBB (SK) RePrised


Art Bell, W6OBB, now a silent key, was my guest on Episode 85, in March of 2016 and the interview that follows is the remastered version.  Art was a very active ham from his QTH in Pahrump, Nevada, and his 160 meter Rhombic antennas were legendary.  He was also one of the most popular late night talk radio hosts for over 30 years, syndicated nationwide until his retirement in 2007.   I was a great fan of Art’s and like many of his fans truly miss him on the radio.


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Art Bell W6OBB Resources

First License: KN3JOX, Novice, 1959

Later upgrade:

Now Extra Class:
Also holds First Class Radiotelephone License with broadcast endorsement

First Rig: 
Heathkit AT1 Transmitter 
Heathkit DX 20 Transmitter
Heathkit DX 40 Transmitter
Heathkit Apache Transmitter

Current Rig: 
Yaesu FTDX9000 HF Transceiver
Icom IC-7800 Transceiver
Alpha 77DX  Power Amp


Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

KSBK Radio, Okinawa
Art’s Okinawa callsign: KR6BK
Henry Tempo 1 HF Transceiver was made by Yaesu as the FT-200
Pahrump Nevada – Art’s current hometown
Don Wallace, W6AM – 24 acre antenna farm in Southern California. 
John Lear – UFO’ologist
USAF Area 51

​Radio Stations Discussed

KNYE, Pahrump, Nevada
WAVZ Radio, New Haven, CT
XETRA-FM Radio – Tijuana, Mexico
. KENI Radio – Anchorage, Alaska – Art’s first talk show
KDWN Radio – Las Vegas Talk – 720 50,000 watts. 

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Heathkit AT-1 Novice Transmitter

Heathkit Apache Transmitter

Henry Tempo 1 HF Transmitter

Yaesu FTDX-9000 HF Transceiver

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