Born in Calif in 1951, I first became
interested in radio sitting on my grandfater’s knee listening
to shortwave in the 1950’s.
I have lived in So Cal most of my life, and became an officer
for the Los Angeles Police Dept in 1973.
In 1979, I thought it would be a better plan to move to
Oregon and be in a greener part of the country, and somewhere to
raise my three daughters. While there I learned that there is
not much to do during the 9 months of rain each year, and had
become frustrated with the garbage that was CB then. I had
thought about trying Amateur radio in 1978 while still in So.
Cal, but the wife at that time would not think about it, which
was the main reason for having the ham radio. But while in
Oregon, a local General class ham put on a Novice class at the
local high school. Several months later I got my first call (a
KA7---) but had no radio. Several months later a Heathkit HW-8
kit was in my hands, and the building began. With 3 watts and a
simple key I was on the air, QRP. I worked most of the US and
into Asia & Australia, earning my 1000 Miles per watt award,
working into Australia on 3 watts.
While in Oregon I upgrade to Tech, while attempting for more
HF bands, by missing the code. My next attempt upgraded to
General and Advanced that same day, and became KC7SF, King
Charlie 7 Super Fuzz, as I was also a cop in Oregon. HF has
always been my first love in Ham Radio, even though VHF-UHF has
been very useful.
In 1972 shortly after marrying my first wife, I bought my
first motorcycle, a Honda CB125. After 11,000 mile of surface
street riding on this somewhat underpowered bike, I moved up to
a CB360. This lasted until 1976 when I moved 50 miles from Los
Angeles, and needed a bigger commute motorcycle. I moved up to a
CB750K. That bike didn’t last very long for the long commutes
between Norco and Los Angeles, and I moved out of Calif in 1979
without a motorcycle.
When I was in the Honda showroom at the time I bought my 1976
CB750, there was a NEW Goldwing sitting right next to it. I
hemmed and hawed about the choice of which bike to buy. The
frugal side won out, and I took the CB750. I kicked myself for
years afterwards, as the Goldwing that I ALMOST bought was one
of the special edition models that each US dealership only got
one of. I understand those bikes now sell for more than they did
While in Oregon, the motorcycle bug bit again, and a new 1980
Honda CB750 was my new ride. Yes I rode in the rain, lots of
rain!! I drove to Portland to take a basic rider course,
finishing Sunday afternoon, and began my 200 mile ride home,
just as it started to rain. It didn’t let up all the way home.
In 1982 I returned to Calif, and in 1984 obtained my Extra
ticket, while holding off on the extra call for another year
before I became WD6L.
The 1980 CB750 lasted for a couple more years, until spinal
problems and eventual surgery in 1984 took me off my motorcycle.
I finally sold the bike, with great regret.
After returning to Calif and starting a long commute once
again averaging 2 hours per day, I became active on HF while
mobile. First it was a converted CB to 10 Meter SSB, which was
at the top of the solar cycle, and worked extremely well. I
eventually obtained a full power, all band mobile HF radio and
became more and more involved in HF mobile operation. While
making those long commutes I eventually worked over 200
countries mobile with 100 watts, and bands from 10 – 160
meters. I now have a desire to work HF mobile from the Goldwing.
In 2007 I retired from Los Angeles Police Dept with more than
30 yrs, with the last 18 yrs being a traffic collision
In 2003, after going through a divorce after 29 yrs, I got
the bug again for motorcycling. On Jan 3, 2003 I walked into the
Honda Dealer looking at the Goldwing, and drove home on my 2003
Red Goldwing/ABS. (After 18 yrs of accident investigation, there
was no way I was going to get a Goldwing WITHOUT ABS.) I have
since added 2/440 radio to the bike along with several other
additions to make “Big Red” my own special bike.
In 2004 I married my new wife Sandra (KB6IFU), and life has
never been better.
Bob – N6UK