Our Stories
Bill Weinhardt W9PPG
Dale Bredon W6BGK 
Bob McDonald W4DYF
Charlie Curle AD4F
Jim Franklin K4TMJ 
Elmer Harger N7EL
Byron Engen W4EBA
Hank Greeb N8XX
Gene Gertler, AD2I
Richard Schachter W6HII
Dick Bender W3SYY
Tom Webb W4YOK 
Ron D' Eau Claire AC7AC
Ron Baker WA6AZN
Sam Whitley K5SW 
Gary Borri K9DBR
Steve Jensen W6RHM
Jim Leighty W6UJX
Dan Girand W5ARB
Dan Bathker K6BLG
Bill Bell KN2CZZ 
George Marko K2DWL  
Kenny Cassidy WN2WNC
Rick Faust N2RF
Fred Jensen K6DGW
Alvin Burgland W6WJ
Paul Signorelli W0RW
Jim Brown W5ZIT
Bob Rolfness W7AVK
Paul Danzer N1II
Charlie Lofgren W6JJZ
Joe Montgomery W1DWJ
Dick Dabney K6BZZ
Ray Cadmus W0PFO
John Johnston W3BE
Dan Smith K6PRK
Dick Zalewski W7ZR
Bob Brown W4YFJ
L.B. Cebik W4RNL (sk) 
Carl Yaffey K8NU 
Gary Liljegren W4GAL 
 Paul Johnston W9PJ
Jack Burks K4CNW
Al Cammarata W3AWU
Gene Schonrock W6EAJ
Dave Germeyer W3BJG 
David Quagiana K2MTW
Dan Schobert W9MFG
Jack Schmidling K9ACT
Dan Marks ex-K6IQF
Matt Wheaton W1EMM 
1951 - 1955
1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
1966 - 1970
1971 - 1975
1976 - 1980
1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

Jim Leighty, W6UJX
(formerly WN6UJX, 1952)

When I worked Steve (Jensen, WN6RHM, his story on this website) on 80 CW I had only been licensed a short time.  Steve's dad (W6VGQ) was quite technical; so I suspect that's why Steve's dad made sure that Steve built his station himself.  As a result, Steve grew up to be a well respected engineer with his own consulting business.  My dad and mom owned a successful cesspool pumping business.  So, they bought me my first ham equipment.  When I talked with Steve I was using an Elmac A54H transmitter that was one of the early HF mobile rigs that I used at home. My receiver was a Hallicrafters S-20R.  In the short time that we were Novices we talked frequently on CW.  The Novice bands were lots of fun and I don't think we could ever have had a better time if we had been on phone instead of CW.  We met soon after our contact and eventually went to the same college, UCLA.  Oh, I grew up to be an engineer too (but maybe not so famous).  ...Jim, W6UJX