I have been getting some new material from the many people that knew Jim
and/or attended the field trip that day. I've been adding that new material
today and will continue to do so. I have also posted a reference to when I
make updates at the top of the main page. That way you can check in
whenever you like to see if there is new material. Enjoy. I am glad
everyone is getting a chance to virtually visit the W6AM super station. KB
Don, we miss you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Neiger" <email@example.com>
To: "Dennis Younker NE6I" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] W6AM Pictures
> Thanks to Dennis for re-kindling some very fond memories.
> I had met Don Wallace in the mid-60's at the Visalia (then it was Fresno)
> Convention , but since I lived in Northern California and he in Sourthern
> California, our paths only crossed once per year. And then when I moved
> Ascension Island in 1968, our friendship really took off. I forget which
> the 18 rhombics (at the time) passed through ZD8, but his signal was
> outstanding - and we QSOed often.
> I moved to Los Angeles in early 1973, and Don invited me to operate his
> station in a contest, certainly with some reluctance as only Don knew the
> workings of his station. I soon was able to convince him that the Johnson
> Viking 2000's (or whatever they were) had to go, and they were soon
> with a couple of Collins S-Lines. The amplifiers, of course, remained the
> pairs of 833's and 450TL's, on each band. Later, Don got three Alpha
> especially designed by ETO to handle sudden high VSWR's in case the
> feedlines should short during high winds. And I believe it safe to say
> this custom micro-processor controlled Alpha 77 became the predecessor to
> the fantastic Alpha 87 amplifiers.
> So, pretty much from early 1973 to Don's passing in June 1985, I operated
> many contests from W6AM, and spent literally 100's of hours there -
> on the station and listening to him and the history of ham radio. Don was
> truly one of the pioneers (I think he got his first "license" in 1912).
> During the last couple decades of the W6AM rhombic ranch, it was 'only' 9
> rhombics and 18 directions on 24 acres, 1234 ft above the Los Angeles
> right on the edge of the Pacific. During its heyday, Don's property was
> acres with 13 rhombics and 26 directions. The site was originally a
> trans-Pacific radio site (Press Wireless, I think) and Don somehow
> "acquired" the property from the billionaire Howard Hughes. Height of the
> rhombics varied from 100 to 140 ft. In the late 60's or so, Don had to
> 95 of the acres (to pay the property taxes) and he collected the grand sum
> of $100K for the 95 acres. Today, the property is covered with hundreds
> million dollar (plus) homes. Go figure.....
> Don Wallace, W6AM, an amazing builder, DXer, contestor, and ham radio
> enthusiast right up to his passing 25 years ago.
> Vy 73
> Jim Neiger N6TJ
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dennis Younker NE6I" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 6:18 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] W6AM Pictures
>> To all on the list,
>> At the recent urging of a few SCCCers, I posted pictures on the web from
>> 1986 tour of the legendary Don Wallace, W6AM super station. There were
>> rhombics on his antenna farm at the time. Can you imagine that? I was
>> lucky enough to SEE it!
>> I know that many of you remember Don and competed with him in the
>> And I thought you might enjoy the pictures.
>> To Mark, N5OT, please chip in with your memories of that day. Tree, I
>> remember if you were there. And Dave, AA6RX, I don't remember if you
>> it either. But any and all that were there, please send me your memories
>> that day. I want to include them on the web pages.
>> Dennis, NE6I
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