Episode 009 - John Portune - W6NBC
John Portune, W6NBC, has a life dedicated to education from his early days at a British grammer school teacher to his current one day, all day, ham radio classes where hundreds of people have gotten their first licenses. Lecturing and public speaking, especially on Amateur radio topics to any group that will have him drive John's contributions to the hobby. Amateur radio has always played a central role in John's social and professional life.
First Licensed: 1965
Other call signs: WB6ZCT, G5AJH, AA6NG, M0GCK
First Rig: Drake Pair, T4X and R4X and Heathkit SB220 2KW Linear Amp
Current Rig: Icom IC-706, in both ham shack and mobile
Antenna: All band flagpole disguise antenna (see picture right). Get the white paper on this antenna
Favorite mode: SSB ragchewing
W6AB - Satellite Amateur Radio Club - this is the club that John spoke about that has the Internet remote base station, using the Kenwood TS-2000 on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Links: John's Personal Website
Get Your Ham Radio License In One Day - is a program that John engineered that takes a full day of six 45 minute sessions to review the question pool for the US Amateur Technician Class license. John's course uses short term memory as the secret to his 85% success rate.
The wrong way to do CW
Drake T4X and R4X and Heathkit SB220 Amp
Icom 706 All Mode, HF, VHF, UHF Transceiver
John's Flagpole Disguise Antenna
Satellite ARC Remote Base Station Site at Vandenberg AFB in Central California