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Philip Earl Welch (WB6HNR)

Sept. 1990

My dad. We got into ham radio together and really enjoyed building rigs and antennas.

Contributed by: John Welch (KE6K)

Phil started in ham radio in 1962 when he and his son (WN6HNQ) passed the novice test. They built a one tube transmitter and had a used Hallicrafters S-120 for a receiver. The antenna was an 80 meter dipole mounted 4' above the roof of their home. Six months later they went to the San Francisco field office of the FCC and passed the general exam. Phil was fairly active on 80 meter AM nets, and later SSB. He and his son spent a lot of time experimenting with 2 meter antennas after they built a 2 meter transmitter and down convertor. This was done after reaching the General class so they would keep their code speed up for the test. Phil died in September 1991 of lung cancer,

Contributed by: John Welch (KE6K)

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