Department of California ham station progressing
The mobile ham setup in King's car. (Photo via Robert King)

Department of California ham station progressing

[Editor's note: this was originally submitted to the Amateur Radio category of the Legiontown site.]

Hello, all. My name is Robert D. King KM6BNY. I am the control operator at the Department of California Amateur Radio Club, located above Department HQ in Sanger.

I was tasked with the project of establishing the station by John (Doc) Bart in about September 2016. I filled out all required paperwork and submitted it to the ARRL for approval. In December 2016, I was granted the license KM6HCQ. I then began to purchase antennas, coax, a power supply, a 2m/440 mobile radio and an HF radio, and got it all installed. Up on the roof I have a mast with an Anteon 99 and my OCFD feed point. This wire antenna covers 10m through 160m. I have another mast with a 2m/440 antenna. To date, California is the only department to have a station at its HQ building.

I continue to stay active with TALARS and CALARS. I serve as the Earley Monitor every Saturday on air with the Western Public Service System, 3.952 MHZ. I'm a member of the Clovis Amateur Radio Club.

I am a member in good standing at William Lee Netzer American Legion Post 23 in Sanger, where I have served as sergeant-at-arms twice, Riders head two years and commander two years.


For the good of the order,

Robert D. King