My Brief Radio History: Thank you for visiting the KF6GIU homepage. My name is Ben Totanes. My interest in radios started back in 1981 when a bunch of my friends in the Philippines introduced me to Citizens Band. I still remember staying up late until the wee hours of the morning chatting away on a borrowed rig and a homebrewed 3-element yagi which I had mounted on a 20-foot 2-inch water pipe.
Now it's the nineties. Many things have changed yet some have remained as they were. For one thing, the friends who introduced me to CB sixteen years ago are the same friends who introduced me to Amateur Radio. They founded the Magellan Amateur Radio Repeater Network (MARRN) , a group comprised of Filipino-Americans with extreme dedication to the hobby -- which I am a member of. The 1.2 GHz-band network stretches from our base in Los Angeles to San Diego in the south, east to Las Vegas and reaches north to the San Francisco bay-area. Currently, I have a Technician-Plus class license and hope to upgrade to General Class soon.

My Setup: My current radio is a Yaesu FT-900AT compact HF transceiver connected to a G5RV dipole (see column on the right for details). I will upgrade to a Yagi or a Quad beam mounted on a tower towards the end of this year.
On 70cm/23cm, I have an Icom IC-X2A HT and a Yaesu 6200 dual-band mobile radio, these I both use to hang out on 23cm (1.285.700). I'm currently saving "dinero" for a tri-band to extend my coverage to two-meters.
My Opinion About the HAM Market: I'm simply amazed at how smaller operations dominate and how major mass electronics retailers haven't caught on this nice market niche. Retailers such as HRO need more competition. In my opinion, they've been complacent and need that "jolt" to get them off their butts. As an example, they close every weekday by 5:30PM and are closed every Sunday. I remember my first reaction to this was: "Whoa?!, not even banks do this anymore, they're enjoying near-monopoly in my area, they need competition". Just think about it. What other electronics shop enjoy such hours? Anyone who has any capital, contact me, I have a marketing plan for you.
My Line of Work: I'm a Marketing Manager for a computer firm in Fremont, CA. I've been with the computer industry for fifteen years though I started toying with programming and electronics even before the word "IBM PC" became a household name. Currently, I have my three systems at home Ethernet-networked using a Pentium Pro server running Windows NT 3.51. I've received a copy of Intranetware from Novell, needless to say, I will be experimenting on this new version very soon.
photo: FT-900CAT Transceiver

About the Yaesu FT-900AT: It is a compact HF transceiver which features a detachable front sub-panel that can be mounted separately from the main body. This capability allows the FT-900AT to be configured for maximum safety, best display visibility, and ease of operation in mobile installations. Perfect as a high-performance base station, the FT-900AT quickly doubles as a full-featured mobile or field-day rig. Renowned for its hybrid antenna tuner performance, duct flow cooling, dual speech processors, and front panel control of the carrier points. The FT-900 has proven its performance of a radio many times its price class.

Email1: [email protected]
Email2: [email protected]
Email3: [email protected]
Website1: Family Webpage

You are visitor .

FREE software! Visit my FTP site to download freeware versions of Eudora, WS-FTP, WinVN, LView Pro and others!
HAM Links

[ ARRL | Magellan-ARRN | Ham Exam | Magellan-ARRN VEC Monthly Schedule | Los Angeles Free Net | NCSA - Beginner's Guide to HTML | FCC - Wireless Telecommunications Bureau | Amateur Radio Service | What is Amateur Radio ? | Getting Started in Amateur Radio | Amateur Radio "Q" Codes | The Condor Connection | Buckmaster World Wide HamCalltm Server | The QRZ Daily FCC Report | CQ Contest Home Page | Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) | T.O.R.R.A. ]

Equipment Manufacturers & Dealers

[ Yaesu | Icom America | Kenwood Communications Corp | Alinco | Cushcraft | Cubex | Standard | Ham Radio Outlet | Jun's Electronics | Amateur Electronic Supply ]

Other HAMS on the Web

[ KO6DM | N6VBW ]