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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CASTROVILLE TEXAS.  Enjoying life in Texas with my family and have a little shack up and running at my inlaws (where we are staying while we look for the next family home).  It is significantly better than San Jose, CA location and I have already worked as many new ones in three months as it took me an entire year in San Jose. I plan to keep my callsign for now but I am actively applying for the best 1x2 callsigns (five call area only).  

Here is a pic of my wife, Susanna, me and my son Maximiliano (Max). We have some tremendously awesome and amazing news!!! We are now expecting a baby girl, Anastasia, in approximately five weeks (in February 2016)!!! Wow!!! God is so awesome to us!!!!! We have been so Blessed it is incredible!!!

My History in the Hobby

My favorite hobby is ham radio (my second favorite is snowboarding).  I was first licensed on Dec 20, 2010 (now over four years licensed).  I decided to get into the hobby because when I was a kid (from 12 to 16 years old) I was an active SWLer using my father's zenith transoceanic and a realistic DX-200.  I built shortwave receiving antennas including a small rhombic for SWLing and collected QSL cards and other awesome trinkets from mailing to the broadcast stations my SINPO reports. I wish I had the QSL cards that I collected but they are lost save one from Radio Japan.  Some of my best recollections of the hobby including visiting my penpal (remember those days) who lived in Hamburg, Germany when I was 16.  I met him through Radio Budapest DX club.  I spent the summer in Germany and Switzerland with him and his family and some other friends (traveled with my best friend Bob Smith from Waretown NJ to visit his grandmother) who lived outside Stuttgart (Dettingen unter Teck).  It was an awesome trip.

Another fond memory was all the cool trinkets i received (memories now for they are all gone); cool calendars from VOFC (Voice of Free China) and Chinese New year memorabilia, record albums of Brahms from Radio Budapest, communist propaganda books from Radio Burcharest, a QSL card from Radio Baghdad showing dead bodies from the Iran / Iraq war, etc, etc, etc.  SWLing was a great hobby now all but dead with the advent of the internet.  By the time I got interested in becoming a ham, I was 17 and started liking cars, parties and girls better than radio.  I eventually shelved the hobby and at 18 joined the US Navy where I studied as an electronic technician and nuclear reactor operator and was stationed on the USS Enterprise from 1988 to 1991.

In late 2010, I was re-introduced to ham radio through a ham in Ramona, CA when I purchased some antique SWL radios from him.  His name is Duane, AA6EE.  He said why not become a ham.  I said I didn't have time for all the studying, and then he told me the CW requirement was removed and that they dumbed down the tests.  I studied for about three weeks and took and passed all three exams.  Since getting my extra I have spent a lot of time learning CW and am proficient enough to DX on CW without decoders but that is about it. I really want to get good at it because it is an awesome mode.

I was very active from a great QTH in San Diego where I had two towers and modest multi band HF yagis (at first a K4KIO hex beam, then 3 element steppir, and finally a combo of Mosley S33 and Pro 57B on two different towers) on an edge of a 232' canyon with ocean views.  

This is my old antenna set up in San Diego.  You wonder how I got to over 290 entities in about three years.  Well QTH means everything in this hobby.  Great QTHs provide opportunities that average ones never will.  That is why I am look hard at the next home I purchase in San Antonio Texas area.  


Current DX statistics:

2015 was the lowest total full year QSO totals (404 QSOs) since I was licensed and I have not been on the air much since June 2014 (only 585 QSOs from July 2014 to present) due to two major relocations in 18 months.  

Based on my best up to date log 1121 of these QSOs (approx 23%) were also made on 6m which is my favorite band.  My operating mode is all about efficiency because I don't have much seat time with a career that requires significant travel, a family with small children and a wonderful wife who needs my help as a father and husband.

Finally received my 300 sticker prior to my five year anniversary as a licensed amateur operator.  I have 304 worked and 303 confirmed for Mixed DXCC.  My statistics on HF with 3700 QSOs in five years means that every 12th QSO is an ATNO.

304 DXCC worked with 303 confirmed. 

  • 6m DX with 23 entities (20 worked in DM12 and 3 worked in EL09) worked and 20 confirmed.
  • VUCC from DM12lo at 295 grids worked and 185 confirmed.  
  • VUCC from EL09 at 20 grids worked and 18 confirmed.
  • WAS basic award. 6m WAS current stats 46 states worked, 40 confirmed.
  • My favorite band is 6m for DX and grid chasing. Now since I am so limited in terms of capabilities I may start portable operations for 6m in the future. 
  • LOTW confirm to Total QSO rate is at 41.5% (1995 LOTW confirms / 4860 Total QSOs) = LOTW makes sense and if you are interested in DX and awards please sign up and join.

Next station will be focused on 6m with minor capabilities for HF


I will be using the following equipment:


FT920 - with inrad mods and filters.


6m King Conversion, ALS600 with qsk mod, and LDG 1000AT Pro


King Conversion SB220 amplifier:


Tower 1:  Rohn 25. 40' high.  Mosley mini 33AW working great!

Tower 2: MA40 with MARB and Tiltover.  Will have possibly two 6M2WLC nine element 6m antenna stacked.  At the very minimum one will be up and running there.  Possibly an A3S for HF on the tower as well.  In Planning for Spring 2016.


Push up pole:  Six element Innovantenna 6m OP DES.


Other antennas:  R7000 vertical, G7FEK.

All antennas will be fed by a combination of Andrew LDF4-50A and LMR400UF.

Future investments will include:  Flex 6300 and SPE 1K

Below is a picture of me and my son, Max, who is now three and a half years old (pictured below from almost a eighteen months ago).  He is super bright and already speaks Spanish and English fluently.  We have started Max on French and Mandarin Chinese now as it appears he has a talent like his mother for languages. 


Below is a picture of some of my favorite QSL cards (6m QSLs).

Max dreaming of his favorite band 6m!!  No other band is as wonderful and frustrating as 6m.  It is band that has our entire family hooked on ham radio for life (just kidding, wife isn't too thrilled about this goofy hobby).

Below is a picture of me and my wife Susanna at my sister's wedding a few years ago. She is a wonderful wife and mother for Max.

We had our 14th anniversary on May 4, 2015.


Below is a picture of my little angels, Roxy and Bentley. They are cavalier king charles spaniels and were our kids before Max came around.  They are still my fur babies and I love them so much.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AK6ZZ
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dedateband mode grid Country op
EA3FQ 2014-06-09 20m SSB JN01OE Spain Josep M� Fortuny Queralt
UP1KEDR 2014-03-09 20m SSB JJ00aa Kazakhstan
KG4VCF 2014-01-20 10m SSB EM85rv United States JAMES J BOYD
K5WWQ 2014-01-19 6m SSB EL09vv United States GARY F POSS
9J2BO 2014-01-07 40m CW KH34cr Zambia BRIAN OTTER
SV2HJQ 2013-12-15 40m SSB KN00um Greece MICHAEL MOYLAKIS
K5WWQ 2013-12-08 6m SSB EL09vv United States GARY F POSS
KJ6OWI 2013-12-02 80m SSB DM13cu United States Chang Lee
AF5IU 2013-11-20 17m SSB EM10gc United States BRYAN W NOVAK
KZ2Q 2013-11-14 80m SSB FN32bo United States Jeremy F McInerney
KZ2Q 2013-11-14 40m SSB FN32bo United States Jeremy F McInerney
HZ1TT 2013-10-25 40m SSB JJ00aa Saudi Arabia ali al duobie
PA3K 2013-10-24 15m PSK31 JO31ci Netherlands Hans Keltjens
RJ3AA 2013-10-23 10m SSB KO95fl Russia Sergey Kislov,
FO4BM 2013-10-19 10M SSB BH52cm French Polynesia Philippe GLOAGUEN

Book Totals: 81 qso's   79 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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