We are now in Castroville, Texas and looking for next QTH. I plan to keep my callsign for now but I am always looking for a good 1x2 (five call area for sure).
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 in February next year!!! Wow!!! God is so awesome to us!!!!!
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.
I went from this -
Home Station is down for now. Update soon. I will be back on the air in next two to three weeks.
Current DX statistics:
2015 is off to a very slow start just hit 288 QSOs at end of June 2015. I will be off the air until Fall. Here are my stats in about four and half years being licensed with almost a year off the air in between.
Next station will be focused on 6m with minor capabilities for HF:
Tower 1: MA40 with MARB and Tiltover. Will have two 6M2WLC nine element 6m antenna stacked and a HF yagi (either A3S or SteppIR 2 element).
Tower 2: Rohn 25. 26' high. Steppir dipole and 3 element M2.
Tower 3: A3S on push up pole.
Other antennas: R7000 vertical, G7FEK, OCF for 80 to 10, and 550' horizontal loop for 160m and K9AY receive antenna.
All antennas will be fed by a combination of Andrew LDF4-50A and LMR400UF.
I will be using the following equipment:
TS590SG - DX Patrol SDR panadapter.
FT920 - with inrad mods and filters.
TSB2000 Kenwood (donation from K6JU, Bruce, who will have remote privileges to the station)
AL811HD HF Amplifier
King Conversion SB220 amplifier
Future investments will include: Flex 6300 and SPE 1K
Below is a picture of me and my son, Max, who is now three 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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