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Hi, the name here is Joe, first licensed as a Novice in 1973. Never lost interest, just got distracted, and returned to ham radio with a Tech Plus in 1991, General and Advanced in 1997, then Extra in 2000. A four-letter last name starting with a "K" just begs to be a callsign, and yes I did pretend to be a DJ for a "KATZ-FM" as a kid even though I lived in W-land. Previous calls were WN2SWQ, KD6ALY, and KQ6MM.

HF Antennas:
• Optibeam OB6-3M tribander Moxon/Yagi
on US Tower MA-40 (see above & below)
• Diamond CP8040
80m/40m vertical tuned to the data mode ranges (to the left here)
• CCDAntennas 75m/40m dipole at 6' high along the fence on three sides (not shown)

V/UHF Antennas:
• InnovAntennas LFAs: 6m 3-el, 2m 7-el, 1.25m 10-el, 70cm 15-el (see below)
• M2 Yagis: 23cm 22-el x2, 33 cm 17-el, 1.25m 5-el for FM (below), 2m/70cm EBs
• Diamond D220 discone at top of the MA-40 tower (see above & below)

Rigs & amps:
• Icom 9100 (HF-23cm), 375A (222); Kenwood TK-981 (33cm); plus mobiles, HTs
• Icom IC-PW1 (HF-6m 500W/1kW), W6PQL 23cm (150W)


Other stuff:

• Heil GM-4 and HM-iC mics, Green Heron RT-21D rotator controllers, Palstar HF-Auto tuner
• Begali HST single paddle key, Kent KT-1 straight key; (but I use WinWarbler in contests ;-)
• Software: DXLab with DX Atlas; WSJT-X with JTAlert-X/JTMacros; Romac Basic Equalizer

Awards:
• WAS — Mixed, Phone, Digital, JT65; (CW -1, PSK31 -3; 20m -1, 30m -1, 10m -3)
• WPX — Mixed, Mixed NA, SSB NA, SSB +350
• DXCC — Mixed, Phone, (CW -50)

Favorite contests:
• California QSO Party
• ARRL & CQ V/UHF contests
• 070 PSKFest
• CQWW, ARRL DX

Preferred modes are phone, JT65, JT9, CW, and PSK31, for contesting, weak signal, and satellites, plus occasionally analog and D-STAR repeaters. I support local emergency communications groups however I can, and have a solar-powered backup battery bank ready and able to serve.

For more pictures and info on my crank-up tubular tower project, a flagpole antenna I made awhile back, and the rest of my antenna farm, rigs and radio interests, see www.k6atz.us and follow @K6ATZ on Twitter.

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73 es gud DX de Joe K6atz

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