Ted Park, K6XN, and Ted's XYL Laine Park, K6XXN, operate today from theirhome in Saratoga, California, Santa Clara County, Grid Square CM87 (picture shown above) and alsofrom their Sierra wildernesssummer cabin (picture shown below). The current antennas at K6XN's Saratoga QTH include a four element SteppIR HF antenna system with the 6M six element option and the 30M/40M options mounted on a 63 foot self supporting tower and an elevated 80M vertical with elevated tuned radials for 80M. A separate tower at the Saratoga QTH includes multiple yagi antennas for 144 MHz through 1296 MHz.
K6XN and K6XXN also operate from their Sierra summer cabin QTH (picture shown below) located in a Sierra wilderness area within the Tahoe National Forest located 18 miles northeast of Nevada City, California, Nevada County, Grid Square CM 99. The Sierra summer cabin QTH comprises several hundred acres of forest land with the cabin located on top of a 5000 foot elevation mountain/ridge line and currently includes multiple towers, beams and horizontal loops for HF and VHF/UHF. The summer cabin QTH is located miles from the nearest paved road, power lines, telephone lines or neighbors except for small bears, occasional mountain lions, deer and rattlesnakes. At the cabin we primarily rely on solar power, batteries, inverters and as needed several on site generators. The picture below shows the cabin at the beginning of a snow storm. The snow typically gets as deep as eight feet at the cabin during the winter. In 2011 the snow level exceeded a depth at the cabin of over 11 feet.
Ted was first licensed in 1960 as a teenager with the Novice callsign WV6LDC, later upgrading to General Class and receiving the callsign WA6LDC. Ted's first ham station was a modified 1943 ARC-5 aircraft receiver from a WWII B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber and a home made crystal controlled CW transmitter using four Army surplus 6L6 metal tubes and a power supply built from a thrown away TV set. The antenna was a random length of wire into a tree behind Ted's home in Sacramento. Ted later upgraded to inverted Vee antennas for 80M and 40M and was actually able to work DX!!! Ted's first "serious" receiver was a beautiful 70+ pound monster 1948 Hallicrafters SX-42 and Ted's first "serious" home made kit transmitter was a Heathkit DX-40 transmitter. Later Ted upgraded and built a Heathkit SSB ensemble comprising an SB-100 transceiver and an SB-200 linear amplifier which Ted used for years and still has (and they still work!!!). Upon returning from a combat tour in Vietnam in 1969 Ted upgraded to Amateur Extra Class. Ted requested and was issued the original callsign K6XN in 1977 and is still actively using this callsign. Ted holds various ARRL DX and Contest Awards includingARRL #1 Honor Roll Mixed, DXCC Honor Roll Mixed, SSB and CW, 5BDXCC, DXCC Challenge Award, the ARRL Triple Play Award, VUCC, multiple WAS and many ARRL Contest awards. Ted is a past president of the Northern California DX Club and a current member of the NCDXC, the NCCC and a life Member of the ARRL. Over the years Ted has obtained licenses and operated from various DX locations including 8P6, VP2M, VP2A, VP9, KP3, VK3, 9V1, KH6, G, DL, F, OE, ZF2, and others. Ted holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree in Law from the University of California. Ted is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger school and served in combat as a Captain in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign clusters and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ted's interests are ham radio in general, HF DXing, contesting, UHF and VHF weak signal communications and hiking, mountaineering, competition pistol and rifle shooting, and antique military vehicle and military communications equipment restoration. Ted is primarily happily retired now but is stillcurrently a practicing lawyer in California and other jurisdictions for selected corporate clients althougha retired Senior Counsel with the Hewlett-Packard Company. Ted is married to Laine Park, K6XXN, and has two children, Ashley ex N6MTJ and Andrew, N6YDZ, two stepchildren, Troy and Terry, and currently 7 grandchildren. We are also blessed with two Siberian Huskies as part of the "Park Pack" including a large beautiful male named Scout and a beautiful female ex-sled dog racing team member named Tolsona. Our Siberian Huskies provide us with lots of company on a five hour Jeep ride from Saratoga to the cabin and they enthusiastically volunteer to take the point on long range recon patrols whenever they accompany us to the cabin. :-)
Ted is the Trustee for club stations NN7NN, NC6DX and N7PR.
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