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I have a BA in Broadcast Communications, but quickly realized that computer hardware/software was going to be a more stable career.  It has been fun, though, to create web-based training, which brings the two disciplines together.  I have programmed in Cobol, done systems administration (HP-3000/HP-9000), done user and customer support, and been an operations supervisor.  I later found my calling as a technical instructor and software consultant for over 17 years specializing in the Remedy / BMC Remedy ITSM Suite.  I feel quite fortunate that teaching software classes has taken me all over the world...when it was still fun to fly.  It didn't hurt that Remedy's policy was that you could fly business class after the third international trip.  Since I was almost commuting to London for a while, that worked well for the later trips to Japan and China.  I am luckly to have visited more countries than most and enjoyed every bit of it with camera in hand.  I was always awe struck by the unique cultures of each country.  I found Asia to be the most fascinating because it was the most different.  That travel experience gives me that much more to talk about when meeting new friends on HF! 

An unusual and amazing experience was volunteering with a documentary film crew and going to Dharamsala, India to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  We were there for three weeks, in 1999, during monsoon.  I have never seen so much rain in my life!  I have a prayer shawl that was presented to me by his holiness after the interview.  Some of my video footage was used in the documentary film, "Dalai Lama Renaissance," narrated by Harrison Ford.

My father and I attempted to get into HAM radio when I was in high school, but I just didn't have the patience or focus.  So I settled for CB radio.

I thank my godfather and elmer, Alan Young (K6KLL), for getting me interested in the hobby and giving me my first 2m/440 rig.  I was excited about the hobby and immediately bought a used HF rig shortly after getting my technician license, but life got in the way.  I finally got my General in 2010 and my Amateur Extra in 2016.

07/27/2001 - Issued Technician Class License

I am a former ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the City of Fremont and a former CERT District Coordinator (DC) for the Centerville district of Fremont. Considering that there are over 1200 HAMs in Fremont, I am surprised that more of them aren't involved in emergency communications.

My equipment includes: Kenwood TS-590S (base), Kenwood TS-450S (backup base), Yaesu FT-8900R (base), Yaesu FT-8800R (Miata mobile), Yaesu FT-857D (Montero mobile) with Little Tarheal II Screwdriver antenna and 2m/440 whip, Yaesu VX-5R handheld, Diamond X-50 (2 meters/70 cm), Cushcraft R8 (6 - 40 meters) up about 21' (6.4 meters), Astron RS-35M power supply, and SignaLink USB.

I have a 2002 Miata Special Edition that, after a year of ownership, I finally felt comfortable installing a rig (FT-8800R) and trunk lip mount antenna (see photos below).

Other hobbies include: photography, cycling, RC gliders, camping, billiards, computers and travel.

9/25/10 - Thanks to Ross Peterson, and other volunteers, I passed the General Class exam today. Woohoo! I can finally put this behind me and enjoy talking beyond the Bay Area.  I totally forgot that the Tech class has some HF privileges.

I have to identify myself as KG6HJU /AG until the FCC database indicates my General class status.

10/1/10 - The record on the FCC ULS is updated with General status so I can drop the /ag. What a pain that was and confusing to some.

10/2012 - Picked up a new Vertex/Yaesu extension speaker at Pacificon. It is MUCH better than the MFJ speaker, seen below, between the seats in the Miata!

1/1/14 - President of South Bay Amateur Radio Assn (SBARA.org). 

3/12/16 - I FINALLY passed my extra class exam, thanks to www.hamtestonline.com!  Woohoo! I can cross that goal off the list!  I decided to keep my current callsign for now with the hopes of obtaining a shorter vanity call in the near future.  This is KG6HJU /AE! 

3/23/16 - The FCC ULS now shows my operator class as Amateur Extra!  Yay!  Now I need to get my ARRL and W5YI VE credentials updated as I will now be able to grade any class of exam. Cool!

Here are some photos of my mobile ham radio installation:


Bozley - our 2-year-old (as of 8/2013), 155 lb. St. Shepherd (St. Bernard / German Shepherd) rescue.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KG6HJU
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dedateband mode grid Country op
W7HRC 2014-01-25 20m SSB CN87vi United States GREGORY J PIETRUCHA
KP4EU 2013-12-15 10M SSB FK68nk Puerto Rico ANGEL L SAAVEDRA DE JESUS
WA8FRE 2013-12-15 10M SSB EN73uw United States ANDREW J WLOTKOWSKI
KL7YK 2013-11-30 10M SSB BP51bd Alaska Ronald R Keech, Sr
K9DIG 2013-11-30 10m SSB EN17mt United States Nancy M Yoshida
XE2KJ 2013-11-02 20m PSK31 DL95mj Mexico JOSE VELAZQUEZ CARDONA
WP4MPV 2013-10-30 10m SSB FK78be Puerto Rico Carlos J Rodriguez-Delgado
KB3ZVT 2013-10-30 10m SSB FN10od United States William H Kimmick, IV
AE7OA 2013-03-14 20m PSK31 CN84iw United States Mike
VE7IAQ 2013-02-28 20m PSK31 CO55aw Canada Robert M. Ractliffe
KL3IH 2013-02-21 15m SSB BO09qa Alaska Arnold E Watland
K3NPO 2013-02-07 2m FM CM87so United States Catherine C Rodery
W6POO 2012-08-04 40m SSB DM13ru United States James L Wallace
KE7MRA 2012-08-03 20m SSB DN31xj United States RANDY E HALE
N0OHX 2010-09-29 17m SSB DM65uc United States CARLOS A WEEKES

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