Irene, the Love of my life, my best friend has died in front of me on her way to Field Day. She was so happy, she was taking our motorhome to go do Field Day this year, 2015, She enjoyed the radio and helping other people enjoy it also. She is the reason I started with Ham Radio. We had a great time sharing the hobby with each other and our friends. She loved DX'ing and got so much enjoyment when the DX would come back, was there an N6 station, or the YL? Irene loved my new call, she would say I was her Sugar, Sugar. It's going to be hard to get back into the hobby....
I love and miss you Irene
My Wife, Irene, N6PMC got her tech license and needed help to set up her shack so I started learning about a hobby I never was interested in. At which point I realised I was now interested.
I took my first test May 5, 2013 and jumped in with both feet. I took both tech and general the same day and passed (Irene wouldn't be outdone, she took her general and passed) as of 11/2/13 I have now passed my extra exam. A little update, Irene has now passed her Extra Class Exam also!! More good new, my Dad is now a Ham, passed his General. KK6MEZ
I now have WAS, WAZ, DXCC (as of today 218 confirmed with at least 100 on 20m-10m) and am closing in on 5 band WAS. I am going to have to start concentrating on the long bands (slow going) for 5 band DXCC.
Irene and I are both Volunteer Examiners.
I am currently using an IC-756 pro, ALS 600 amp for 10m - 160m, an Alinco DR-635 for 2m -70cm. I put up a Carolina Windom 160 dipole and an XR6 for 6 through 20 at 40'.
I'm also using a K4KIO hexbeam as a portable antenna.
I have also started in Digital modes, I am using a Signalink, Dm780 and JT 65- HF. I just found a new program (for me) for JT65, WSJTX and I think it's easier to configure and also does JT9. Mobile I have just upgraded to an ICOM 7000 with a Little Tarheel HP and expect to use an IC-7200 in my Motor home.
A recent trip to Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, Ca. I had never thought of making my hexbeam portable but it only took 45 min to setup.
I also maintain a 2m repeater, 147.765, -offset, pl- 123
Life is too short for QRP!
Current weather at my QTH.
Here are some of the QSL cards that I've received
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