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Note: Thanks to all those stations that contacted me during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, August 16 & 17 which I worked from the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County, California. I apologize to those few who have not yet received my QSL card from the event. Between going back to work and spending time with my grandchildren, I have been neglectful of my ham duties. I will get those out ASAP.

I am a retired law enforcement officer with a longtime interest in radio communications.

It started when I received a gift of a Remco Caravelle low power AM broadcast transmitter/receiver from my folks when I was 10. From there I graduated into SWL and CB radio joining a community volunteer group that assisted in local events and monitored channel 9 for emergencies before the days of cell phones. I received my commercial Radiotelephone Certificate while in high school and worked as a disc jockey for commercial broadcast stations in New Mexico and California through college.

 

While working at my agency, I served on the Sacramento County Regional Communications Committee charged with designing and implementing the county-wide trunking radio system. I also assisted in the procurement of equipment for and set up of public safety dispatch and emergency ops centers.

I served 36 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2011. After putting if off for so many years, I finally obtained my Technician Class License with callsign KK6CXV and my General Class License three months later. Upon obtaining my General, I applied for and received my Vanity callsign of N6JPG in June of 2013.

I am a member of the Stockton-Delta Amateur Radio Club (www.w6sf.org) located in Stockton, CA with their repeaters here in Amador County. Great bunch of guys with whom I am happy to be associated.

 

 

I am also a pilot. The picture above is my former airplane, a Cessna 172XP. Although I miss flying, I don't miss the expense. With an interest in geology, my wife and I also enjoy rockhounding primarily in the Nevada desert which is only a day's drive from home.

I had a country music group, The Jackson Highway Band. We released a CD of original songs and had a good time in Nashville. We were privileged to open for some big name acts like Lonestar, Tom T. Hall, and Daryle Singletary. Today I play primarily just for fun, family and friends.

My station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 for HF and a Yaesu FT-897 which I use primarily for 2 meters in the shack and HF on the road. I use an Ameritron AL-80B kilowatt amp with an LDG AT-1000Pro II tuner. Antennas consist of Cushcraft A-3S three element triband beam and a GAP Titan DX vertical antenna. I also use a homebrew longwire for 20 & 10m with the 897 at home. I use an MFJ-2289 portable dipole for travel use that works great. I also have a Yaesu FT-817ND for lightweight travel use. I never thought that I would enjoy QRP but after working a number of stations around the country and Japan using only 5 watts and the MFJ-2289 antenna, I think I'm hooked.

 

Above: Setting up the MFJ-2289 dipole antenna on a pop-up mast during International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2014.

Working DX during Lighthouse Weekend with the Yaesu FT-897 from the Point Arena Lighthouse, Mendocino County coast, northern California.

 

 

I use Aether Log for Mac to keep my logs so I periodically update my QRZ.com log.

Hope to have a QSO with you soon, 73!

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