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 truly enjoyed each and every QSO, all 110 of them! We had to cut our activities a bit short on Sunday due to weather but all in all we had a great time. Thanks too to my XYL Lisa who helped with the setup and log keeping. I would also like to thank the Point Arena Lighthouse (www.pointarenalighthouse.com) for allowing me to set up my remote station and work both days at their beautiful location on the Pacific.
I have mailed out most of the special QSL cards from the event (below) to all those who sent me a card. If you sent both card and postage, your postage has been returned to you. I apologize for the brief delay in mailing out the cards; I was waiting for my return address labels to arrive to save me a bit of work. I will be sending out the remaining few cards in the next few days (OCT. 1st).
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 in February of 2013 with callsign KK6CXV and my General Class License the following May. 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 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 an NA4RR hex 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 recently acquired 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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