I am a retired law enforcement officer with a longtime interest in radio communications.
It started when a family friend let me use his walkie-talkies back in 1962. I then 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 and a couple of false starts, I finally obtained my Technician Class License with callsign KK6CXV and my General Class License a few months later. Upon obtaining my General, I applied for and received my Vanity callsign of N6JPG shortly thereafter.
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 is located near Plymouth, California in the northern half of the state in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains approximately 30 miles southeast of the state capital of Sacramento. Equipment consists of a Yaesu FTDX-5000 for HF, an Alinco DX-SR8T/E as a backup and SWL radio, and a Yaesu FT-897 which I use primarily for 2 meters in the shack and HF on the road when AC is available. I use a Heil PR-781 microphone in conjunction with the FTDX-5000. 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.
One of my favorite amateur radio activities is working portable ops from the coastline, mountain tops, deserts, etc. I use an MFJ-2289 portable dipole for travel that works great. I have also begun working with a Trans World 2010 portable antenna system that so far produces impressive results in really marginal band conditions and requires very little in the way of setup and no tuning, only a band change on the accompanying switch box. I have a Yaesu FT-817ND for lightweight travel use and a Yaesu FT-857D for portable use along with a deep cycle battery for times when a little more power is needed.
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.
The Trans World Antenna 2010 set up on hillside above Sacramento. Despite marginal conditions on this day, I was still able to work a number of stations around the country including Alaska and Hawaii on 5 watts.
I use Aether Log for Mac to keep my logs so I periodically update my QRZ.com log.
The Original Elmer.
Shh, be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting DX.
Hope to have a QSO with you soon, 73!
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