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NPOTA chasers, Rainbow Bridge MN63 and Glen Canyon Rec Area RC10 - Once the ARRL updates TQSL to reflect the  two-fer-one I will upload that log - not much else we can do until the ARRL does their part.

NOTE, The TQSL has now been updated by the fine folks at the ARRL to reflect the MN63 (Rainbow Bridge) and RC10 (Glen Canyon Rec Area). I uploaded my 350 MN63/RC10 contacts (20m & 40m) to LoTW at about 2300 10-21-16 UTC. If for some reason you don't get a match I can look for a busted call (I average .05% busted calls) or I can send you those dreaded three letters NIL (Not In Log).   


 We will be departing our home QTH on 9-11-16 and working our way North park unit by park unit on our way to and from Glacier NP, we expect to be home by early/mid October. If you are located too close for 20m SSB and can't hear me please ask a loud 20m station that is working me to relay that you's like to work me on 40m LSB. If at all possible (heat, rain, wind, barking dogs considered) I will QSY to 40m after I run down any pileups. If at all possible please also relay a clear frequency near 7.242.  I will be doing mostly SSB but may pop up on PSK31 from time to time. 

Thanks John NA6L       

****** Note that I will be activating NPOTA MN09  Cabrillo National Monument on SSB frequently *********

In that location you will find me using "temporary stationary mobiles" with a mag mount/whip and the radio sitting on the dash. The current set-up is a 2010 Prius,  MFJ 17' telescoping stainless whip (adjust length for band), and a Yaesu FT-857D with power supplied by a 20Ah Lithium Iron battery. The Cabrillo National Monument (MN09) does not allow out-of-the-car operating so I'll be crunched in the little car talking to you while logging with the laptop (yes) on my lap. Due to the nearby Naval Electronics Lab. I do have a high noise level and I may have to ask for your call several times -- thanks for your patience.


When home and in the shack you will usually find me on the wonderful JT65 or JT9 modes calling/listening for DX stations that I need, especially on 6 Meters and 160m (when in season).  I'm done with 8 bands of DXCC and would love to make it 10 bands! I'll also be calling for RI on 6m to complete my 10th WAS band (could also use a ME LoTW 6m cfm).

The challenge of moving beyond my current count of 320 DXCC entities is proving to be a worthy but slow process. If you are a DX station and I am calling you using any mode there is a good chance that I need you as a band slot or possibly even an ATNO. If I do not respond please keep trying because I live in a noisy area.

On the other hand if for some reason you need a contact with me as a DXCC, Zone, Prefix, County, State, Grid etc. please email me for a schedule -- any band or mode is ok.  

My wife Denise (KJ6JAL) and I live in San Diego , California USA (Point Loma area), between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay and 30 km from the border with Mexico. My QRZ location shows our mail facility but our actual location is about 1 km to the west of the QRZ location at 75 meters ASL.

I'm the current Past President of The San Diego DX Club -- a fine organization. If you are a DXer and are interested in more information about the club please feel free to send me an email. 

QSL info: (The fun photos and such are near the bottom) 

Please note that a full year of incoming BURO cards were lost in transit, if you are expecting a card and it is overdue please resend.   

I vastly prefer LoTW but if using QSL cards here are the basic instructions

Direct International (DX) please enclose 1 greenstamp and SAE. Our outbound international postage is just $1.05 US so I can pay the extra $.05 to get a card to you (-:

USA, HF/ 6m V/U QSLs please include an SASE no greeenstamps needed.

For you hard working SWL-ers, just include the callsign for the other station in the QSO and other details, for a direct card no greenstamps required for SWL only SAE needed and I will take care of the postage -- or use the BURO

Sorry no eQsl But I will return all BURO cards quickly via the BURO. The BURO can take many months but I will do MY part quickly.

In the shack on HF and 6m I use an Elecraft K3 with LP-PAN panadapter, a Yaesu Quadra amp and an old Dentron AT-3K tuner.

Generally my full-time HF antennas are a small CushCraft A3S tribander up at 14 Meters or a 4 element  Parallel wire, Inverted “V” dipole that is cut for 12/17/40/80 Meters but kinda' works on all the other HF bands via the tuner. The “V” dipole is12 Meters high at the apex and the ends are about 4 meters off of the ground. For 160 Meters I use a shortened (65'), top loaded, top fed sloper at just 35' high.

When on 6 Meters I use about 80 watts for CW/SSB (much less for digi) into a small Comet 4 element beam up about 50' above the ground.along with a M2 5 element beam up at 30'. There is a nice terrain advantage here with a 225' drop-off toward the East. Prior to installing the Comet I used a 2 element homebrew Moxon with great success ($20 worth of parts from Home Depot -- see pictures near bottom).

For mobile, portable and on vacation I use a Yaesu FT-857D, LDG auto tuner, dipoles (screwdriver on the vehicle). We love heading out to remote areas in our vehicle and setting up a station using an 11 meter tall push pole for dipoles or vertical antennas. I still use the 6m Moxon (I originally built it for the house) when I am operating portable so watch for me from some “unique” grid squares from time to time!

Regards and good DX, John NA6L (XYL is KJ6JAL)


NPOTA micro rig



San Diego, California. East from the antenna! Inverted "V" 3 element 12/17/40/80m home QTH


Mexico Vacation Patio dipoles 20m (above) and 40m (on big pole)

Curacao as Maritime Mobile - Dipole in rigging! Beach "HAM Shack" with 11m tall Vertical


The Travel Rig "DX in a bag" Yaesu FT-857D -- add coax and some dipole wire and work the world. Jeep Mobile/Portable with 33' pushpole with dipole


Home Depot special, $20 moxon 2 element 6 meter beam built from 1/2" aluminum angle




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QRZ Logbook Summary for - NA6L
Latest Contacts for NA6L at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
UA6BRD 2016-03-10 40m JT65 LN05 Russia Igor V. Borzenko
AC5O 2016-03-10 60m JT65 EL83 United States Jeffrey J Guidry
T32SB 2016-03-10 30m CW BJ12ha East Kiribati Steve Culp
T32WW 2016-03-09 30m CW BJ11du East Kiribati IOTA expediton AC8W
TO66R 2016-03-06 80m SSB JJ00aa Guadeloupe Gil FG/F6HMQ & Michel FG/F6GWV
6Y6Y 2016-03-05 160m SSB FK18hc Jamaica 1997 I5JHW
T32SB 2016-03-05 12m CW BJ12ha East Kiribati Steve Culp
V51WW 2016-03-04 12m SSB JH81oc Namibia Wynand A Wolmarans
C6AMM 2016-03-04 12m SSB JJ00aa Bahamas William WELCH
PZ5W 2016-03-04 12m SSB GJ25jq Suriname Minn Wirless
8R1/K9KX 2016-03-04 12m CW Guyana HANS W HANNAPPEL
TX7EU 2016-03-04 15m CW BI91we Marquesas Islands DXpedition Marquesas 2016
ZA/IW2JOP 2016-03-04 15m RTTY KM09au Albania Dimitri Ferrari
LB6BG 2016-03-04 40m JT65 JO29xb Norway Michael (Mick) Theiss
TO66R 2016-03-03 17m SSB JJ00aa Guadeloupe Gil FG/F6HMQ & Michel FG/F6GWV

Book Totals: 15411 qso's   2225 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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