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CQP 2015 - The NZ6Q CQP Team enjoyed our 7th YEAR operating together in 2014. This year in Merced County join us again on October 3th & 4th, 2015 for the 50th running of the CQP - We will be active on all bands with new antennas.  It's time for the greatest State QSO party of the year .... http://www.cqp.org/


73, John NZ6Q

I was born and raised in California and first licensed in 1974 as WN6IQZ. Credit (My YL says "blame") goes to Lloyd Bumpus N6EL (now SK) for getting me into ham radio at age 12. I first watched him carry on a CW conversation with his twin brother (N5EL). After watching him work that Swan radio, I was hooked! CW has been one of my favorite modes ever since... I got my Novice License and built an HW-101 as my first "rig". Thanks to a lot of "elmering" from another great ham neighbor, Cliff Kurtz, N6ZU (now SK) it actually worked. Sadly, Cliff N6ZU passed away July 1, 2014.  He will be missed more than words can say... 

I upgraded to Extra in 1989. I kept the WA6IQZ call for nearly 35 years until I saw the NZ6Q call on the FCC's website and figured it to be a good blend of my own call and the two great hams that got me started. Now the "new" NZ6Q continues to open a new chapters in my ham radio life - new club memberships, a new home and station and new opportunities - like my DX-pedition dream, more serious contesting efforts and more radio fun. I get a real taste of it every year activating "rare" counties with close friends in the California QSO Party.

Communicating is my life's passion, and amateur radio continues as the catalist. My first 'real' job was as a DJ in a local radio station when I was 16, then the youngest full-time E911 dispatcher hired by the Stockton Police Department at 18. For the next 25 years, I would build, manage and train dispatchers in communication centers in California, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. Today I work for Comcast as a Sales Engineer designing Ethernet Communication Services for mid-size and larger business customers. Check out my page on Linked-In for more work info.

My YL and I spent the last 10 years caring for my mother during her long fight against Alzheimer's disease (www.alz.org)., While I still work and live in the home in which I grew up in California, we also have purchased a home near Atlanta to be again by our children & grandchildren - which now total 6.

In ham radio, I stay active in ARES and as part of our local VE Team. I'm on 2 meters, 440 and HF when I'm mobile. I love contesting, chasing DX and just plain having fun on the radio. I love HF mobile. I'm always amazed that I can talk around the world while driving to the store. I just installed a CW keyer in the car - watch out!! On APRS? check out my mobile aprs here or portable here . APRS is a great marriage of GPS technology and Amateur Radio.

I'm a proud life member of the ARRL. Are you?


My Grandchildren - love them all!


Ulysses (6) w/Mario                                     Hadrian (3)                                                Vespacian (7)


 Baby Daisy (b: 12/21/13)                                     Baby Emma (b: 12/28/13)


 Ed, N6XMA, with the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch - Wheels for Meals Bike Ride - SAG                                     John, NZ6Q Net Control Linden Bike Race 2014

Homebrew N6GTO 30 - 10 Meter Wire Yagi @ CQP Site 2012


John NZ6Q, Bill AE6J 200 QSO/12-meter pile-up                                                   Super-Station W7RN Stacked Yagi's


Even after 9 children and now (December 2014) four grandsons and two grand daughters, I still find time for this GREAT HOBBY!

The NZ6Q Georgia station will be housed on the lower level of our home with almost 800 sq feet of "shack". There will be three operating positions, and eventually two towers. Hygain vertical on 80 - 10, a full size 160 meter delta loop at 100 ft and multi-band yagi's at 50ft on 40 - 10. After visiting the W7RN station, Amplifiers and QRO for each band is a must! 

I will soon live that DX pile-up dream and enjoy ham radio from a whole different part of the world. In the meantime, my adventures are right here, on the back roads of California in my Subaru Outback; with 3 radios, 4 antennas, and my "best gal beside me" . .... .. .... .. (HIHI)


John, NZ6Q

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