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Bio: Law enforcement retired Chief, currently Professor of Law teaching constitutional criminal procedure. Attorney, active member of the State Bar of California and admitted to practice before the United States federal courts. Sworn as a Deputy District Attorney since 1993, handling a number of major homicide cases and murder trials over the years. Doctorate of Law (J.D.) Cal Northern School of Law (1993) I am currently also working part time on a death penalty murder case which is being appealed.  Hobbys in addition to amateur radio include traveling in the RV, Harley motorcycle, playing with the tractor and the quad, shooting, and sport cars (C-5 Corvette and Mazda Miata). I recently completed a three (3) day high performance (racing) driving school for ZR-1 and Z06 Corvettes at Spring Mountain road course in Nevada. ... GREAT FUN AT 135 MPH!!!

Amateur radio operator since 1976, tested at the good 'ol 555 Battery St., S.F offices. Active DX'er on the low bands, mostly long path to Europe during the winter season. I do not chase paper or QSL cards, but If you want a QSL card from me, please send SASE to me direct and I will QSL 100%

Station: Yaesu FTDX 5000D, Kenwood TS-950SDX; Icom 7600;Mics are a Radiosport headset for the 500, and a Heil on the 950SDX. 4 Sq. vertical array for 40 / 80 meters, four (4) element monoband yagis at approx. 65' on 20 and 56' and a log periodic on 17 through 10 meters. Currently have two towers, 63' and 54', and the four square on five (5) acres. Amplifiers include a Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5 SKFX solid state, and a Commander 2500. I operate RV mobile frequently in the summer, and have a second radio in the shop connected to the attenna system. All antennas are remotely switched with the towers located about 300' from the shack. Located in Nr. California. As of June 2014, have worked 280 countries

Photo on the left taken on day of retirement in 2008

2015 marks 40 years of combined Peace Officer and prosecutorial experience, and 8 years as a professor of law

Photo on the right taken in 1977

40/80 meter 4 square. Hygain hightower sections with home-brew top elements. Free standing with the standard tilt over base. Radial system is buried and approximately 60 radials per antenna connected electrically in a grid. The array is fed with 75 ohm military hard line. Phase network by Comtek. The four square has worked 199 countries on 80 as of April 2014, mostly SSB

20 meter 4 element mono-band yagi on front tower. Back tower has a 4 element 15 meter yagi. Wire inverted V 's for 160,6, 40 and 75 (for local contacts)

Kenwood TS950SDX on left, Yaesu FTDX 5000D on right. The Yaesu FTDX 5000D has the best receiver and filtering I have ever heard.

C-5 Chevrolet Corvette. No room for radios, but who cares.

85 mph right hander at Spring Mountain Roadcourse in NV. Car is a race prepared 2013 Z06 Corvette. Great fun

Hot air balloon ride in New Mexico in 2011 which ended in a crash into a street light pole and a pick up truck


  1. If you come upon a pileup, find the exact DX frequency and slowly tune up your KW right on his frequency. Take your time doing this as it has        maximum effect this way. The longer you take, the better. It lets others know that YOU are going to call the DX.

  2. If you cannot wait to find out the DX call sign, ask, "What is the DX call sign?" On CW send ?DX?? Call?" Do NOT listen, this takes time. DO this  repeatedly until someone gives you the DX call. This will show all others on frequency that you are serious about wanting to work this DX. This is called  sharing.

  3. When you find out the DX call, repeat your call over and over again on the DX frequency. Even if he is working split there is a chance he may be    listening on his transmit frequency.

  4. When the DX says "ABC only"- Don't believe him. If he says "Europe only" - Don't believe him. If he says, "2's  only" - Don't believe him. Keep giving your call "XYZ? !!.XYZ !! .XYZ !! How Copy MARIO?" Make sure you use  his name when you call him, he may think you are someone he knows. It must work as we hear it on bands all the  time so it has to be effective. Don't pay attention to directional calls. When did any DX know what they wanted ?  What matters most is what YOU want.

  5. To get the DX to work other modes tell him you want to set up a schedule later which is convenient to you. You  should wait until the pileup has built up to several hundred and just before the band is about to go out, then ask  him to meet you on CW, PSK31, RTTY or SSB at a set time and frequency. Above all, make sure you tell him that  YOU need him on these modes. This will endear you in the hearts of all on frequency, it shows that you can work more than one mode and are a well-  rounded amateur.

  6. If you have worked the DX previously make sure you call him and tell him that he is stronger than the last 6 times you worked him this week. The DX  station will want to know this. Others on frequency will respect you more, you will be recognized as a Big Gun DXer.

  7. When you find a DX pileup, to bring your operating skills to a higher level and impress all those on frequency - Zero beat the DX send "QRL? Is this  frequency in use?" This shows character and that you are truly a caring person.

  8. When finally making the DX contact, give the DX some background about yourself, TX, RX, ANT, WX, how many children and grandchildren you  have, where they went to college, what size bedroom slipper you wear, or any other items of interest to the DX. This shows that you are not just a 59  kind of guy. This is most effective when the band is just about to fold.

  9. After you have worked the DX you will need the QSL route. Although this will be listed on the DX packet cluster, in ARRL & DX News Letters, and  on the Internet, there is no reason for you to go to all the bother of reading these sources. You can just keep calling on the DX frequency."What is the  QSL Information?" If you don't get a reply with the information after 8 or 10 calls, keep it up, your persistence will payoff. There are plenty of other  stations on frequency who are waiting to work the DX who have read these publications and they willing and ready to help you.

10. If you are an east coast licensee operating in another call area, be sure to never call just "CQDX" Always further announce that you are "checking propagation" to a specific part of the world. If any other DX or stateside station calls you, either ignore them, or respond in as rude a manner as you can provide, chiding them for calling you when you are clearly only interested in working stations from a particular part of the world. If anyone has the gall to tell you that you are interfering with an existing QSO or emergency net, DO NOT QRT OR MOVE. This will ensure everyone knows you are smarter than everyone else, and only YOU can decide where and when you operate.



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