I have been licensed since 1972 and kept my call after moving to California. My current rig is a Kenwood TS-590S, an Elecraft KPA500, and a stealthy 40-30-20-15 meter dipole way up at 15 feet (!) I also have a Cushcraft R6000 vertical on a short mast. Recently I put up an 80m half-wave loop, and finally I can sort of operate on that band, except for interference problems among my neighbors. For receiving, I sometimes use a Wellbrook ALA1530 shielded loop, which removes a lot of local QRM such as plasma TV radiation. It sits out in the yard when I need it.
I enjoy operating CW and have finally achieved DXCC (200+) and WAS. I'm also a casual contester and member of NCCC. To date, I have exactly 1 QSO on SSB; at least I know that the microphone works! Maybe more in the future... In the photo above, you can see me huddled over my tiny operating position that is dominated by the mighty HP 8568B spectrum analyzer. And yes, I'm dressed for cold weather because it's January and the shop is really cold! Try operating QRQ with gloves on some time... My website is:http://www.wb9jps.com
I'm an electronics engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a graduate of the University of Illinois. My professional interests and experience are instrumentation, high-performance analog and interface circuit design, and physics diagnostics. I wrote two books, "LabVIEW Graphical Programming" and "LabVIEW Power Programming" and currently have nine patents in various fields. In my spare time, I enjoy fine woodworking, metalworking, bicyling, and hiking.
Here's my QSL card. That's a view of Mount Diablo during February, as seen from my front door. The fields are now all filled with Chardonnay grapevines, owned by Wente Bros. winery. Livermore is a big winegrowing area, among the first in the U.S. as it turns out. Also used to be a huge rose growing area.
Here is my mighty antenna farm. Hard to see? That's the idea. Paint your antenna with flat grey automotive primer, and it blends well with the sky and does not catch a glint in the sun. Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets in my CC&R community, where nobody has ratted on me yet. I have a nice T-shirt from hamapparel.com that says "HOA? Heck No." That's my motto for a retirement location, a few years from now... Dreaming of that aluminum overcast.
My Three Keys. I made the straight key from Cocbolo with hardware turned from brass. The Vibroplex is new (to me) and I'm still practicing before turning myself loose on the world with my "Carolina swing" fist. I'm now using a Begali Sculpture as my main paddle but the Bencher will remain as a backup.
SKCC member number 8335. Happy to QRS!
Livermore, CA, is also one of only two cities in the US to have an element named after it, the other being Berkeley, CA.
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