New callsign: NA6O as of Aug. 23, 2014 (I call it my turbo CW callsign; it's worth 1 S-unit in pileups). Formerly WB9JPS, licensed since 1972 and originally from Illinois. 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 achieved DXCC (215+) on 7 bands, 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. 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... The station resides on a cart that I origianlly built for some test equpment and it can be rolled around and covered up when a woodworking project is in progress. Dust is a big problem and I'm forever tidying up. 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. The Begali Sculpture is my main paddle; it's better than I am. I made the straight key from Cocbolo with hardware turned from brass. The Vibroplex is a beautiful piece of machinery, something I always wanted from when I was a teenager. To quote K1JD, "Bugs keep us honest."
SKCC member number 8335. (Happy to QRS!) CWops member number 1345.
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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