July 11, 2015: Here are some links to iCloud Journals with pictures of some of my Amateur Radio adventures:
June 18, 2015: This evening I was given the honor of being re-elected President of the Northern California DX Club for the 2015-2016 term! Amateur Radio and DXing have given me such enjoyment over the years, and this is another high point in my Amateur career.
May 20, 2015: Today I was very pleased and surprised when my brother-in-law, John, presented me with a VT-218 Ionospherical Exciter – which he built from parts gleaned from eBay.
This beauty has my callsign engraved on the front plaque, a green glowing Power-On lamp, a working DC ammeter and a ceramic-socketed Eimac VT-218 tube in a glass chimney Illuminated by a ring of LEDs.
I turned this bad boy on and 17 meters immediately opened up to Europe!!
I really had a good time in Visalia, CA at the 2015 International DX Convention - and particularly during the Saturday evening Banquet Raffle drawing when I won a new ICOM IC-7100 !!
I am one lucky guy, and I know it !!
John Miller, K6MM, Kevin Rowett, K6TD and Rich Seifert, KE1B, are organizing the 2015 International DX Convention in Visalia, CA - April 17-19, 2015. The IDXC 2015 is going to be a great convention and I encourage my fellow DXers to attend:
K6MKF Elected NCDXC President 2014-2015
Jim, K8JRK presents the President's gavel to Mike, K6MKF
For me, Amateur Radio just keeps getting better and better! The Northern California DX Club has elected me President for the 2014-2015 term, and in addition, approved my application for Life Membership. It was a big night for me!
SteppIR 3L 40/30 - Antenna Party
On June 14, 2014 a great crew of my fellow DXers assembled at my QTH to help me put my SteppIR 3L 40/30 yagi up on my 40 foot mast. Here's the crew celebrating success!
And here's what success looks like!
NCDXC 2013 DXER OF THE YEAR
K6KLY, NCDXC 2013 DXer of the Year K6MKF, N6SJ
NCDXC 2013 DXER OF THE YEAR
As is the custom, the Saturday night convention banquet is when the organizing club’s President makes certain club awards for the year. There were over 800 of the world’s top DXers in the audience including Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT, a Nobel Laureate in Physics from Princeton University.
Russ Benson, K6KLY, NCDXC President and Steve Jones, N6SJ, Chairman of the Awards Committee, announced that I had been named the NCDXC 2013 DXer of the year. To say I was surprised would be a massive understatement!
Until that moment I had considered being on the 3D2C 2012 Conway Reef DXpedition team as being the high point of my Amateur Radio career. Now I have a new peak Amateur Radio experience that is really going to be hard to top.
3D2C TEAM MEMBER
I was privileged to be a member of the 3D2C Conway Reef 2012 DXpedition Team. We were QRV from Conway Reef 26 SEP - 3 OCT 2012 and we logged 71693 QSOs with Amateurs around the world. Participating as a member of this team had been the high point of my Amateur Radio career before being awarded the NCDXC Dxer of the Year for 2013.
More details at the 3D2C website: http://www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html
Also, I am now Trustee for W6NAG - Lupton Downs ARC. Check us out on QRZ.COM at http://www.qrz.com/db/W6NAG/
The San Jose, CA shack includes an Elecraft K3, P3, KAT500 and KPA500, a 756Pro2, an IC-7000, an Ameritron AL-811H,a Force 12 C3-SS beam up at 44 feet and an inverted vee for 160-80-40 meters. I'm now running lots of CW on 10, 15 and 20 meters. I'm a member of the Northern California DX Club, and I have achieved my Mixed, Phone, Digital, CW, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M and 10M DXCC Certificates, as well as the Diamond DXCC Challenge Award and the DXCC Challenge Award. I also enjoy ragchewing on SSB and the occassional PSK31 QSO.
K6MKF's Ham History
Back in late 1968 I got my Novice ticket in Poughkeepsie, NY, thanks in large part to my first Elmer, Dan Sullivan, WB2PED. Dan was a member of the Poughkeepsie Amateur Radio Club (PARC) and helped a lot of us wannabe hams to get licensed. He administered my Novice exam and after what seemed forever, I got my ticket and call - WN2JLQ. Here I am as WN2JLQ in my ham shack in Poughkeepsie. You can see the old Hammarlund SP-600-JX rack mount receiver. The power supply weighed a ton and was on the floor behind me. The transmitter to my right is a crystal controlled Eico 720 with a home-brew antenna tuner. My antenna was a long-wire run out through the bathroom window. From the old picture I can make out a Heathkit SWR meter ( which I still have) and a Q-Multiplier. The key was an old Lafayette Radio (Hi-Mounds) model in a black plastic case with a clear plastic top. Just a little peanut whistle rig, but I worked Scotland from New York, largely because the SP-600-JX was such a great receiver.
The early 1980's found me back in my hometown of Hagerstown, MD. My interest in ham radio again awakened and I sought out the local ham club - the Antietam Radio Association. Through the club I met Bill Drager, K3UMV, who was to become my second Elmer. Bill helped me re-license as a Novice and then helped me to upgrade to General. Here's a picture of me as KA3FJD up one of my two 40-foot towers installing two 8-element beams in a phased array on 2 meters. I had an 80 meter dipole between this and the back tower, and ran a Signal One RX-7 through a home-brew tuner. I drove the 2 meter beams with an FT-107 H/T through an amplifier and worked virtually every repeater within 200 mile s. I even worked a lot of 2 meter RTTY using this rig and an old Western Electric Model 15 teletype. What a rattle-trap that was! Bill Drager, K3UMV, was a great elmer, and he was my first Novice and General contact as KA3FJD. I think it was in 1983 that I was elected President of the Antietam Radio Association, but moved to Washington, D.C. before I could complete my term. Hagerstown has an interesting connection to Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, Co-founder and for many years President of the ARRL and well-known to amateurs as "the old man". HPM married the daughter of Maryland's Gov. Hamilton, and when HPM died, he was buried in the Hamilton family plot in the Rose Hill cemetery on the south side of Hagerstown, MD. I have been fortunate enough to have acquired Hiram Percy Maxim's signature, which he signed and dated just about 5 months before his death in February, 1936. This sits in a frame at my operating position and is my personal link back to the beginnings of our hobby.
Just before moving to Washington, D.C. I upgraded and was granted the call KD3AN. I held this call while I lived in Washington. While I lived in D.C., I was a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Amateur Radio Club. When I moved to California. I operated as KD3AN from Boulder Creek, CA for many years.
After 11 years in California I finally decided to cut my last ham radio ties to the East coast. Thanks to the FCC's Vanity Callsign program I now am K6MKF. Thanks to the support I've received from the members of the Northern California DX Club I've been able to achieve my various DX awards.
Thanks for checking out my QRZ.COM page. I hope to work you on the bands!!
Town Crest of Mönchberg, Germany - where the Kegreiss branch of our family goes back to 1574.
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