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Formerly K9IDZ (Chicago area) . After 30 years or so living in Los Angeles area, and 50+ years as a K9, I figured it was time be be a real Californian. Became KK6AL in Oct. of 2011.

My first Novice CW QSO was back in 1956 or so in Chicagoland. It was with a station in "Kidar Rapids", Iowa (or so I copied it on that exciting day). Musta been a bum fist...  I got "_,_  .." instead of "_._.   ."

For many days days now, I operate HF from my "home away from home" VW camper with Kenwood 440S...and 2, 220 and 440 on my l'il Chinese hand helds.

Then one day, Cliff  told me I should check out D-STAR. My wallet never had a chance. Now, it's almost 100% D-STAR and D-Rats. Interesting technology, interesting people and pursuits, new stuff all the time (for example, I just swapped pix with a ham in Netherlands while on a D-Rats chat). It's all good.


My, My...how time doeth fly.

It's now mid 2014 and most operating is done on 10 meter SSB and DSTAR.  The new little ICOM 7100 (what a nice little radio!) is kept warm by HF SSB,CW, DSTAR, FM, AM PSK31 and HELL...as well as VHF/UHF SSB, and DSTAR on 440 on the Southern California PAPA system (REF012A). CCS # 7380.  G5RV Lite flying high. Also having a bit of fun with ICOM's remote control software operating all bands from anywhere there is a good internet signal.

P.S.   P.S  It's now late 2015.  HF conditions are stinko...but been having fun with  many great DSTAR projects including Raspberry Pi and related linking devices. Running DSTAR in the car anywhere...with or without a nearby repeater.  Early this year I had a fine couple of DSTAR QSO's from a commercial airliner that had newly installed WiFi...later in the year they cut out airborne streaming... end of DSTAR at 30,000 feet!  Added DMR to the lineup and our PAPA club followed up with many great mountaintop repeaters. 

Thanks to our loyal leader Cecil, WD6FZA, our club, the PAPA SYSTEM is a spectacular asset.  ANALOG, DSTAR (REF012) and DMR repeaters on mountains from San Diego to North of Santa Barbara...from Palm Springs to Malibut.  Great coverage.  DSTAR Roundtable (hours of tech fun) every week is on REF012 every Thursday at 8:00 PM, West Coast time.  What does PAPA mean?  Pocket Autopatch.  Now there's some history that really was fun to use. 


Ahhhh....another digital mode in mid-2016...Fusion and Wires-X.  Very pleasant, very high fidelity audio.  Having fun on the Los Angeles Repeater  "LA REPEATER " Room  21042 . 

It's still all good.  Look forward to working you on DSTAR (REF012A), DMR (Brandmeister California 3106 or SOCAL), or FUSION, generally hang out in Room 21042, or my Node 18562 or Room 28562. 

What next?   Lightbeam...Smoke signals???  It's all fun. 



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