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                                                                        AE6PL - Peter                   K6LIZ - Liz

Our Stations...

BASE OPERATION

  • Yaesu FT-991.  Overall, nice.
  • Radiosport RS60CF headset with footswitch PTT.  Love it.  Love it.  Love it.
  • HF antenna is 20/40m dipole at 10m on masts straddling the house.  I'm getting fantastic signal reports overall and think it's at a very nice height.  Pulleys atop each mast afford me the opportunity to lower and raise various wire antennae.

MOBILE OPERATION

Yaesu FTM-400XDR.  I've not really warmed up to VHF/UHF operations yet.  But it's in place when we need it.  We activate our APRS beacon (AE6PL-9) for our portable HF operations.   

PORTABLE OPERATIONS

Here is where K6LIZ and I are having the most fun!

For minimalist operations (day hikes):

  • Yaesu FT891 
  • End-fed 40m-10m wire antenna
  • Bioenno 20AH battery, maybe our 12Ah also as a spare
For operations near the car we add:
  • TransWorld 2010P 5-band antenna.  Getting fantastic reports with this gem.
  • MFJ 939Y tuner
  • 120W solar panel, usually keeps us topped off all day
  • Epic PWRgate

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KFF-0021 Death Valley National Park, CA - 30 DEC 17.  4254' and 65°F.  Location was the Father Crowley Overlook, which is just inside the park on the western side.  We had a blast.  Many quality contacts... thanks all (we each got 44+)!  I always chuckle at the disappointment / confusion from hunters when Liz hands the mic over to me.  Talk about bait-and-switch!  We got some great feedback on the 'unique' QSL cards we send for our POTA activations.

 

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KFF-1141 Crystal Cove State Park, CA - 16 DEC17.  101' and 59°F.  Not our finest hour.  Cold (southern California cold, not Buffalo cold), unprepared, fender-bender, grumpy, a little hungry and marginal propogation.  We got 12 contacts each, cut and ran.  Best part were the few contacts we made... always good to hear Heidi and Bob...  thanks all!  Yes, the damage was in the front so we all know whose fault it was.

 

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KFF-0639 Los Padres National Forest, CA - 02 DEC17.  8300' and 42°F.  Fingers didn't write so quickly, but we each logged 44+ contacts each for the first time (for either of us)!  Thanks again to all.  And thanks to the 'regulars' whose calls we're starting to recognize.  This is becoming most addictive.  Special thanks to the two rocks that volunteered into service to keep the canopy from blowing away for a second time.  K6LIZ is getting much more comfortable.  She's doing a GREAT job.

 

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KFF-3595 Will Rogers State Historic Park, CA - 26 NOV 17.  The first activation for this park.  Our modular system is great.  Bins go from a cabinet to the trunk to the wagon to the portable station setup.  Park ranger gave us the stink-eye, but then let us set up after he asked his momma.

 

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KFF-0071 Yosemite National Park, CA - 23 Nov 17 Thanksgiving day. We really were thankful!  All our contacts were made from Glacier Point.  WX was perfect!  What a marvelous way to spend Thanksgiving!  We are always thankful for the gracious and patient hams who made our efforts worthwhile.

  

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KFF-1169 Malibu Creek State Park, CA - 18 NOV 17.  This was a 4.5 mile round-trip hike to the film set of the TV series M*A*S*H.  Sincere thanks again to those who found us.  You really make our adventures fun.  I am always impressed by the hospitality and patience of other hams.

  

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Our first park activation!

KFF-3430 Emma Wood State Beach, CA - 12 NOV 17.  Liz got her 10 contacts as the band was drying up.  She just passed her general exam!  I'm so proud of her.  We're going to have fun with POTA.  Thanks to all who made contact with us.  This was the first activation for this park.

 

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We use a foldable wagon into which 6 clear plastic bins easily nest.  Inside each bin is our gear secured inside bubble-wrap envelopes. This seems to be a cheap easy way to store and protect our gear.  We keep the essentials in just two bins.  Our system is working well, and always being fine-tuned.  Everything gets packed into a Honda Civic, so we are all about space efficiency and multi-use.  When set up our rig on the folding table, we secure the feet of the PWRGate and RigRunner with clear packing tape onto the table.  It holds quite well and comes off cleanly when we're packing up.  It is a pretty small table and I'm a klutz so securing equipment is a necessity.  

 

Other aspects of my life...

I fund a scholarship at Cal State Northridge for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students there are so much smarter than I was.  It's a delight to see the potential of so many young minds.  Would I like to do it all over again?  Heck NO.  I'm on the final glide to retirement.

Speaking of final glide, I'm a glider pilot and airplane (single engine land) with an instrument rating. I haven't flown in a few years... it's just too expensive. 

Speaking of expensive, I am a Magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA (photo on my QSL card).  It's a wonderful place.  Passing the audition took a lot of work.

Speaking of a lot of work, I work in a technical field with piezoelectric sensors and MEMS accelerometers. It's been a fun gig.

Speaking of a fun gig, K6LIZ is truly the love of my life.  I'm so lucky to have such a good woman in my world.

Speaking of my world, K6LIZ and I love to see it. We love road trips and train vacations.  The California Zephyr and Coast Starlight (our primary pic for QRZ) are our favorites so far.  We love to do portable operations from parks and peaks, and are just starting out in that endeavor.  There are so many mistakes to make, and so much more to learn.

 

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