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UPDATE 28 MAY 2017:  Dayton Hamvention was a blast! Some weather issues, but that didn't stop everyone from having fun. I attended Contest University on Thursday and had dinner with the CWops group. I also got to man the CWops booth for an hour on Friday, which was fun! I bought some coax and a 40 meter dipole and I am now back on 40 meters! So many goodies I wanted, but alas only so much money in the pocket.

UPDATE 30 APR 2017:  Excited to be going to DAYTON HAMVENTION 2017 in a three weeks!  I'll be attending Contest University, having dinner with fellow CWops members, and manning the CWops booth for an hour on Friday. I can't wait to see what kind of new radios might be revealed. Fingers crossed for a new Kenwood mobile or base station. Begali is going to release a new key, and I'm curious about that as well.

Before Dayton Hamvention, I'll be at the Stanwood-Camano ARC swapfest to sell some gear. Maybe I'll make enough to get something at Dayton?

UPDATE 29 JAN 2017:  New Spiderbeam 5-band yagi is now up!


Licensed since 1992 as KD6QBQ then upgraded to extra a few months later and received my new callsign AB6YO. I had a few callsign changes due to moving to new call districts (AB7YO, AL1V, K7MGR). Now I am NG7W and holding on to it unless I move again (no plans on that! I love Washington state!)

My elmers were Bill Fleming N6WPG (SK) and Jim McCauley AB6EU (SK). I started out as a shortwave listener (I still am!) and then got bit by the amateur bug when I was 12. I am still to this day in mourning of all the great shortwave stations that have gone off the air in the past 15 years or so. There is more to SWLing than broadcast stations. I am always trying to find and figure out utility stations.

I was heavily involved in local 2-meter packet as well as 2-meter voice. I ran a local Packet BBS (MSYS) in the San Joaquin Valley that offered NASA bulletins, Keplerian elements, and satellite/shuttle tracking passes for the area. Then the internet took over taking casual VHF packet out of regular service. 

Thanks to my late elmer Jim AB6EU, I got involved as a net control station for Northern California's 2-meter NTS net in the mid-1990s. Perhaps I'll get back into traffic handling some day.

Some of my best amateur radio memories were working the MIR space station and attempting to work the SAREX space shuttle missions. Working the Russian MIR space station with a 5-watt packet setup was just the most exciting thing a teenager could do.

When I'm not on the air, I can be found either working as a cardiac ultrasound technologist or traveling somewhere exotic to try new food. I studied piano in college and although I don't play anymore, I am an avid classical music lover and I do like going to the opera and symphony every so often. I am also the humble servant of 3 felines that allow me to reside in their house.

All contacts get a QSL via LOTW and eQSL. I will send you a physical card if you send me one; no SASE required. I love getting and sending physical QSL cards. I also use the bureau, so that's a good way to save some cash. With the upcoming dramatic increase in outgoing QSL bureau rates, I will be saving cards up longer before I send out a batch. That means I might not send out a batch for at least 6 months at a time. So, bureau will be slow... but I will absolutely send them!


Member of:

ARRL (Life Member)
Stanwood Camano Amateur Radio Club
Island County Amateur Radio Club
Orca DX & Contest Club

CWops #1586
SKCC #12575
FISTS #16486
NAQCC #7217
PODXS 070 #2402
QCWA #37437

My main rig is the Kenwood TS-590SG with a microHAM microKEYER II. My favorite band is 20 meters, but I also like to work the WARC bands for some casual ragchewing. Light contesting is also fun (search and pounce handing out points). I enjoy keeping up with the new technologies and modes coming out for amateur radio, but I certainly love the classics -- especially CW and RTTY. You can catch me most Wednesday evenings during the CWT activities put on by the CW Operator's Club.

I am most active on CW, RTTY, PSK31, and JT65. I've found WSPR a great "beaconing" mode for checking out propagation.

My station consists of:
     Kenwood TS-590SG (HF base)
     Kenwood TM-D710G (144/440, packet, and APRS base)
     Kenwood TH-D72A (144/440 HT that I use for APRS mobile)
     Kenwood TH-F6A (144/220/440 HT)
     Spiderbeam 5-band HD yagi up only about 15 feet
     Inverted-Vee dipole for 40 meters
     Comet CX-333 144/220/440 vertical antenna on the top of my house

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