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Hi!  Hope to hear you on the air soon.  If we've just had a QSO - thanks for the contact and 73!  (Brian)

Affiliations:  LOTW, eQSL, Ten-Ten #: 77432, ARRL, Hughes ARC, TRW ARC, South Bay ARC, QRZ

Location:  Manhattan Beach, CA  USA, Grid DM03tv, ITU Zone 6, CQ Zone 3

About Me:   I'm a semi-retired Systems/Electrical Engineer (BSSE/MSEE) and former aerospace executive who now consults part-time supporting new communications, sensing and navigation technology development for space and ground systems.  I specialize in the conception, design and delivery of digital signal processing (DSP) payloads for satellites and ground terminals, with additional background in the analog RF, power electronics, antenna and control systems needed to support them. 

About K6BRN:   I was introduced to Amateur Radio in the 1970's at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, CT, where I built my first HF receiver.  Later licensed as KC6HPN (Tech+ code), I had fun developing early 9600 baud VHF/UHF packet modems and also ran packet, RTTY, AMTOR and SSB voice on 10M, initially with a Heathkit HW-101 I restored, then with a more modern Kenwood TS-440S.  But I experimented far more than I operated, so don't be surprised if I'm not in your log from that period.  Placed on the "Back Burner" in 2002 due to family and work demands, my exploration of Amateur Radio did not resume until late 2015, when I rebuilt my station, refurbished the antennas and resumed operating with the new call sign of K6BRN, upgraded to Extra class.

My Equipment:   Its always changing.  Today, my main HF rig is a Yaesu FTDX-3000/VL-1000 Quadra combo, backed up by an Icom IC-R75 search receiver and an SDRplay RSP-1 for spectrum monitoring.  TX signal quality is monitored using an LP-700 (always in-line) plus a 100 MHz oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer connected to an RF coupler as needed.  A variety of new and old equipment, some solid-state and some tube, is also swapped in and out as I experiment with it. A  modest, "low-rise" antenna farm includes a Mosley TA-33-MW/TA-40-KR yagi as the main HF antenna, up just 36 feet, a Diamond A502HB two element 6M beam mounted above it at 45 feet, a Comet XC-333 triband VHF/UHF vertical above that at 47 feet, a MyAntennas EFHW-8010-2K wire antenna at 25 feet in a horizontal "V" configuration, Comet CHA250B HF vertical at 35 feet, and a discone at 35 feet, for VHF/UHF monitoring.  A permanent antenna test stand sits in the back yard and allows me to quickly mount, raise and test antennas.

What I Like to Do:  I enjoy building/rebuilding/experimenting with electronics and antennas, good technical debates, general rag-chewing and social events.  In QSOs, I've always preferred the digital modes, though SSB is fun, too. 

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