I worked for RCA and General Electric for 15 years as an electronic technician, specializing in audio and video circuitry. I made the transition to Information Technology around the time the San Francisco Forty Niners won their 5th Super bowl. Since that time, I’ve enjoyed employment with Sonoma State University and currently with a nearby County government.
I was born and raised in San Rafael, California, a Marin County Native. I was first licensed at age 14 as WN6IKQ in 1974. I enjoy DXing and contesting, mainly CW, but will plug in the Mic once in awhile. My current QTH is in the beautiful Sonoma County Wine country.
My home station consists of an ICOM IC-7700, IC7600 and 2 Elecraft K3, P3, KPA500, KAT500, YCCC SO2R box, Six Pak. I won the IC-7700 as the grand prize winner at the 2009 Visalia International DX convention and the IC7600 at Visalia 2016 breakfast raffle. How sweet is that??!! Antennas at the moment are a F-12 C3 at 50’ and a multi band trapped dipole and SteppIR BigIR vertical. I purchased a Steppir DB18E and hope to get it in the air soon. I also have a TS-570D at our cabin on the West shore of Lake Tahoe and random wires.
I work a lot DX while mobile.Currently, (as of 6/1/16) I have 124 countries from my mobile rig. I operate mobile on my way to and from work. It's a 30 mile drive, which can take up to an hour each way. I'm usually on between 1500Z-1700Z during the morning commute and 0000Z - 0200Z during the evening commute.
My current mobile rig consists of an Icom IC-7000 in the truck with an AH-4 auto-tuner and a 8' stainless steel whip antenna, output is 100W. I purchased this mobile system(IC706mkIIg), along with a SCS PACTOR III modem in 2002 when I sailed a Cal 36' (36' sailboat) from San Francisco to Hawaii. The system worked flawlessly on our 18 day voyage across the Pacific Ocean. I loaded the boats backstay and with the ocean as our counterpoise I enjoyed DXing, maritime mobile net check-ins and Sailmail (PACTOR) for the crew of 3. I was in my element :I was fishing, sailing, and I had my ham radio! I didn’t realize the uplifting effect it had on the crew when I would yell, “Mail Call!” An experience of a lifetime!
When I’m not DXing and contesting… I enjoy cycling, mountain biking, skiing, cooking, wine making, racing Laser sailboats, bass guitar in a couple bands, flyfishing and gardening.
QSL VIA LOTW, BUREAU or DIRECT. LOTW is preferred. This info is also good for my former call WA6IKQ.
FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License - Elements 1,3,8
7522003 Last modified: 2016-08-22 16:14:59, 5108 bytes
You must be logged in to file a report on this page
Book Totals: 262 qso's 16 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM