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First licensed as a Technician on 4/05/2010 as KJ6GRN, upgraded to General on 7/02/2010, upgraded to Amateur Extra on10/01/2010. Changed callsign to K6MA on11/06/2010 and became an ARRL Volunteer Examiner on 11/06/2010.

Due to Homeowners Association Rules I am prevented from putting up a real antenna so have to manage with a wire offset-center fed dipole. This was the third, and so far, best antenna that is in use. I live at an elevation of 1320 feet surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and open to the ocean on the 4th side (South South West), so it is difficult to Tx/Rx signals unless the propagation gods are helping.

Currently experimenting with a new style of magnetic loop antenna. Will present results when testing is completed.

Active in ARES as an Emergency Coordinator for the Los Angeles Northwest districtand a member of the Rapid Response Team. Take part in as many drills as possible and also in public events to spread the word about amateur radio and emergency communications. First took part in the Baker to Vegas event, at Stage 9, in 2012 and will again be participating this year (2013). Our ARES section encourages education so the following courses have been taken:

FEMA Introduction to the Incident Command System IS-00100.b

FEMA ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident IS-00200.b

FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-00700.a

FEMA National Response Framework IS-00800.b

CERT Community Emergency Response Team

ARRL CE-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication

I like to build "stuff" and educating myself about all aspects of ham radio [it is like trying to drink from a firehose : > )]

For the Rapid Response Team and ARES activities a "Go-Box" was fabricated (see photo). It contains an HF radio, a 1.25 M radio, a power supply and battery charger (for when 110 volts is available), plus antennas. It can be powered by a battery, solar powered battery charger and a modified 

Honda generator which can now run on; natural gas, propane or gasoline (see photo).

Also built a light 2 Meter "Go-Kit" in a briefcase with a 35 Watt amplifier for use with an HT (see photo)

Member of Summits On The Air (SOTA) but have not been too active in this area even though I am a good hiker (see photo). Designed and built a lightweight (2 lbs) portable "workstation" for my SOTA activities (see photo).

Currenly investigating the possibility of setting up an ultra low frequency (0.01 Hz) listening station as a couple of technical papers I have read (Italy and Stanford University) have indicated that there is a possibility that activity in this band may be a predicter of a large earthquake (this is California).


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