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I became interested in Ham radio before High School but I missed a chance to become licensed in the early 60's. On my job I became acquainted with several members of the local Ham Radio Club and and "W6EXP" Ralph Blake (SK) offered to help me obtain a license with his evening coaching at his home. When I could copy Morse Code at 8 wpm I took and passed the code and written exam in February of 1972 and received my Novice license via snail mail in April 1972 with operating privileges beginning March 22, 1972. My Novice Call was WN6QFI, a real doosy on CW at least for me. I upgraded to General March 22, 1973 as "WA6QFI". Joined the local MARS group and passed many messages to GI's and tbeir family's.

In the late 70's I took seven years off from Ham Radio after I became a local Volunteer Fire Chief and took night and weekend classes the local Junior College and statewide classes for a Fire Science / Criminal Justice degree for a planned vocation change plus helped my spouse with the raising of our three children. I am proud to say I am presently a grandpa times eight and a great grandpa times four. My spouse Gloria became a coded General without my prodding or coaching and two of our grown children are also licensed. One of our grandchildren seems interested but I could always do with another surprise. 

After job related accident and multiple back surgeries in the mid 1980's and seemimgly endless rehabilitation I became bored and caught the radio bug again so I cracked the books again as they say and passed the Advanced Class exam in 1987 and received the new call of "N6OQF". In that same year I had a fourth back surgery and was forced to retire as disabled. In 1994. I caught the DX Bug so I cracked the books again and wore out my ears to pass the 20 WPM Code and the Extra class exam on 11-04-1996 and received the call of "KO6QX, shortly thereafter I applied for and received the nice Vanity Call of "K6ME".

I am a casual DXer and I am pushing the 300 confirmed QSL mark not counting 14 Deleted countries. My son Rob and his spouse Veniessa also Hams and a granddaughter started loading my old paper logbooks into QRZ and LOTW and we have loaded most of my PC contest Logs. Presently my LoTW count is over 17,000 contacts with over 3,800 confirmed. I also have over 12,000 QSO records on the QRZ Log site. Thankfully I started to PC Log beginning in 1999. I have acquired the basic DXCC 100 Certificate, WAS Mixed, VUCC 100 for six meters and several other certificates for WAS, WAC and USA Counties. I am looking forward to soon achieve the 5 band WAS award and there are many other awards to work towards.

From the Mobile/Portable setup picture on my page you would be right in assuming that I like VHF Contesting. I try at least to play in the ARRL June and September VHF Contests from one of my favorite mountain tops on the East side of the NE Sierra Nevada mountain range or so called the beginning of the Cascade range near a USFS Fire Lookout just under 8,000 feet in elevation. This site is not always accessible in early June depending on the depth of the snow drifts and sheer 2,500' drop off on the North side. I have done several operations from some of the rarer grids in this area but getting to a high enough location for contacts over the beautiful and high Sierra's is not always possible due to the higher surrounding terrain and a lack of access for this disabled feller into the many wildness areas and beatiful snow capped Mountain tops exceeding 8,000 feet.

I have a modest but low power station for Mobile/Portable HF/VHF/UHF operation with an out of production ICOM 706MllG transceiver and an Alinco 220 FM mobile. I have an Yaesu FT-736R with modules for the 6, 2, 1.25 meter and 70 cm but it is quite large and only has a 25 watt PEP output at most. Antennas wise for HF I have a High Sierra 1800 Platinum screwdriver antenna for in service or stationary mobile use but Also carry a 40' fiberglass push up mast in order to put up a light weight homemade G5RV.  For VHF/UHF Mtn topping I use a 3 element 6 meter yagi a 10 element 2 meter and a 19 element 70 cm yagi. I also use a set of VHF/UHF Halo type antennas mounted on either a metal push up mast or the fiber glass unit to at most 25' above my 4x4 vehicle. I also use a small 5 element 2 band Elk antenna pointed towards the Bay area so that I don't need to run a noisy inverter to operate the small Television antenna rotator all the time. For VHF/UHF FM use I have several verticals. My favorite USFS Mtn Top does not allow generators so I always carry several extra 90 AH batteries and two 80 Watt Solar Panels that I mounted on homemade foldable/bendable PVC mounts for so I can easily follow the sun and they work extremely well even on partially overcast days.

A BIO in progress, 12-16-2016.

 

 

 

 

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DX World Award#4763
Granted: 2016-11-23 21:26:02   (K6ME)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#2400
Granted: 2016-08-06 19:07:47   (K6ME)

Endorsements:
  • 160 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
United States Counties Award#504
Granted: 2016-07-19 06:43:11   (K6ME)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12186
Granted: 2016-05-20 04:50:02   (K6ME)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    6 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
  • 160 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters Digital
World Continents Award#12495
Granted: 2016-04-04 22:25:02   (K6ME)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Digital
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