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Greetings everyone from the northern Arizona mountains.

While K6QQQ is a new call sign for me, this is not my first rodeo. I began my ham radio odyssey as WV6OHJ on 30 Sept 1960 at the age of 13. I had been an SWL for two years prior to that. I lived in the Los Angeles area at the time. I became WA6OHJ shortly thereafter. From 1960-1966 I was obsessed with chasing dog xray mostly on 20. I was lucky enough to have operated several multi-multi DX contests in Southern California at W6VSS (K6UA), W6RW, K6SEN and others during those years too -- Worked along side some of the best contesters and DXers ever like K6MQG (now N6RW), K6EVR, W6RW, W6VPH, W6VSS (K6UA), W6UED (N6DD), K6SEN (K0RF) and K4TWF (not the current holder of this call sign) just to name a few. Was honored to meet W6AM and visited his station once. R.I.P. Dale, Roger and Don. My profile pic, a Telrex Big Bertha, is in memory of Dale.

By mid '66 I was off to the Army for three years. Upon my return, my life had changed a lot. Got married. Back to college. A new career began. I came back on-the-air from California from 1969-1974, but only sporadically, then from Texas for a few months on 10m in 1977, but went off-the-air again until now, 2014.

Currently my temporary HF station is composed of an Icom IC-718 along with an LDG automatic antenna tuner for Icom. I just retired a G5RV Jr at 18 ft and replaced it with a Hy-Gain AV-18VS and a DXEngineering radial plate with 72 radials. The LDG lets me avoid having the re-tap the Hy-Gain's loading coil when I change bands. I finally choose HRD for rig control and logging. This is amazing stuff since my last HF rig was a Collins S-Line back in the 60s. Will be moving to a ham radio-friendly mountain top witin the next year or two, so there won't be anymore antenna improvements at my current QTH.

Needless to say technology and equipment have changed a lot. I am literally speechless at all the new gear available and the levels of computer integration. Everything I once knew is no more. Must learn a lot before I go forward again. But it will be fun.

My latest expedition is into the world of FT8. Given propagration these days, I am working for more DX on FT8 than CW or SSB. I think DIGI is finally coming of age, FT8 in particular. Something tells me FT8 is the real deal -- not just a fad.

And here are some FT8 do's and don'ts I've learned:

  • You can be very successful on FT8 with a very modest station. A simple, cheap vertical and a barefoot transceiver is all you need. Choose your digital interface device carefully. There are good ones on the market and some are suspect. I like the West Mountain Radio Rigblaster Advantage...easy to set up and configure -- and it doesn't use your computer's sound interface -- which can be a nightmare to configure. Check it out on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2E3h18q
  • ​Always work a station split. Never simplex.
  • If a station you call replies to someone else, stop calling him until he ends his current QSO.
  • Don't assume that the weaker stations you are decoding, c. -20 or weaker, are impossible to contact. You may very well be surprised how many successful QSOs you can make.
  • If I call CQ DX, that means I don't want replies from CONUS stations. CQ DX MEANS NO STATESIDE. Please repeat that three times and remember it! Thank you.
  • I have been told my QTH is in a rather rare grid square (DM35). For you stateside grid chasers -- rather than interrupt my CQ DX, just send me a text message via WSJT-X (F5 key to display the Text Message window). I'll go out of my way to accommodate you.

/end FT8 rants

My Personal Pet Peeves

  • 2X1 USA call signs
  • USA call signs that try to spell 'cute' names, e.g. N0PE, N0UN, etc.
  • Our dearly beloved F.C.C. for making a mockery of U.S. call sign districts. No longer do they reflect geographic areas. I bet the rest of the world really loves that too.

Other ways to reach me:

  • My main website:  https://K6QQQ.com or on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/K6QQQ

73, --Kyle.

P.S. My current QTH is a bit confusing. My mailing address is Ash Fork, AZ which is in Yavapai County. My physical location, however, is actually 3 miles north of Ash Fork, AZ -- which is in an unincorporated area of a different county, Coconino County. I am so far out in the country that the US Post Office does not deliver to my physical address -- only dirt roads around here. The closest post office is in Ash Fork, AZ where I am provided a PO box. Google Maps doesn't correctly recognize my physical address either. It thinks I am in Williams, AZ which is actually 20 miles away. Yes, I know -- confusing...I don't get many visitors -- no paved roads around here. You need a 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance, heavy duty suspension and off-road tires to get here...and that's when the weather is good.

P.P.S. Please, NO BUREAU CARDS. LoTW and eQSL okay -- all of my QSOs are automatically uploaded at time of completed contact. Direct is okay too, but only if S.A.S.E. is enclosed. Thank you.

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