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I have a BA in Broadcast Communications, but quickly realized that computer hardware/software was going to be a more stable career.  It has been fun, though, to create web-based training, which brings the two disciplines together.  I have programmed in Cobol, done systems administration (HP-3000/HP-9000), done user and customer support, and been an operations supervisor.  I later found my calling as a technical instructor and software consultant for over 17 years specializing in the Remedy / BMC Remedy ITSM Suite, and now Ellie Mae Encompass mortgage automation software.  I feel quite fortunate that teaching software classes has taken me all over the world...when it was still fun to fly.  It didn't hurt that Remedy's policy was that you could fly Business Class after the third international trip.  Since I was almost commuting to London for a while, that worked well for the later trips to Japan, China, Singapore, and Australia (twice).  I am lucky to have visited more countries than most and enjoyed every bit of it with camera in hand.  I was always awe struck by the unique cultures of each country.  I found Asia to be the most fascinating because it was the most different.  That travel experience gives me that much more to talk about when meeting new friends on HF! I stand at 80+ DX entities for DXCC. Not bad for my Cushcraft vertical. I still dream about owning a hex beam, but am struggling with the W.A.F. (Wife Approval Factor).

An unusual and amazing experience was volunteering with a documentary film crew and going to Dharamsala, India to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  We were there for three weeks, in 1999, during monsoon.  I have never seen so much rain in my life!  I have a prayer shawl that was presented to me by his holiness after the interview.  Some of my video footage was used in the documentary film, "Dalai Lama Renaissance," narrated by Harrison Ford.

My father and I attempted to get into HAM radio when I was in high school, but I just didn't have the patience or focus.  So I settled for CB radio.

I thank my godfather and elmer, Alan Young (K6KLL), for getting me interested in the hobby and giving me my first 2m/440 rig.  I was excited about the hobby and immediately bought a used HF rig shortly after getting my technician license, but life got in the way.  I finally got my General in 2010 and my Amateur Extra in 2016.

07/27/2001 - Issued Technician Class License

I am a former ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the City of Fremont and a former CERT District Coordinator (DC) for the Centerville district of Fremont. Considering that there are over 1200 HAMs in Fremont, I am surprised that more of them aren't involved in emergency communications.

My equipment includes: Elecraft K3/P3, Kenwood TS-590S, Kenwood TS-450S (My first HF rig purchased used from Rudi Wiedemann WA6RW (now K7RAW) before he moved to Reno), Elecraft KX2 QRP rig (thank you Santa 2016),Yaesu FT-8900R (base), Yaesu FT-8800R (Miata mobile), Yaesu FT-857D (Montero mobile) with Little Tarheal II Screwdriver antenna and 2m/440 whip, Yaesu VX-5R handheld, Diamond X-50 (2 meters/70 cm), Cushcraft R8 (6 - 40 meters) up about 21' (6.4 meters), Astron RS-35M power supply, and Buddipole (long) and PackTenna for portable work.

I have a 2002 Miata Special Edition that, after a year of ownership, I finally felt comfortable installing a rig (FT-8800R) and trunk lip mount antenna (see photos below).

Other hobbies include: photography, cycling, RC gliders, camping, billiards, computers and travel.

9/25/10 - Thanks to Ross Peterson, and other volunteers, I passed the General Class exam today. Woohoo! I can finally put this behind me and enjoy talking beyond the Bay Area.  I totally forgot that the Tech class has some HF privileges, but there is so much more available to the General class.

I have to identify myself as KG6HJU /AG until the FCC database indicates my General class status.

10/1/10 - The record on the FCC ULS is updated with General status so I can drop the /ag. What a pain that was and confusing to some.

10/2012 - Picked up a new Vertex/Yaesu extension speaker at Pacificon. It is MUCH better than the MFJ speaker, seen below, between the seats in the Miata!

1/1/14 - 12/31/16 - President of South Bay Amateur Radio Assn (SBARA.org). 

3/12/16 - I FINALLY passed my extra class exam, thanks to www.hamtestonline.com!  Woohoo! I can cross that goal off the list!  I decided to keep my current callsign for now with the hopes of obtaining a shorter vanity call in the near future.  This is KG6HJU /AE! 

3/23/16 - The FCC ULS now shows my operator class as Amateur Extra!  Yay!

4/16 - ARRL and W5YI VE credentials updated. So nice to be able to grade ANY test as a VE! Cool!

6/13/17 - I was issued KO6L. I had been submitting applications for 1x2 calls and kept losing in the lottery. Then I had an aha moment and realized that I was inadvertently forgetting about 2x1 calls. So I did a little research and saw the KO6L was going to be available in a couple of days. I liked it due to not having letters that sound alike when not using phonetics and it certainly was significantly shorter than KG6HJU. I was amazed that I was the ONLY applicant for the call sign! Two applications were submitted a few days later and were too late. I guess it was meant to be! KO6L was previously held by the well known bodybuilder of the 40's and 50's, Armand Tanny. During the 1950s, he was one of the original nine bodybuilders from Muscle Beach who were part of Mae West's traveling nightclub act. His brother, Vic Tanny, is credited with starting the health club craze. Kind of cool history of the call!

Here are some photos of my mobile ham radio installation:


Bozley - our 2-year-old (as of 8/2013), 155 lb. St. Shepherd (St. Bernard / German Shepherd) rescue. Unfortunately, he passed on 6/1/17 of a spontaneous pneumothorax. R.I.P. dear pup! Miss you!

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