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QTH Info (March 1, 2011): Clearlake, CA, USA - Lake County; Grid Square CM88qx; - CQ Zone 3; ITU Zone 6, Region 2; ARRL SF

QTH Info (Prior to March 1, 2011): Fairfield, CA, USA Solano County; Grid Square CM88xg; CQ Zone 3; ITU Zone 6, Region 2; ARRL EB

Memberships: FISTS #12304; SKCC #4504; ARRL (VE); Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF); Northern California DX Club (NCDXC); Northern California Contest Club (NCCC); Redwood Empire DX Association (REDXA); NorCal QRP Club; Former member East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC).

NEW QTH (March 1, 2011)

Moving to Clearlake, CA 95422 - Lake County

(Look for updated station details in the near future)



KG6TT Shack: August 22, 2009

The aspiring 'contest' and 'DXing' station. And although I am pretty enthusiastic at both of those ham pastimes, I remain but a small signal at best. Some 'health related stuff has kept me from the contest chair most of this past year but I am hoping much of that will be behind me by Winter 2009.

My workhorse station is my Ten-Tec Orion and Alpha 76A combo (the Alpha is modified for 'quiet' QSK operation). The Orion is such an amazing transceiver that it has easily become my 'main' for most of my CW, SSB, and RTTY serious DXing operations. For more casual operating and various soundcard modes I use a Ten-Tec Pegasus/Ten-Tec Centaur combo. The Pegasus has such an easy way about it and a very clean sound... matched up with N4PY's software and it is as much fun as it is versatile. You will also note my Omni-V.92... probably the best rig that I own for long listening sessions and flawless CW. These days it seems to be the rig of 'everyday' choice. I guess there is something to be said for pure perfection in engineering..... even when 20 years old.

Other rigs in the shack include a Ten-Tec Argonaut V (solar powered), a direct conversion Ten-Tec Century 22, and a Yaesu FT-100D ('Go' Rig and shack VHF work). All of my transceivers except for the Century 22 are computer interfaced and have dedicated M-Audio soundcards attached. For logging and general station operation I rely on the DXLabs Suite, N1MM Contest Logger, and VE3NEA's ensemble of tools for propagation info, world-wide beacon activity, and now CW Skimmer to provide that needed edge in CW pileups. I am so impressed with all these software packages... and they keep getting better. I'm about to add an LP-PAN to the Orion to enhance the skimming bandwidth.

My antenna 'garden' is pretty modest, although I do have a 40' crank-up with a Wilson SY-2 'quad'-bander on top and an Alpha Delta 'B' 160, 80, 40, and 30-meter sloper off to one side. The tower also acts as the top support for two full-wave, 17-meter loops. I am working on a 17-meter MOXON, but not there yet. There is also a GAP Titan on the other side of the back yard (surprisingly NO man-made electrical noise) as well as a collection of long-wire, collinear vertical, J-pole and yagi antennas for VHF and UHF. I had planed to install a K9AY 160/80-meter receive loop but so far I just can't figure out how to shoehorn it into the small backyard and keep it 'XYL-friendly'.

Mobile operation at KG6TT can take one of two paths.... the most enjoyable is when I'm triking in my VHF/UHF equipped Terra-Trike. There is a J-Pole on the flag... a 30-watt amp behind the seat with a 10-amp gel cell and a solar panel. Sure raise a lot of eyebrows..... but surprisingly not nearly as many as the original Don Johnson growing out of the back quarterpanel of my Honda Accord. Took me nearly 40 years of haming before I finally put HF in my auto (a second FT-100D). Should have done it YEARS ago. Great companion when traveling or simply stuck in commute traffic.

No shack tour would be complete without a few cameos of my two most loyal companions.... Scout and Charlie (Wiskey). Charlie got his name when his first act upon entering our home as a kitten was to curl up around my Vibroplex. He is in the shack most days and loves the sound of CW. Scout doesn't get the whole radio thing (sort of like the XYL). Basically its really Scout's job to keep Charlie in his place! Errrr also sort of like the XYL! Anyway Charlie always has understood the lure of Amateur Radio...

Hopefully you came to this page because we just worked each other. If not give it some time... and the right propagation. Come on..... where are those darn sun spots!?


Ralph Jerald 'Jerry' Volpe

KG6TT Fairfield, CA



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