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Although interested in Ham radio since my early teens, I didn't get my license until March 2012. My advice to anyone thinking about getting into amateur radio is to do it immediatly!

I am a Marine Engineer by education (California Maritime Academy), mechanical engineer by profession for 20 years, and then an IT geek for 12 more years. I retired in December 2011, got my Technician licence in March 2012, my General in April 2012, and my Extra in September 2013. I have an understanding XYL and great grown-up kids (a daughter, son and daughter-in-law.)

I am a member of the ARES Northwest District of the ARRL Los Angeles Section where I am one of the Emergency Coordinators for the West LA area, the CRC 40 net (the 'Gordo' Net) as an alternate Net Controler, and the Southern California DX Club. I'm also a VE for ARRL and GLAARG (Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group).

I volunteer with W6SW to run weekly seminars on ham radio for the local middle school's science magnet program when school is in session. Listen for us on 15, 20, and sometimes 10M Wednesdays between 1530 - 1630 Pacific Time Zone as KK6QXI October through May.

For even more fun, I volunteer for various ARES activities, the LA Marathon Hams, the Angeles Crest 100 footrace, and for Field Day I'm proud to be part of the San Andreas Faultline Survivors Group. I am also a Route 66 On-The-Air operator for Santa Monica.

My HF base station consists of a 16 year old Kenwood TS-570D that was reburbished by Kenwood in 2012, and I love it! Its connected to my computer so I can do CW (aided while I learn code!), JT-65, RTTY, and PSK-31. My Winlink2000 address is KJ6UVQ@winlink.org.  For UHF/VHF I have a Kenwood TM-V71 in the shack and a Kenwood TH-F6 for portable and mobile operation.




The HF antenna is a  44 year old Mosley TA-43 Senior for 40 - 20 - 15 - 10 meters that I salvaged from the rooftop of a building slated to be demolished. $100 for replacement parts, several hours of cleaning connections, and it was back in service.  There's a 2m/70cm beam above that. Those are mounted on a 47 ft. tubular tower with a HyGain rotator.   

73 to all!

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