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Remote Operations
Please note that my transmitting location changes frequently since I do a lot of remote operation. You might have worked me from almost anywhere in the USA. See further explanation below.
 
Background
I have been a Ham since 1957 when I was first licensed as Novice class KN9RJP in Chicago, Illinois. My thanks to Ray K9RJO for introducing me to this wonderful hobby. I upgraded to General and became K9RJP, then upgraded again to Extra Class a year later.

I have enjoyed the challenges of Contesting since being introduced to this aspect of the hobby by Don, K9PPJ (SK) and Mel, K9QFZ (SK) while still in the Chicago area. When I moved to California in 1973 I changed my callsign to W6PXG and set up my own modest contest station with a TH6DXX triband yagi at 70 feet and a shorty-forty a few feet above that. When vanity callsigns first became available I switched to N6EE - nice and short on CW!


Ron's Innov 5L LFA 6M yagi above a GXP-7L-7B HF multiband yagi in Turlock, California

Travels

I have operated from a few DX locations and have held the calls: ZF1RL, C6AJU, VP5/N6EE, AH7NA, VP2VV (club station), PJ2/N6EE, and most recently WP2NN. I also operated with Chet W6XK as VP5NN in the 2003 ARRL RTTY Roundup and took first place World with an all-time record score which stood until January 2012. Chet and I also set out to surpass the VP5NN record in the 2012 ARRL RTTY Roundup from PJ2N in Curacao. We accomplished our goal but the N0NI team in Iowa (of all places) beat us - Congrats to them! We headed off again to the U.S. Virgin islands in January 2013 as WP2NN and took First Place World Multi-Operator in RTTY Roundup, but, alas, fell a bit short of the World Record.

 

Chet W6XK and Ron in CuracaoChet W6XK and Ron celebrate WP2NN RTTY Roundup effort

Ron at Kilauea Volcano Ron VP5/N6EE

VP2VV
Ron operated from the British Virgin Islands using the club callsign VP2VV from June 20 to June 23, 2011.
Please QSL VP2VV for the period June 20 to June 23, 2011 ONLY to me, N6EE. My VP2VV log was uploaded to LOTW on July 5, 2011. Or QSL direct with SASE.
All other QSOs outside the period June 20 - June 23, 2011 should QSL via VP2VQ.
Ron at VP2VV
IOTA NA-023   CQ Zone 8   ITU Zone 11   Grid Square FK78
 

Quest

In October of 2011 I decided I would like to visit as well as operate my ham radio from all 50 US states. I had previously operated from California and Hawaii, so that left 48 states I needed to visit. The first installment in this quest occurred in October 2011 when my wife Betty and I rented a car and drove through 13 states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania). In May 2012 we did a 3500 mile western USA road trip which included 10 states (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Oregon). This was quickly followed in June 2012 with a short Midwest USA road trip of five more (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio). We took a 2800 mile road trip to the Southeast USA in October 2012 which started in Orlando, Florida and progressed through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and finished in Savannah, Georgia.  One more road trip to the midwest in October 2013 included Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. The final state will be Alaska, hopefully soon :). One fun aspect of the trip was working my buddies Chet W6XK, Mike W7MH, Bruce K6TIG, and Matt K6EME from each state we visited. It was amazing how well the TarHeel mobile antenna worked. My wife Betty and I have been enjoying every minute of these trips through our beautiful country and look forward to completing our quest. Keep your ears open for N6EE/mobile, I'd love to work YOU! 

Ron at GettysburgMobile - Gettysburg, PA Ron operating W1AW at ARRL Headquarters Visiting W1AW - Newington, CT

QSLs

I do try to QSL 100% on all cards received either direct or via the bureau. An SASE is appreciated for direct replies. My address on QRZ.COM is current. I also put all my QSOs on the ARRL Logbook of the World (LOTW). Please be aware that I do a lot of remote operating and that I  do carefully indicate transmitting QTH on LOTW as well as on printed QSL cards.

If I have had the pleasure of contacting you in a contest I'd like to extend a heartfelt Thank You! If we have never had a QSO I look forward to meeting you, or at least exchanging a contest QSO!

Please QSL these operations as follows:

QSL Information
Callsign Via
N6EE home, remote or mobile N6EE direct, LOTW, or Bureau
ZF1RL N6EE direct only
C6AJU N6EE direct only
VP5/N6EE N6EE direct only
VP5NN NN6NN direct only
AH7NA N6EE direct or LOTW
VP2VV from June 20 to June 23, 2011 ONLY N6EE direct or LOTW
PJ2/N6EE NN6NN direct or LOTW
PJ2N NN6NN direct or LOTW
WP2NN NN6NN direct or LOTW
KP4/N6EE N6EE direct or LOTW
KR2AR N6EE direct or LOTW

Home Station

Currently my home station in Turlock, California consists of:

  • Elecraft K3/100 transceiver with subreceiver, lots of filters, PR6-10 preamp, and other goodies. This is by far the best radio I have ever used.
  • Elecraft KPA500 linear amplifier - 500 watts
  • Elecraft KAT500 antenna tuner
  • GXP 7L7B multiband yagi (2L 40M, 2L 30M, 3L 20M-10M) at 60 feet
  • Innov 5L LFA 6M yagi at 65 feet
  • Inverted V dipole for 80 meters
  • Numerous computers running Writelog / MMTTY / DX Labs Suite / WSJT-X

Contesting

I frequently join Chet W6XK at his impressive station in Hughson, California for multioperator contesting typically using the callsign NN6NN. We have many plaques and first place awards for RTTY, SSB, and CW contests. I am also a long-time member of the Northern California Contest Club.
Ron operating at NN6NN Operating the NN6NN Multiplier station 

I haven't the resources or cognitive ability to master Single Operator 2 Radio (SO2R), but I did manage to setup and utilize Single Operator 2 VFO. Here is an article I wrote on setting up Writelog with the Elecraft K3 to do just that:

SO2V: Exploiting the K3 Subreceiver

Iain N6ML and I co-authored an article on how to trigger macros in your radio's programmable memories from the keyboard within your contest logger. This is especially useful in Phone contests when you prefer to record your voice in the radio voice recorder memories. I use the Elecraft K3 and Writelog, but Iain prefers N1MM; this article includes both as well as other radios and software:

Key Your Transceiver DVR Messages from the Keyboard

and here is how I program and use the DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) on a K3 using a K3/0 via Remote Ham Radio
Programming the K3 DVR for Phone Contests

Remote Operation

Since I spend a lot of time visiting the grandkids in New Jersey these days and since our Condominium Association there prohibits antennas of any kind, I often operate from one of the great Remote Ham Radio stations. I make every effort to convey my transmitting location and always include correct State, County, Grid square, CQ zone and ITU zone on LOTW QSOs and on my printed QSLs. On the JT modes, like FT8, JT65, JT9, and MSK144, I always indicate my current operating Grid Square.  Don't be surprised to see me sending FN65 or EM73, or CN87 for example.  Which station I operate from is often a matter of which Remote Ham Radio station is currently available.  I am very grateful to Remote Ham Radio because it is often the only way I am able to continue having fun with my lifelong Ham Radio hobby.
 
I operate RTTY remote a lot and spent some time getting the Elecraft K3/0 Mini and Remote Rig interface to work FSK RTTY.  I wrote up my settings and connections to help anyone else who might be struggling with this as much as I did.  The article is in PDF format here:
 
I also enjoy operating other digital modes, such as JT65 and FT8, using WSJT-X, but doing this remotely required a bit of experimenting to make it work.  I wrote a very brief note summarizing my setup here:

DXing

I also enjoy casual DXing and finally acheived DXCC #1 Honor Roll in 2009. I am still having fun chasing DX and am currently hoping to make 10 band DXCC some day. I am well on the way with:
Band Confirmed
as of February 16, 2018
160M 81
80M 130
40M 159
30M 124
20M 322
17M 149
15M 245
12M 114
10M 254
6M 46
and am concentrating my operating on 160M and 6M to make DXCC on those bands.


Ron contesting at VP5NN
Ron at VP5NN

I retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus of Computer Information Systems from California State University, Stanislaus giving me plenty of time to Ham it up!

73,
Ron N6EE

 

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