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N6JET

 

 

First licensed as a Novice in 1979 as KA6GPO, within a few months, I upgraded to Technician. In 1983, with an upgrade to General, a request was made for a new systematic call sign and N6JET was assigned. The next upgrade was to Advanced class in 1983 and to Extra in 1994.

 

I operate on 14, 21, 28, 50, 144, 222, 440, 902, 1296, 2304, 3456 and 10,368 MHz using C4FM, DMR, D-Star, FM, PSK31, RTTY and SSB modes. I am currently experimenting with FT-8, JT-9 and JT-65 when time allows. Mainly you can find me participating in various contests listed below.

 

Scroll ahead to check out upcoming contest schedules and for descriptions of the different station configurations that I use.

 

 

 

CONTESTS STATION CALLSIGN
ARRL January VHF Contest
SBMS 2.3 GHz & Up Contest & Club Challenge (May)
ARRL June VHF Contest
CQ WW VHF Contest (Jul)
ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest (Aug)
ARRL 10 GHZ and Up Contest Round 1 (Aug)
ARRL Septemeber VHF QSO Party
ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest Round 2 (Sept)
California QSO Party (Oct)
ARRL 10 Meter Contest (Dec)
Rover+Microwave
Microwave
Rover+Microwave
Portable
Rover+Microwave
Microwave
Rover+Microwave
Microwave
Portable
Portable
N6JET/R
N6JET
N6JET/R
N6JET/R
N6JET/R
N6JET
N6JET/R
N6JET
N6JET/M
N6JET

 

 

N6JET Contest Schedules

 

 

 

 

2018 ARRL VHF January VHF - N6JET/R

 

 

 

I will be operating SSB and FM from 6 grids on 9 bands:

50, 144, 222, 432, 902, 1296, 2304, 3456, and 10368 MHz
 

 

Saturday Local Time


CM97av 1100 - 1300 - Mt. Diablo
Travel 1300 - 1430
CM98aa 1430 - 1530 - Evora Road and Highway 4, Bay Point
Travel 1530 - 1730
CM88wj 1730 - 2000 - Mt. Vaca

 

Sunday Local Time

CM86xx 1000 - 1230 Empire Grade, UC Santa Cruz
Travel 1230 - 1300
CM96ax 1300 - 1400 Anna Jean Cummings Park, Soquel
Travel 1400 - 1530
CM87vh 1530 - 1959 CA-35 Vista Point, Palo Alto

 

 

 

 

 

 

N6JET - Home Station

 

 

The home staion is located in San Jose, California, CM97cg. All antennas are in the attic of my townhouse. For the home installation, horizontally polarized antennas for HF are key due to a high noise level. The Omni-rectangles perform great.
 

CAPABILITIES (Band, equipment, antenna, maximum power/mode)

14, 21 & 28 MHz 50 & 52 MHz 144 MHz 146 & 440 MHz 223 MHz 432 MHz Digital Voice
Icom IC-7100
SignaLink USB
LDG IT-100
Icom IC-7100
SignaLink USB
LDG IT-100
Icom IC-7100
SignaLink USB
Connect Systems CS800
Icom ID-5100A & ID-880H
Icom IC-2730
Yaesu FTM-100DR
AnyTone
AT-558A
Icom
IC-7100
SharkRF Open Spot (2)
DVAP+Raspberry Pi3+PI-Star
DVMega+Raspberry Pi3+Pi-Star
Par Electronics
HF-14, 21 & 28 MHz horizontal
Omni-rectangles
Par Electronics
OA-50 Omniangle &
Arrow GP-52
M2 144MHz
HO Loop
Arrow GP-146/440
Ground Planes
Arrow GP-223
Ground Plane
M2 432 MHz
HO Loop
1/4 wave helical
30 watts PSK & RTTY
100 watts SSB
30 watts PSK
100 watts FM & SSB
50 watts SSB 50 watts C4FM, DMR,
D-Star & FM
5 watts N6JET-ND Wires-X Mode
50 watts FM 35 watts SSB 20 mW C4FM, DMR
& D-Star



Station computers:

HP EliteBook 8460P + Docking Station + Windows 10
iMac 27 5K + Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6

Station software:

Ham Radio Deluxe 6.3.0.6.13
WSJT-X v1.8.0 rc25


 

 

N6JET/Mobile

 

 

 

CAPABILITIES (Band, equipment, antenna, maximum power/mode)

 

 

146 & 440 MHz 927 MHz FM Computers Digital Voice Internet
Icom IC-880H
Yaesu FT100DR
Connect Systems CS800
Kenwood TK-981v2 Apple MacBook &
iPad Air 2
SharkRF Open Spot (2) Verizon Hotspot
TP-Link N300 Router
Tram Dual Band Browning Colinear   1/4 wave helical
50 watts C4FM, DMR, D-Star & FM 15 watts FM   20 mW C4FM, DMR
& D-Star
25 Mbps average

 

 

N6JET/Handheld

 

 

Handhelds Bands/Modes
Alinco DJ-G7T
Connect Systems CS580
Icom ID-51A Plus
Kenwood TK-481V2
Yaesu FT-2DR
146, 440 & 1294 MHz FM
440 MHz DMR/FM
146/440 MHz D-Star/FM
927 MHz FM
146/440 MHz C4FM/FM

 

 

N6JET/Handheld + Digital Voice

 

 

Digital Voice Portable Equipment  
DVMega Dual Band + Blue Stack Micro Plus
Samsung Note 4 + BlueDV
Verizon Hotspot
C4FM, DMR & D-Star

 

 

Equipment is arranged in a small Pelican Case with a 12 volt 4aH battery and 5V power converter.

 

 

   

N6JET/Portable

 

 

 

 

CAPABILITIES (Band, equipment, maximum power/mode and Antennas)

 

 

3.8 to 440 MHz HF Antennas VHF Antennas  
Icom IC-7100
SignaLink USB
LDG IT-100
Palomar Engineers Bullet End Fed Wire 7-28 MHz
Rotatable Dipole for 28 MHz
Hustler Mobile Verticals for 3.8, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz
Sirio SY 27-3 three element Yagi for 28 MHz
Arrow 146/440 J-pole
30 watts PSK & RTTY
100 watts SSB
50 watts FM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portable station equipment is arranged in a Go-Box configuration and is powered by a marine battery with solar panel or generator charger. Antennas are portable and can be setup or taken down in about 15 minutes.  

 

 

 

 

 

N6JET/Rover

 

 

Operating from grid squares CM86, CM96, CM88, CM98, CM87 but primarily my home grid CM97 during the annual VHF/UHF contests and sprints.

 

 


Rover radio equipment is arranged in a "Go-Box" configuration and is powered by a marine battery with solar panel or generator charger. Antennas are portable and can be setup or taken down in about 15 minutes. HO Loops and FM verticals are car-top roof-rack mounted and Yagis and loop Yagis are supported by two 18 foot mast/tripods. 

 

 

CAPABILITIES (Band/mode, equipment, antenna, antenna gain & maximum power)

 

50 MHz SSB 52 MHz
FM
144 MHz SSB 146 MHz
FM
222 MHz
SSB
223 MHz
FM
432 MHz
SSB
446 MHz
FM
902 MHz
SSB
927 MHz
FM
1294 MHz
FM
1296 MHz
SSB
Kenwood
TS-2000X
Kenwood
TS-2000X
Kenwood
TS-2000X
Kenwood
TS-2000X
Kenwood
TS-2000X
28MHz IF &
DEMI 222-HP Transverter
Anytone
AT-558A
Kenwood
TS-2000X
Icom
ID-880H
Kenwood
TS-2000X 144 MHz IF &
DEMI L33HP
Transverter
Kenwood
TK-981
Version 2
Kenwood
TS-2000X
&
DEMI 2360PAS
Amplifier
Kenwood
TS-2000X
&
DEMI 2360PAS
Amplifier
M2
50 MHz
HO Loop
Tram
base loaded
1/4 wave vertical
M2 stacked
144 MHz
HO loop
Tram
base loaded
5/8 wave vertical
M2 stacked
222 Mhz
HO loops
Hustler
CG-220
colinear vertical
Cushcraft
A430-11
11 element
(horizontal) Yagi
Hustler
MX-270
colinear vertical
DMS Wireless
14 element
(horizontal)
Yagi
DMS Wireless
14 element
(vertical) Yagi
Directive Systems
14 element
(vertical)
loop Yagi
Directive Systems
14 element
(horizontal)
loop Yagi
6.3 dBi Unity 10 dBi 3 dBi 10.3 dBi 5.2 dBi 13.2 dBi 5 dBi 14 dBi 14 dBi 15 dBi 15 dBi
100 watts 100 watts 100 watts 100 watts 60 watts 50 watts 50 watts 50 watts 50 watts 15 watts 60 watts 60 watts

 


Computers: HP EliteBook 9460P and an Apple MacBook.

 

Logging software: N3FJP VHF Contest Log version 5.4
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N6JET/Microwave

 

 

 

CAPABILITIES (Band/mode, equipment, antenna, antenna gain & maximum power)

 

2304 MHz
FM/SSB
3456 MHz
FM/SSB
10368 MHz
FM/SSB
Liaison Radio
146/440/927 FM
Yaesu
FT-817ND
144 MHz IF
&
DEMI
2304-144
Transverter
Yaesu
FT-817ND
144 MHz IF
&
DEMI
3456-144
Transverter
Yaesu
FT-817ND
144 MHz IF
&
DEMI
10368-144
Transverter
Yaesu
FT-7900R
146/440 MHz FM
&
Kenwood
TK-981v2
927 MHz FM
Directive Systems
21 element
(horizontal)
loop Yagi
Directive Systems
27 element
(horizontal)
loop Yagi
Directive Systems
60 CM Dish
Tram 146/440 Dual Band
& Browning 927 colinear
17.5 dBi 18 dBi  
1 watt 1 watt 3 watts 50/45/15 watts

 

 

 

Best 10 GHz (1 watt) distance so far:

CM97mb Los Banos, California to DM25cw Mt. Potosi, Nevada - 297.59 miles/478.927 km
 

73,

Chris
N6JET

 

 

 

 

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