First started as an SWL "KDX6T" in 1974 at age of 4, then became a ham in 1986. Inspired by my grandfather W6RII (SK), and my father N6EGC. Jim Rafferty N6RJ (SK) was my DXing and contesting elmer. I am forever grateful to these three individuals for teaching me the best of ham radio. Enjoy DXing and contesting from 1.8 MHz thru 50 MHz.
Achieved DXCC Digital in 11 hours and DXCC 80 meters in 11 months.
Past DXpeditions: A35DD, S79DD, S92DD, T20DD, T31DD, V47DD, V63CG, ZF2RE, ZK1PEQ, 1S1DD, 3D2CQ, 5W0DD, 8P9EG, FM/N6PEQ, H44/N6PEQ, J37/N6PEQ, NH6/N6PEQ, PJ2/N6PEQ, PJ4/N6PEQ, P40/N6PEQ, KP2/N6PEQ, KP4/N6PEQ, XE2/N6PEQ & CO2/N6PEQ.
Original Novice callsign: KB6MZM.
ARRL Awards: DXCC Honor Roll, 8BDXCC, DXCC CW, DXCC SSB, DXCC Digital, DXCC Mixed, DXCC Challenge, Diamond DXCC Challenge, VUCC-50 MHz, WAS Mixed, WAS CW, WAS SSB, WAS 10 Meters, WAS 15 Meters, WAS 20 Meters
CQ Awards: 5BWAZ, WPX SSB Honor Roll, WPX CW Honor Roll, WPX Mixed Honor Roll, WAZ CW/SSB, WAZ CW, WAZ SSB, WPX Mixed, WPX CW, WPX SSB, WPX Digital
IARU/Misc. Awards: 8BWAC, WAC CW, WAC Phone, WAC Digital, WAC Mixed, 10-10 WAC.
QRZ Awards: DX World Award, World Continents Award, Grid Squared Award & United States Counties Award
eQSL Awards: eDX100 Mixed, eDX100 SSB, eDX100 CW, eDX100 !0 Meters, eDX100 15 Meters, eDX100 20 Meters, eDX100 WARC, eAustralia, eEurope Mixed, eJapan Mixed & ePFX Mixed
SWL Awards (KDX6T): Achieved #3 All-Time WDX/WPE DX Honor Roll, WDX/WPE 290 Countries, WDX/WPE 40 Zones, WDX/WPE 50 States, WDX/WPE 12 Canadian Zones, NASWA DX Centurion, NASWA Antarctica DX'er, NASWA European Senior DX'er, NASWA Ecclesiastic DX'er, NASWA All America DX'er, NASWA All Voice of America DX'er, NASWA All Continent QRP DX'er, NASWA World-Wide DX'er.
Charter Member of the Pina Colada Contest Club (KP2AA).. Previous PCCC Field Day operations: 2002: Puerto Rico as NP4A 2003: Cuba as CO0US/T42FD 2004 & 2005: St.Croix as KP2AA
Member: Orange County Amateur Radio Club (W6ZE), Southern California DX Club (W6AM), BARTG #9226, Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), QRP ARCI, San Bernardino Microwave Society, North American Shortwave Association, National Radio Club, International Radio Club of America, Western States Weak Signal Society, Longwave Club of America, Worldwide TV-FM DX Association, FISTS (#17516), Oceania DX Group, Puna DX Club, Andes DXers International, ROWH, The Northern California DX Foundation & Royal Order of the Wouff Hong
All mode capabilities include:
HF Station "A": IC-7850 + SM-230 + Alpha 87A Amplifier + Alpha 77SX Amplifier + Alpha 4510 Wattmeter + HA8DU DU3500AL Antenna Tuner
HF Station "B": IC-7800 + SM-230 + Alpha 87A Amplifier + Alpha 77SX Amplifier + Alpha 4520 Wattmeter + Palstar AT10K Antenna Tuner
HF Station "C": IC-9100
Patio Station: FT-817 & IC-7000
Receiving Stations: IC-R9500 & IC-R71A
HF Antenna System:
10 meters = 7 element wide-spaced mono-band yagi
12 meters = 2 element mono-band yagi
15 meters = 4 element wide-spaced mono-band yagi
17 meters = 2 element mono-band yagi
20 meters = 3 element wide-spaced mono-band yagi
30 meters = 2 element mono-band yagi
40 meters = 2 element wide-spaced mono-band yagi
60 meters = Sloper
80 meters = Rotatable dipole
160 meters = Sloper
Stationary Dipole for 10/15/20 Meters
Receiving Loop for 80/160 meters
Vertical: Comet CHA-250B
Rotor: Yaesu G-2800DXA
50 MHz: IC-7850 + Alpha 6 amplifier (8 Element LFA Yagi 42' boom, Vertical & HO-Loop).
144 MHz: IC-9100 (Vertical & HO-Loop stack).
222 MHz: IC-375A (HO-Loop stack).
432 MHz: IC-9100 (Vertical & 4 HO-Loop stack).
1296 MHz: IC-9100 (35 element yagi & Vertical).
Interfacing: 4O3A SSC XL's & Winkeyer
Dummy Load: Alpha 2100
Preamplifiers: Mini Circuits, Advanced Receiver Research & Mirage
Bandpass Filtering: 4O3A & Industrial Communication Engineers
Remote Antenna Switching: 4O3A & Industrial Communication Engineers
Keys: GHD GN407A+ single-paddle, Bencher Mercury dual-paddle, Schurr Profi 2 dual-paddle, Bencher BY-4 dual-paddle, Bencher BY-2 dual-paddle, Schurr Mini straight-key & GHD GF601MP Cootie/Sideswiper Key.
Microphones: Heil Goldlines & Heil PR-780
Headsets: Heil Proset 7's, Heil Proset Plus's & Radiosport RS60CF's
Antenna Tuner: Palstar AT5Kplus
RTTY/Digital demodulator: Universal M-8000
MW Loop antenna: Kiwa
VLF/MW Loop antenna: Wellbrook Engineering LFL1010
RF Systems DX-One Professional MK-2 Active Antenna (ELF/LW/MW/SW)
MAC Pro & Mac Mini
RUMlog, SkookumLogger & RUMped
The following are photos that are current, as well as from the past many years. I hope that you enjoy them...... Thank you to InnovAntennas for using my tower/antennas in their advertisement.
Read a little about the 4O3A bandpass filter/switching system project at N6PEQ on: http://www.force12inc.com/pages/blog.html/tag/N6PEQ
Current N6PEQ QSL Card
Force 12/InnovAntennas ad featuring the N6PEQ antenna system (2014-2016)
N6PEQ Tower (2010)
N6PEQ Station #1 in (2010)
N6PEQ Central-Point RF Ground System (2010)
N6PEQ 4O3A Bandpass Filter & Antenna Switching System Project (2014)
N6PEQ HF Antennas (2014)
N6PEQ HF Antennas (2014)
LW/MW Loop Receive Antenna
N6PEQ Name Badge in the Spratly Islands during the 9M0S DXpedition in May 1993 (Photo courtesy of OH2BH)
N6PEQ, OH2BH & N6DEC (SK) in 1993 aboard the Yaesu DX-Caribe Cruise.....somewhere in the Caribbean Sea.
N6PEQ Operating CO0US in Cuba (2003 ARRL Field Day).....The best Field Day ever!
N6PEQ Operating KP2AA on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (2004 ARRL Field Day)...Life is good!
N6PEQ QSL Cards from the 1980's & 1990's
SWL KDX6T QSL Cards from the 1980's (Remember the 3D QSL Card Company?...They had cool cards that actually had the raised printing baked onto the card stock!)
SWL KDX6T QSL Cards from the 1980's (All you older hams that were once Novices, must remember "The Little Print Shop". They sent out QSL card samples to all the new hams.)
Icom IC-R9500 Receiver (2014)
N6PEQ working the Icom HF booth at the Dayton Hamvention (2007)
N6PEQ Tower (2007)
Dittos in his favorite operating position with the Alpha 77sx Amplifier in 2004...Yeah, Dittos knew his amps and how to use them!
Icom IC-375A All-Mode 222 MHz Transceiver (2014)
Icom IC-9100 & IC-375A at the VHF/UHF Station (2015)
Alpha 77sx Amplifer (2014)
Entry Tile to N6PEQ Shack (2013)
Entry to N6PEQ Shack (2014)
N6PEQ/Mobile (CW & SSB) with the IC-7000 in the 2003 Saleen Super-Charged Mustang (2006)... the engine in that Mustang was definitely QRO!!!!
N6PEQ/Mobile in Palm Desert, California (2008)
N6PEQ/Mobile (CW & SSB) in 2003 Saleen Super-Charged Mustang (2006)
IARU Radiosport Contest at N6PEQ in 2004...Placed #7 Overall Multi-Op Category (KR6J, WK6O, KD7BIW & N6PEQ ops)
N6PEQ as ZF2RE in 1991 DXpedition to the Cayman Islands.....Love that laptop.....If you ever want to hear a great story, ask me about the laptop on that DXpedition!
N6PEQ as ZK1PEQ in 1996 DXpedition to the South Cook Islands
Photo from May 1982 QST magazine of N6PEQ (Prior to being licensed) along with my father N6EGC and my grandfather W6RII (SK) in 1981 November Sweepstakes
2004 IARU Radiosport Contest at N6PEQ....Placed #7 Overall Multi-Op Category (KR6J, WK6O, KD7BIW & N6PEQ ops)
N6PEQ as ZF2RE...operating from the station of ZF1MA in the Cayman Islands in 1991.
Bob Heil K9EID visting the N6PEQ Shack (2004)
2007 IARU Radiosport Contest at N6PEQ...Placed #10 Overall Multi-Op Category (KR6J, WK6O & N6PEQ ops)
2007 IARU Radiosport Contest at N6PEQ....Placed #10 Overall Multi-Op Category (KR6J, WK6O & N6PEQ ops)
N6PEQ Central-Point RF Ground System (2010)
N6PEQ & KB7UB (SK) at the Visalia International DX Convention (2007).....Miss my buddy!
W3ZZ (SK) visiting N6PEQ (2006)
N6PEQ (Prior to being licensed) as SWL KDX6T in 1980....I didn't sleep much as a kid.....always on the SW bands thru the nite.
My grandfather's station (W6RII - now SK) in 1974, where I was first introduced to ham radio. I can still remember talking on that Drake TR3. I have the Hallicrafter's SX-96 in good working order that is also shown in the picture. Nothing like listening to the shortwave bands on a tube rig.
DU3500AL HF Automatic Antenna Tuner (2015)
Icom IC-7850 HF Transceiver (2015)
GHD Key (2015)
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