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3/7/17 SOTA W6/SC-335 Cowles Mtn . First time with the KX2

3/6/17 1930Z SOTA W6-SC187 Mt. Woodson 10 Watts, KX3 & MagLoop 7.060 14.060



SKCC 7721 - FISTS 16886 - NAQCC 6639 - QRP ARCI 15961

The most fun I've had in radio was March 2016, when I worked the DX Worldwide SSB with my daughter, KM6ARN.  She had just obtained her technician, and the 10meter band had some good openings for her.  She enjoyed working into a few pileups, and we had a lot of fun.  Later that Spring she upgraded to General, and we worked several National Parks in Hawaii for the ARRL National Parks on the Air.


Photo link below: QRP from Mount Laguna east of San Diego 2/26/16

(I worked Tonga, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Argentina with 5 Watts on the KX-3 and the Buddipole)



Photo link below: from QRP hike Feb 2015 outside Fresno



I was Licensed in 1983 as a General (N6IMM) with the 13 wpm code requirement. My 12 year old daughter passed her technician license in February 2016, and she is our family's third generation amateur radio operator! KM6ARN. My father was initially W4HTL (SK), and I believe he was first licensed in the 1930s.  My wife has my old call, N6IMM, but I don't think she's ever made a contact.

I had a tube radio receiver in the 70's that I used for SWL and the amateur bands.  In the era before the internet, I listened with utter amazment at the signals from around the world. When I got my license I saved up and bought a used Hallicrafters SR-150 tube transciehigh school highschool there was little money or time for radio for many years, so I was QRT for 25 years.

In 2009 a friend got me back on the air and I upgraded to the Extra Class. Now I'm back on the air with the Elecraft KX3, KX2, IC-7300, Yaesu FT-857, Kenwood TS-590S, and Vaious QRP radios. The base antenna is a Butternut HF6V Vertical. In the car and on the boat (SV "Knot on Call") I use the FT-857 with the Yaesu ATAS-120.  Aeronautical moble in the MD-11 and KL7/N6PG when portable operations from Anchorage, Alaska.

I enjoy SOTA and portable ops.  QRP radios include the KX3, KX2, Dave Bensen's SW+20, NorCal40a, and the Youkit HB1B.  I also have an unbuilt Heathkit HW-9 that is on the "To Do" list. My wife grew up in Munich, and we return there every year.  I enjoy operating from various mountain tops when in Germany. Usually south of Munich, near Kochel.

For work I'm an airline pilot. I'm also an attorney, but I'm not very active in that field at the moment.  My wonderful wife and two kids take up the majority of my time... As it should be!

In Germany I was able to activate three mountains for SOTA. Jochberg DL/BE-050, Herzogstand DL/EW-022, and also from Rabenkopf DL/BE-018. http://www.sota.org.uk/

I operate from the KL7AA station as KL7/N6PG when I am in Alaska. The station is a K3 with 1.5 kw into a 3 element beam for 10, 15 and 20 meters. A vertical for the other bands.

Sailing, skiing, diving, hiking, tennis, and Family... but not in that order. I very much enjoy working on the VW Westfalia, and that makes a great portable station when camping.

Licensed in the Falkland Islands as VP8DNI.

Ich komme aus San Diego, aber meine frau kommt aus �sterreich. Wir sind in Deutschland jeden sommer und ab und zu im winter. Ich bin berufspilot und fliege die MD-11.

SOTA Herzogstand DL/EW-022

This is a picture from the end of Point Loma, in San Diego. There are great tide pools here and the surf is great in winter.





This is a view from a walk not far from the home QTH. SDYC in the distance. An unusual winter day where we had the snow level low enough to cover the mountains east of San Diego. They are about 6,000' or 7,000' elevation.

The FT-857 works with the ATAS-120 antenna on the Catalina 25.





The Desert east of San Diego. Agua Calliente, where we like to go camping with the kids and I operate on the FT-857.

The KX3 is here with the Buddipole A123 4S2P battery and the Palm Paddle. In the hills of San Diego.



This is the station when I'm operating from Alaska. It the is Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, KL7AA, and the radio is a K3 into a 1.5 kw amp with a beam or vertical antenna.

The abover photos from SOTA DL/BE-050 summit Jochberg, just south of Munich. Buddipole, FT-857 and 4S2P battery.

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