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My first name is Birton (pronounced Burton), but I go by my middle name, Ray ( .-.  .-  -.-- ) on CW. In the past I used Birton on sideband. In future sideband QSOs I may use Birton or Ray.  Sorry if this creates confusion.



I was licensed in January 2000. During my short time with the Radio Sport I've been very fortunate to work many areas of the sport, HF, VHF, UHF, APRS, Packet, PSK, JT9/65, SSB, HF mobile and now CW. My locations have varied from a large unrestricted lot to an appartment. My favorite operating time have been special events, field day and club events in the local area. On the first Saturday of the month I help the local HAM license testing team as a VE.

My first HAM radio contact: KQ6RT

Here are some of my Elmers: WA6RWS, KA6OIJ, N6ZN, N6MQL, K6RB 

In July 2015, I finished my first class room CW class and had a chance to work CW on Field Day, 2015. It was a rush! Since Field Day 2015 I've been making CW contacts on 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m and 10m. I've made contacts in multiple states and countries... mostly because I found the SKCC Group. The group promotes the use of Straight Key or Bugs running speeds slower than 21wpm. In addition to the SKCC Group I've talked with other operators and they all show great patience working with me. 

If you're looking for a SKCC Sked look here: K3UK SKCC Sked Page 

In April, I started the CW Ops Level 2 class and finished the course in June, 2016! It was everything I expected and more. Our instructor Rob, K6RB, is very good at encouraging us and pushing us to higher speeds while educating us on my aspects of CW. CW is a journey and I'm making my way down the road slow and steady. At first I wasn't sure how I would measure my progress but as we used the tools and techniques I found quantifiable evidence that I am getting better at both copy and sending. No I'm not claiming to be a pro now! I'm just pleased that I made some improvement. 

Here are my recent Reverse Beacon Network spots: N6UG CW Activity

If you're not doing CW or haven't done it for some time, I can tell you from experience the mode is NOT dead. There are contacts to me made and operators waiting for your calls. Give it a try, I'm glad I did! Oh and it's a blast!

If you hear me on, please stop by for a quick QSO. TU


If you are in the Sacramento, CA area you can find me at one of the Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club meetings.


Birton R. Gilbert Photography

When I'm not on the radio I'm probably taking or editing pictures. (Click image for more pictures.)



Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day,

Birton, N6UG (On HF you will hear RAY because it's easy.)
Preferred QSL: LOTW

  • SKCC #14113T
  • ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE)

Former: Army MARS - AAR9LF

HAM License History:

  • January 2000 - KF6ZYF (Tech)
  • March 2000 - K6BRG (General)
  • Aug 2000 - N6UG (Extra)

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