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Greetings and thanks for visiting my QRZ page.  #1 request PLEASE use LoTW (-;

When home and in the shack you will usually find me on the wonderful JT65/JT9/FT8 and MSK144 modes calling/listening for DX stations that I need, especially on 6 Meters and 160m (when in season).  I'm done with 8 bands of DXCC and would love to make it 10 bands! I've also finished my 10th WAS band but could use a RI LoTW 6m cfm to make 10 band WAS all by LoTW confirms.  

The challenge of moving beyond my current count of 322 confirmed DXCC entities is proving to be a worthy but slow process. If you are a DX station and I am calling you using any mode there is a good chance that I need you as a band slot or possibly even an ATNO. If I do not respond please keep trying because I live in a noisy area.

On the other hand if for some reason you need a contact with me as a DXCC, Zone, Prefix, County, State, Grid etc. please email me for a schedule -- any band or mode is ok.  

My wife Denise (KJ6JAL) and I live in San Diego , California USA (Point Loma area), between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay and 30 km from the border with Mexico. My QRZ location shows our mail facility but our actual location is about 1 km to the west of the QRZ location at 75 meters ASL.

I'm a Past President of The San Diego DX Club -- a fine organization. If you are a DXer and are interested in more information about the club please feel free to send me an email. 

QSL info: (The fun photos and such are near the bottom) 

Please note that a full year of incoming BURO cards were lost in transit, if you are expecting a card and it is overdue please resend.   

I vastly prefer LoTW but if using QSL cards here are the basic instructions

Direct International (DX) please enclose 1 greenstamp and SAE. Our outbound international postage is just $1.05 US so I can pay the extra $.05 to get a card to you (-:

USA, HF/ 6m V/U QSLs please include an SASE no greeenstamps needed.

For you hard working SWL-ers, just include the callsign for the other station in the QSO and other details, for a direct card no greenstamps required for SWL only SAE needed and I will take care of the postage -- or use the BURO

Sorry no eQsl But I will return all BURO cards quickly via the BURO. The BURO can take many months but I will do MY part quickly.

In the shack on HF and 6m I use an Elecraft K3 with LP-PAN panadapter, a Yaesu Quadra or a SPE 1.3K-FA amp and an old Dentron AT-3K tuner for bands (30/60m) where I have no resonant antennas.

Generally my full-time HF antennas are a small CushCraft A3S tribander up at 14 Meters or a 4 element  Parallel wire, Inverted “V” dipole that is cut for 12/17/40/80 Meters but kinda' works on all the other HF bands via the tuner. The “V” dipole is12 Meters high at the apex and the ends are about 4 meters off of the ground. For 160 Meters I use an inverted "L" at just 35' high and due to a small lot size the final run has some kinks and a dog-leg in it -- gotta do what you can.

When on 6 Meters I use a small Comet 4 element beam up about 50' above the ground. There is a nice terrain advantage here with a 225' drop-off toward the East. Prior to installing the Comet I used a 2 element homebrew Moxon with great success ($20 worth of parts from Home Depot -- see pictures near bottom).

For mobile, portable and on vacation I use a Yaesu FT-857D, LDG auto tuner, dipoles (screwdriver on the vehicle). We love heading out to remote areas in our vehicle and setting up a station using an 11 meter tall push pole for dipoles or vertical antennas. I still use the 6m Moxon (I originally built it for the house) when I am operating portable so watch for me from some “unique” grid squares from time to time!

Regards and good DX, John NA6L (XYL is KJ6JAL)


NPOTA micro rig



San Diego, California. East from the antenna! Inverted "V" 3 element 12/17/40/80m home QTH


Mexico Vacation Patio dipoles 20m (above) and 40m (on big pole)

Curacao as Maritime Mobile - Dipole in rigging! Beach "HAM Shack" with 11m tall Vertical


The Travel Rig "DX in a bag" Yaesu FT-857D -- add coax and some dipole wire and work the world. Jeep Mobile/Portable with 33' pushpole with dipole


Home Depot special, $20 moxon 2 element 6 meter beam built from 1/2" aluminum angle




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