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Formerly WB9JPS, licensed since 1972 and originally from Illinois. Was QRT from 1980 to 2011.

I enjoy operating CW and RTTY and have achieved 7BDXCC (270+) and 5BWAS. I'm a fairly competent contester, member of NCCC, and regular operator at N6RO. Chasing SOTA activations is also in my fun category--I'm a certified Shack Sloth. In the photo above, you can see my tiny operating position. The station resides on a cart that I originally built for some test equpment and it can be rolled around and covered up when a woodworking project is in progress. Dust is a big problem and I'm forever tidying up. My website is: http://www.wb9jps.com

QSL Policy: I prefer LOTW. Also upload regularly to Eqsl, Clublog, and HRD Logbook. OQRS available thru Clublog. DX can order a direct card for US$2, always free for USA (just email me to request). NO IRCs, my post office does not accept them.  http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/NA6O

Rig: Kenwood TS-590S,  Elecraft KPA500, Palstar tuner, WinKeyer USB, ANAN 10 for panfall display 

Antennas: (HOA area, everything is low-observable):

  • 80-15m fan dipoles at 15 feet (yes, 15 feet, or 5 m)
  • Cushcraft R6000 20-10 m
  • N6BT Bravo 84 80/40 m
  • Squalo for 6m, at about 16 ft but only temporary for VHF contests
  • Wellbrook ALA1530 shielded loop for low-noise receiving

Logging: HRD, and N1MM+ for contesting with MMTTY/2Tone and hardware FSK for RTTY.

I'm a retired electronics engineer and a graduate of the University of Illinois. My professional interests and experience are instrumentation, high-performance analog and interface circuit design, and physics diagnostics. I wrote two books, "LabVIEW Graphical Programming" and "LabVIEW Power Programming" and currently have nine patents in various fields. In my spare time, I enjoy fine woodworking, metalworking, and bicycling.

Here's my QSL card. That's a view of Mount Diablo during February, as seen from my front door. The fields are now all filled with Chardonnay grapevines, owned by Wente Bros. winery. Livermore is a big winegrowing area, among the first in the U.S. as it turns out. Also used to be a huge rose growing area.

Here is my mighty antenna farm. Hard to see? That's the idea. Paint your antenna with flat grey automotive primer, and it blends well with the sky and does not catch a glint in the sun. Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets in my CC&R community, where nobody has ratted on me yet. I have a nice T-shirt from hamapparel.com that says "HOA? Heck No." Glad I get to operate at N6RO with a real antenna farm.

Here is how I feed my dipoles. One LMR400 feedline goes to a little box with a Kilovac SPDT relay inside. Each dipole has its own common-mode choke, wound with RG400 on a type 31 ferrite toroid. Wires for the fan dipole are 20 AWG stranded Teflon (I had a bunch of surplus rolls of it!). The 80 m dipole uses 16 AWG magnet wire. The support pole is a 1-inch diameter clear acrylic rod. At the end of each dipole is a small spring to maintain tension; only a few pounds per wire is required.

My Four Keys. The Begali Sculpture is my main paddle; it's better than I am. I made the straight key from Cocbolo with hardware turned from brass. The Vibroplex is a beautiful piece of machinery, something I always wanted from when I was a teenager. Then I got a 1938 McElroy Deluxe and did some restoration on it, so now it's my main bug. To quote K1JD, "Bugs keep us honest."   On the right is my homebrew, fairly non-standard Woodbug. Full writeup is on my website.

SKCC member number 8335. Happy to QRS! CWops member number 1345. See you in the weekly CWTs.

               

Livermore, CA, is also one of only two cities in the US to have an element named after it, the other being Berkeley, CA.

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