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I'm located in San Carlos, CA just 30 minutes south of San Francisco. I've been a ham since 1986. 

I have a couple different radios:

IC-7100 for HF in the car or home. It's a flexible radio that does HF, VHF, and UHF. Plus I can connect it up to my computer for digital on any of the bands.

IC-2720 dual band mobile that I mostly use at home for a dedicated packet radio. I haven't been too active in regular packet lately, but I am very interested in Winlink 2000 on VHF and HF.

Motorola XPR 4550 and XPR 7550 for UHF DMR. This digital mode is fun for me and has been very popular here in northern California. It seems like pretty much everywhere in NorCal I can get into one of the digital DMR repeaters.

For antennas I use a Tarheel motorized screwdriver antenna with a 102" whip in the car. It can work well on all HF bands as long as the bands are open. At home I use a Diamond high gain dual band antenna for VHF/UHF and a Chameleon 60 ft wire antenna combined with an antenna tuner for HF. The Chameleon is a compromise, but it works on my small lot for 10-75 meters.

I volunteer some at the local Red Cross. Of course my focus is communications. 

Look'n forward to chatting with you on the air.





This is the Motorola DMR XPR 7550. There are maybe 50 UHF DMR repeaters in Northern California so lots of opportunity to use the radio at home and on the road. I've used it near San Francisco, in Yosemite, in Tahoe, and near Monterey. Just can't use it near Sacramento due to UHF restrictions near a military RADAR installation.




The picture below is from the top of Mt Hamilton near San Jose, CA. From here you can talk VHF to anywhere in the Bay Area. Great VHF DX location and the view wasn't that bad either.


The picture below is from the top of Mt Diablo. Another excellent radio spot with coverage from the Santa Cruz mountain to the Sierra Foothills. The day we were sightseeing up there I was able to make several simplex long distance VHF contacts.


This is thx XYL.  You won't hear her on the air much, but she is a licensed ham - KJ6PPC. 


A Ham's best friend; Juneau the wonder dog at Water Dog Lake park.  

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