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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'm sharing my station information because I'm curious about other stations and find most managed QRZ dot COM pages very interesting.

Please keep in mind that all of this equipment is protected by video cameras and very high tech (possibly hazardous) security systems.

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 clear improvements. 

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

So whats next? Lots and lots of practice in preparation for Level 3! After attending Level 2, I now have the tools I need to make progress, even if the band conditions are poor. 

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


My keys are Begali SculptureBegali AdventureNavy Flameproof, Vibroplex Blue Racer and Vibroplex Presentation. That should be enough keys - LOL

My Station:


My HF base station is Kenwood TS-990S, SPE Expert 1.3K-FA, Palstar HF-AUTO and All Band Doublet antenna. 


My mobile station (Go Box) is a Dodge RAM3500 equiped with Kenwood TS-480 and Hi-Q Piranha (6-160m). Here is a picture of one side of my Doublet, if you can see it - LOL


Both stations are equiped with various VHF, UHF and D-Star equipment. Also related computers and interfaces.

Motorcycle Mobile:

For motorcycle HF, I've replaced my ICOM 706MKIIG with a Elecraft KX3. That plus a 64:1 end-fed wire is easy to transport and setup making my camp evenings very enjoyable.

Motorcycle VHF project: Installed a Diamond (Radialess Antenna) on my tail. This is connected to a Kenwood TH-D72A on handlebars. The radio interacts with my Sena 20S helmet communicator via the Sena SR-10 interface. Still working out some RFI bugs but it's getting closer.

Latest update: I found the Kawasaki Concours C14 has very high noise on the DC line. I've installed a DC filter and ready for the next test.


Station Automation:

Recently I decided to automate more of my base station. Since the TS-990, SPE Expert and HF-Auto use different CAT interfaces / methods I decided to create a piece of software that:

  • Reads the TS-990S frequency via TCP
  • Passes that frequency to the SPE amp over a serial interface
  • Passes that frequency to HFAUTO, by W1TR Software, via UDP

Running my software in the background keeps the amp set to the correct band and the Palstar HF-Auto tuner set to the correct preset L & C values.

Here is a snap of the tool display:

This setup allows me to run various software in parallel without having to config each tool to drive the amp and tuner.

HAM Repeaters

Over the last 6 years, I've had the opportunity to help some friends build and maintain repeaters on hilltops in the area. It's been a great way to learn the RF technology behind the face plate. Each of my mentors have decades of communication experience and show great patience imparting their knowledge. 

Hardware Project: DTMF Board

When I get a chance, I've taken a few min's to learn a little about Microprocessors. So far I've designed a watchdog, temp/humity and DTMF boards.

The DTMF project was imortalized in a PCB.

I enjoy putting the hardware and software together.

No shop today would be complete without building a Smartphone application, my smartphones will always be Android. So far I've built an application to control an AC switch and one that shows the telemetry data from my home built telemetry boards.

And then there are the various WEB Site things..... :)



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

Or on HF at:

80M early PST 3.704 LSB
Group 7.155, Sunrise PST 7.155 LSB
CW Region between 30kh zand 40khz above the bottom of bands. I'm not fast but I'm persistent.

Or on one of these repeaters:

Call Sign Tx Freq Tone
W6EK 145.430- 162.2
N6ZN 224.480- 131.8
N6ICW 147.195+ 123.0
D-STAR (West Rocklin CA) 442.125 +  



When I'm not on the radio's I enjoy the open road on my Kawasaki Concours C14.

Foresthill, CA

In June, 2016, I completed a loop up eastern Oregon / Washinging and back down the west coast to Fort Bragg, CA. Both states have some awesome landscape and places to see.

Operating the KX3 Semi-Pedestrian at Oregon KOA
Crescent Lake, WA

To complete the motorpool I've officially joined the RV world. This is a picture of my travel trailer on it's madden voyage to Willits, CA.

The poles on front and back hold an End-Fed wire and Dual Band vhf / uhf base antenna.

Willits, CA

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
  • FISTS #17313
  • NAQCC #7998

ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE)

Retired: Information Technology Manager, Hewlett Packard (34years)

Former: Army MARS - AAR9LF

HAM License History:

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

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