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Former KI6QNZ

New ham. From Tech(5/08) to extra(6/08) in nothing flat. I figured just get past the tests. And then have fun learning everything.

Common Modes

If I am on, I am on N6NFI.


I am taking every opportunity given to me to be net control. IF in the SF Bay area on the 9AM Talk net I am net contorl on Mondays and the the FARS weekly net, also on N6NFI at 8PM on Thursday.  FARS website, k6ya.org.  

Check out the 9am talk net on echolink,  KR6DD and W6REK  makes an echolink node available that connects to N6NFI where the net is held Monday through Friday from 9AM-10AM or later.

11th San Mateo Maker Fair, May 20-22, 2016

The 2016 was the 11th San Mateo maker Faire.  I organized a booth running a ARRL VEC testing all weekend.  35 people tested, 23 passed.  14 new techs.  5 - zero to general, 1 zero to Extra.  2 upgrades to general and 1 upgrade to extra.  Between testing and talking to people there was only a bit of slow time at the end of the days.

As of this weekend I have over 50 ARRL VE sessions under my belt.

Big Operating Day - California QSO Party

Being in a condo, I rarely operate HF.  Come the California QSO party, I put in 8-12 hours.

 2014, I won Montery County.  My FT-857 with a SSB 2.1Hz filter and a buddipole.

2015, I worked San Benito County with a great team under the call of K6N. We won the gold rush challenge coin.

Maker Faire

Ran a booth from 2009 through 2012, and 2015 & 2016..  2013 I help a friend at his booth selling tinyduinos and nixie tubes.  In 2014 I reworked my weather station for Parachute Mobile and showed it off in the Arduino booth.  2015 & 2016 i ran ARRL VE sessions.

VE Activities

I help when I can at the BAEARS.org ham cram.  I also help a VE session in downtown Saratoga, Ca  on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.  So I help about once a month.

Kit Building

Just a little stale, have not really done much since 2012.

I just finished my first kit with a tqfp-64 chip, the NUE-PSK modem. The modem is mostly SMT. You can see images of the board as I soldered it here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpechner/sets/72157623041407154/

I have built and am debugging a Small Wonder Labs PSK31 20M. I sent it back to Dave. I did not adjust the L4 & L5 inductors correctly. It is working now.

I have built all the measurment tools from M3 Electronixs.

From norcal I've biuld the dummy load and the s1-s9 kits.

From Ten-Tech I'vec bilt the 1253 regenerative 9 band receiver.

I have the AT-Sprint, roftrock(many) BITX 02 na Norcal 2030 waiting in the wings.

Plus general fun LED or Noise kits from various suppliers.

My favorite kit sites can be found here:

Truthfully I feel the Elecraft K2 is expensive. By the time I make it equivilent to my FT-857 it is twice the cost. The base kit is $690. But, the K2 is THE only kit out there that is a full all mode tranceiver. Everything else is single mode more or single band. So, I want to build one. Get the Heath kit feeling. I hope Elecraft never stops making it. But it would be nice of they could cost redice it.

Emergency Communications

I am persuing mutliple goals. One is to become an emergency communicator. I have taken ics 100,200,700, 800, NIMS, SEMS. I am in process of joining ares/races in the city where I live and the one where I work.

I have taken CERT training through the city of Palo Alto. I am now a Panda. I spent a day with Santa Clara CERT to join that program, HEAT. So I am a PANDA in HEAT.


I played with kantronics, paccomm and tnc-x. I've set up BBS and use outpost and pacforms. I still haven't learned to do kb2kb. I bought and tried 9600. I was told by a number of people that the KPC 9612+ was not a good choice for 9600.

I've setup a couple of aprs stations. Interesting, but I have not had the oportunity to make practical use of it.

I've played with SSTV using easypal and mmtv under someones guidance. Mad Scientists ARC have a Friday net that is fun.

I've gotten hooked on psk31. I do this remotely on w7dxx and on my ft857 using a tigertronics interace to my computer.

I just finished writting a program that takes APRS data captured off my Kantraonics to create a KML file for display on google earth. Here is the data from a jump Mark Meltzer, AF6IM, did on Mark 20, 2010. This is done are part of http://parachuteMobile.org.=

Other things I'm playing with

I've setup echolink in all 3 modes.


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