About

Hello! I was originally licensed in 1984 back in Ohio where I grew up.

Station WB8ADF at CSU, 1985

Station WB8ADF at CSU, 1985

Quick & dirty digital QSO from the dining room, 2011

I currently live in central California. I work for Apple as a software engineer. I also am a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol.

For station equipment I primarily use the Elecraft KX3 HF radio, which is extremely portable. Since it’s basically a digital radio, I can receive digital modes and display the decoded text right on the unit. That’s very handy!

I also have a venerable Yaesu FT-757-GX and matching antenna tuner FC-757-AT, Yaesu FT-817ND and LDG Z100 tuner for QRP, and the Kenwood TM-V7 dual-bander and TH-G71 HT (both 2M/70cm). I use dipoles on 10 and 20, the G5RV end-fed Zepp for most HF abnds, ¬†an Outbacker PerthPLUS vertical. A pair of Hamstick dipoles on a 21′ MFJ collapsible mast rounds out the wire stuff.

K6MEC station in Sacramento, CA

ipho K6MEC station in Sacramento, CA

I’m mostly operating QRP digital modes these days (good patience-building practice), and I also enjoy building electronics projects, ATV (amateur TV) and digital modes. I’m planning on building a 20M portable XCVR for PSK31 and an aero-mobile ATV station (as I’m a pilot too).

Here are some other photos of my Ham exploits…

I love this analyzer! Great for tuning antennae.

I love this analyzer! Great for tuning antennae.

Mountain-topping from Bald Mountain, Bay Area CA

Mountain-topping from Bald Mountain, Bay Area CA

Here I am manning the radios at an unused FAA air traffic control tower we used as a base.

Here I am manning the radios at an unused FAA air traffic control tower we used as a base.

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Backyard antenna array. I opt for transportable, temporary antennas so I can be portable quickly.

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