Amateur Radio

I’ve been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1990 and hold an Extra class rating. My FCC callsign is N9JPG and I operate on many bands and modes including satellite. I’m a member of the Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs (WCRA), Former President and Secretary of WCRA and a ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE).


My hamshack has evolved over the years and is mostly inter-connected for digital control from my computer.

HF Station: IC-7410 with custom pan-adapter using a SDR dongle and a small USB powered display. For that extra power boost I use a solid-state Elecraft KPA500 amp and KAT500 Tuner. SWR and Power are checked with a Daiwa CN-801.

VHF/UHF Station: Icom IC-910H with Kantronics KPC-3 TNC and Astron VS-50M power supply

To improve the audio punch I use an EQPlus with a Heil GM-5 and MC-60 mixed into a Behringer Xyenx 802 mixer and iPlus to switch between radios. Receive audio is mixed with mic audio with the Behringer UB802 Mixer and recorded in the pc on demand.

Pyle PTA3 Audio Amp, Rig Blaster Plus (audio interface to PC) and Dedicated external sound card using a Soundblaster XFI USB


10-12-15-17-20 meter Hexbeam, 40-80-160 meter trapped dipole, 30 meter dipole, 10 to 40 meter New Carolina Windom, 6 Meter 3 Element Gulf Alpha Beam. HF antennas are remotely switched using a DX Engineering CC-8A. The HF beam is spun with a Yaesu G-800DXA Rotor that’s linked to my PC via an Idiom Press daughter board.

The M2 2MCP14 VHF antenna and M2 436CP30 UHF antenna are spun with a Yaesu G-5500 Rotor and LVB Tracker interface. SSB SP-7000 UHF and VHF Preamps, Polyphaser Lightning Surge Supressors are used.

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