Current operating position at KG6MZS.
The Station

Currently I operate an Elecraft K3 mostly in the digital modes. I finished off the interior of a tool shed and use it as a radio shack. It doubles as a clean tool shed and a music studio. For antennas I use a multiband doublet that is resonate on 40m. It is up about 40 feet in the trees around the shack. I also have a full-sized 20m rotatable dipole, a 10m rotatable dipole and a Comet CX-333 vertical for 2m and 70cm. There is a map of the rest of the gear below.

Using Boot Camp on a vintage iMac, I run Windows 8.1 native.

I started my digital operations using DigiPan 2.0 in 2007 and I liked the simplicity of the interface and the look of the DigiPan waterfall. However, the logging capabilities of Digipan left me looking for a new program to control my digital on-air operations. I looked at Digital Master 780 because so many operators I made contact with were using it, but I found the look of the interface daunting and couldn’t get it to work the way I wanted. Mix W was far more robust than DigiPan and I used it for a few years and honed my digital operating skills.

Then a friend showed me his Digital Master 780 interface and I loved it! It looked nothing like the DM780 straight-out-ofithe box default interface. It took a lot of trial and error, but the GUI was customizable to fantastic degree. I’ve been using the Ham Radio Deluxe suite for over a decade now.

So software that works well for the beginner isn’t necessarily software that suits the more experienced user.

Here’s a roadmap to what’s in my shack these days.
Latest Posts


Downtown Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island at sunrise 29 NOVEMBER 2020 W6/CT-150 The Sunday after Thanksgiving Brian WA6JFK and I decided to work off the mashed potatoes with another tandem activation – Brian on Hoyt Mountain and me on 4,202 right next door. The road head for 4,202 is the sameContinue reading “4,202′”

Frazier Mountain

25 NOVEMBER 2020 W6/CC-003 After hiking up Mount Pinos I drove over to Frazier Mountain to meet my friends Brian WA6JFK and Scott WA9STI. I last drove up this mountain on July 3rd, 1989. The road seemed rougher than I remembered it from 31 years ago and the abandoned fire lookout was more decrepit (seeContinue reading “Frazier Mountain”

Mount Pinos

25 NOVEMBER 2020 W6/CC-002 I’ve skied to this summit far more often than I have hiked it. It is fun terrain for cross country skis and at 8,848′ it has snow much the winter, on average. My first trip to this summit was on June 9th, 1974 – just before graduating from Palisades High School.Continue reading “Mount Pinos”

Oat Mountain

13 NOVEMBER 2020 FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH W6/CT-032 I can see Oat Mountain from the window of my radio shack window here in Topanga. It’s easy for me work repeaters on Oat with 500 mW and a rubber duck. My last hike up there was 24 years ago back when it was all private property. NowContinue reading “Oat Mountain”


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