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Tom Smerk
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AA6TS Ham Since 1988
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N6TKT

My Ham Radio Interests
First Licensed: October 11, 1988
Location: Dulzura, CA (Southeastern San Diego County)

I am International Editor for CQ Amateur Radio Magazine. My column, “CQ World Wide,” began with the April 2013 issue. The focus of the column is to report ham radio news around the world. If you have friends or contacts living in other countries that could send me reports and stories of newsworthy happenings, please have them contact me at aa6ts at cq-amateur-radio dot com.

Equipment
Rigs are: Kenwood TS-570S(G) 160 – 6 meters; Atlas 350-XL with 350-PS matching power supply; Kenwood TH-F6 Tri-Band (2m/220/440) handi-talkie; Yaesu FT-7900R dual-band VFH/UHF at home; Yaesu FTM-400DR in my car; a Yaesu FT-8000R dual band VHF/UHF and an Icom IC-207H dual-band VHF/UHF in my go-kit; a Realistic TRC-450 AM/SSB 40 channel CB and a Sears Roadtalker 40 sideband CB base; and scanners (including GRE PSR-800, two Realistics and two Bearcats), five shortwave radios including Sony and Grundig; and FRS radios for CERT events. Amplifiers are a Collins 30L-1 for HF and a Falcon 5122 150 watt 2-meterlinear power amplifier for 2-meters. A Janel QSA-5 2-meter preamp helps on the RX side.

Antennas include a Cobra UltraLite Senior Dipole up 35 feet; Diamond X510HDM for 2 meters/440; a Comet SSB-224NMO tri-band mobile whip antenna in the car; Smiley SMI 27-006 tri-band SMA antenna for the HT; five rotatable hamstick dipoles (10/15/20/40/75) a Larsen 2/70 mag-mount mobile whip antenna for vhf/uhf in my go-kit; and a Shakespeare “Big Stick” CB antenna.

Power supplies include an Astron RS-35M power supply for the HF rig and station accessories; an 83 amp Lambda LZS-1000 for the VHF amp; TrippLite LC-1200a Line tabilizer/Conditioner; a Belkin 12 volt UPS battery backup unit and two 35 ah solar batteries for the go-kit.

Accessories include a Timewave ANC-4 antenna noise reduction unit, MFJ 941D Tuner; two Shure 444 desk mics; Comet CMX2300 Twin HF-VHF/UHF meters, NCG 2050 SWR & power meter; Radio Shack SWR & power meter; AEA PK-12 packet controller and Tigertronics SignalLink USB for the digital modes.

Other Interests
When I am not on the radio or listening to my scanners or shortwave, I am a professor of Business Information Technology for the San Diego Community College District. My main focus is to train adults to gain employment as office workers and administrators. My favorite topics are Windows 7, Internet and Web Page Design. I also work as a “Virtual Assistant” and teach an online Virtual Assistant class for Grossmont College. I offer a variety of services, but I special in document editing, proofreading, web page design, and developing online training to complement textbooks.

I have also been a professional musician since 1965 and occasionally play around the area either as a solo artist or with a jazz band. I have six CDs available for purchase on my entertainer web site at http://musician.tomsmerk.com. I have a few books that I am writing that I might actually get published some day! Besides ham radio and music, my hobbies are traveling, estate sales and classic autos and muscle cars.

I love to write, and besides my monthly column and feature stories for CQ Magazine, I also write feature articles for other magazines, and I am working on five non-fiction books.

I am married with four children, one deceased and three living out of state (Two in Kentucky and one in Arizona). My hobbies are weather, recreation and traveling, estate sales and classic autos and muscle cars.

Clubs
REACT, ARES, RACES, California Disaster Corps, CERT, Southwest California Skywarn (PIO), and the Mountain Empire Amateur Radio Club.

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