N6MI/6

My call is N6MI.

I operate amateur radio (ham radio) contests, Field Day style, from multiple California counties and grid squares.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, I operated portable from a pickup truck. I replaced the passenger seat with radios. In addition to a yagi at 30 feet on a push up mast, I sometimes used a commercial blimp to raise a long wire antenna.

On occasion, I was invited to operate from N6NB's monster station in Tehachapi, California.

Today, I operate a FlexRadio 6500 and an ACOM A600S amplifier in a former electronic news gathering (ENG)/cellular on wheels (COW). This van has a 56 foot pneumatic mast, a five kilowatt generator under the hood, and seven batteries. The N6MI van was profiled in CQ Amateur Radio magazine (February 2012). A photograph of the N6MI van was featured in an industrial brochure by Soitec. You can see the van in a June 2010 Field Day video (Monterey County, 2A SCV, CM95) -- video by Jennifer Cobas.

With the help of visiting operators (including K6VCR and NB6E), I earned DXCC from the van (with mixed, CW, and phone endorsements). I also have four-band DXCC certificates for working more than 100 countries from the van on 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters.

 

Portable contesting

March 2010 CQ WW WPX SSB (with K6VCR and KI6ACI, Jacumba Mountains, San Diego County, DM12, #3 W6 call area, Multiple Operator, High Power)

June 2010 ARRL June VHF QSO Party (Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, DM25)

October 2010 California QSO Party (Inyo County, DM15)

May 2011 CQ WW WPX CW Contest (Riverside County, DM23)

June 2011 ARRL VHF Contest (Imperial County, Chocolate Mountains, DM23, #1 Multi-Operator, San Diego Section)

October 2011 California QSO Party (Inyo County, DM15, #1 Inyo County Single Operator High Power)

October 2011 CQ WW DX SSB (Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, DM15, #9 W6 Call Area, Single Operator High Power)

November 2011 CQ WW DX CW (Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95, #21 W6 Call Area, Single Operator High Power)

February 2012 ARRL DX CW (Riverside County, DM23)

May 2012 CQ WW WPX CW (Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, DM14)

June 2012 ARRL June VHF Contest (Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, #5 United States, Multi-Operator at N6VI; operators N6MI, WB2WIK, K6ZMW, KG6NWJ, and N6VI)

June 2012 Field Day (Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95)

July 2012 IARU HF Championship (Mt. McDill, Los Angeles County, DM04, #1 Los Angeles Section, Single Operator, Mixed Mode, Low Power)

October 2012 California QSO Party (Riverside County, DM23, #2 Single-Operator, California Expedition)

November 2012 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes (San Bernardino County, DM14; with N6MI and AF6O)

November 2012 CQ WW DX CW (Riverside County, DM23, #15 W6 Call Area, Single Operator High Power)

February 2013 ARRL DX CW (Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, DM15)

March 2013 CQ WW WPX SSB (Riverside County, DM23, #5 W6 Call Area, Single Operator, High Power, #3 W6 Call Area Tribander/Single Element, High Power)

May 2013 CQ WW WPX CW (Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, DM15)

June 2013 ARRL June VHF Contest (Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, #3 United States, Multi-Operator at N6VI; operators N6MI, K6VCR, WB2WIK, W6YLZ, K6ZMW, and N6VI)

June 2013 ARRL Field Day (Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95)

October 2013 California QSO Party (Mojave Desert, Kern County, DM04, #1 Kern County, Single Operator High Power)

November 2013 CQ WW DX CW (Mojave Desert, Kern County, DM04, #9 W6 Call Area, Single Operator High Power)

May 2014 CQ WW WPX CW (with NB6E at Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95, with a gangbuster vertical and radials on 40 meters, #2 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter, High Power)

June 2014 ARRL June VHF Contest (Alvord Mountain, San Bernardino County, DM15, with K6VCR and 34,322 angry killer bees)

June 2014 Field Day (3A SCV, Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95)

July 2014 IARU HF World Championship (Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, #1 Single Operator, Mixed Mode, High Power, Santa Barbara Section)

October 2014 CQ WW DX SSB (Riverside County, DM23, #1 W6 call area, Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)

November 2014 CQ WW DX CW (San Bernardino County, DM14, at AF6O's super station, #3 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)

March 2015 CQ WPX SSB (with NB6E and K6VCR, Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95, #2 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)

May 2015 CQ WPX CW (AH7T operation from Big Island of Hawaii, BK29)

June 2015 ARRL Field Day (with K6VCR in his contest trailer, KK6NON in the N6MI van, and a big team at KI6BJN, San Diego County, DM12, #2 United States, Class 5A)

July 2015 IARU HF World Championship (#1 Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO's Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13)

October 2015 California QSO Party (top California Multi-Operator Single Transmitter Expedition, with K6VCR, NB6E, and a four element 20 meter yagi at Lake San Antonio, #1 Monterey County, CM95)

October 2015 CQ WW DX SSB (with K6VCR at Palomar Mountain, San Diego County, DM13, #3 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)

November 2015 CQ WW DX CW (San Bernardino County, DM14, #3 W6 Call Area, Single Operator, High Power, at AF6O super station)

March 2016 CQ WPX WW SSB (with K6VCR, at Palomar Mountain, San Diego County, DM13)

May 2016 CQ WPX WW CW (at Alvord Mountain, San Bernardino County, DM15)

June 2016 ARRL VHF Contest (at Palomar Mountain, with K6VCR, DM13)

June 2016 Field Day (with KJ6SSY, at Tecuya Mountain, Kern County, DM04)

July 2016 IARU HF World Championship (Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, with operators N6MI and K6VCR, and a post-contest SOTA visit from W1ZU)

 

Mobile contesting

When I don't have a full weekend to devote to contesting, I will sometimes operate CW and SSB contests from my four wheel drive Nissan truck.

July 2011, IARU HF World Championship (#1 Single Operator, Mixed Mode, Low Power, San Diego Section, IARU Zone 6)

October 2014, California QSO Party (with K6VCR, operated in counties of Kern DM04, Ventura DM04 [new M/S LP record], Orange DM13 [new M/S LP record], and Los Angeles DM04)

 

AH7T operation (CQ World Wide WPX CW 2015)

QSL information for AH7T follows.

In May 2015, I operated the CQ WW WPX CW contest with the North Shore Contest Club, AH7T, from the big island of Hawaii (Hawaii County, BK29, #3 Oceania, Single Operator, High Power) at the contest station and bed and breakfast of KH6RC. For the 1,398 QSOs with AH7T between May 30-31, 2015 (UTC), you may confirm your QSO with AH7T via LOTW (Log of the World). If you need a QSL card, please send a 4.5 by 5.75 inch (or larger) self-addressed envelope to:

J. Scott Bovitz
AH7T
Bovitz & Spitzer
1100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 2403
Los Angeles, California
90017-1961

 

Transmitter hunts (t-hunts)

Since the 1980s, I have been active in the 24-hour transmitter hunts in the mountains and deserts of Southern California (primarily on 146.565 MHz FM).

 

N6MI biography

Amateur Radio Extra Class license, N6MI (first licensed in 1969)

Lawyer, photographer, composer, web master of bovitz.com

Volunteer Counsel, American Radio Relay League (1981-present)

Transmitter hunting activities profiled, Los Angeles Times, Outdoor Section (March 30, 2004)

Member, United States National Radiosports Team, International Friendship Amateur Radio Games -- silver team and personal bronze medals (1991, 1993)

Speaker on radio direction finding (transmitter hunting), ham radio contests, audio, photography, and other amateur radio topics at:

Amateur Radio Relay League -- National Convention (1992, 2012)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Pacific Division (scheduled 2016)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Southwest Division Convention (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Northwest Division Convention (1991)
Downey Amateur Radio Club (1997, 2012, 2015)
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 860, Hermosa Beach (2013)
Pasadena Amateur Radio Club (1997, 1998, 2012)
61st Annual International DX Convention (2010)
Amateur Radio Association of Long Beach (2010)
Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps SATERN (2010)
South Bay Amateur Radio Club (2006)
Fullerton Radio Club (1992, 1994, 2000)
TRW Amateur Radio Club (1996, 1998, 1999)
Southern California DX Club (1998)
Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (1998)
Edgewood Amateur Radio Society (1997)
Annual VHF/UHF Conferences (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996)
Antelope Valley Amateur Radio Club (1992, 1995)
Anaheim Amateur Radio Association (1995)
Western Amateur Radio Association (1995)
Cal Tech Amateur Radio Club (1995)
Beach Cities Wireless Society (1995)
San Fernando Valley Radio Club (1994)
Moreno Valley Radio Club (1994)
Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach (1994)
San Gabriel Valley Radio Club (1991, 1994)
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (1993)
Orange County Amateur Radio Club (1993)
Victor Valley Radio Association (1990)

 

QSL information for N6MI

I am honored by the thousands of beautiful QSL cards which I have received via the QSL bureau. I send reply QSLs when my busy professional schedule permits. But, despite my best efforts, I am simply not able to check my logs and reply to all of your QSL cards.

However...

I post all N6MI contest QSOs after January 1, 2010 to Logbook of the World. LoTW is an easy method to confirm a recent QSL with N6MI.

If you really want (or need) my paper QSL card, please mail your own QSL card *and* a self-addressed envelope. No money or postage is required. I will promptly return my own QSL card in your envelope. Use this address:

J. Scott Bovitz
N6MI
Bovitz & Spitzer
1100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 2403
Los Angeles, California
90017-1961

You can also contact me at bovitz@bovitz.com.


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N6MI