October 2019 California QSO Party, Frazier Peak
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 honored to operate from N6NB's monster station in Tehachapi, California.
Today, I usually 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 is featured in an industrial brochure by Soitec.
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.
Today, I sometimes join AF6O at his contest station in Piñon Hills, California.
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 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 WW WPX SSB (with NB6E and K6VCR, Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, CM95, #2 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator Single Transmitter)
May 2015 CQ WW WPX CW (AH7T operation from Big Island of Hawaii, BK29)
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)
March 2016 CQ WW WPX SSB (with K6VCR, at Palomar Mountain, San Diego County, DM13, #3 W6 Call Area, Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter, High Power)
July 2016 IARU HF World Championship (#1 Santa Barbara Section, Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter, Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, with operators N6MI and K6VCR, and a post-contest SOTA visit from W1ZU)
October 2016 California QSO Party (#1 Kern County, #8 California, Multiple-Operator, Single Transmitter, High Power, with K6VCR, 10 miles east of Mojave, Kern County, DM05)
March 2017 CQ WW WPX SSB (#2 W6 Call Area, #11 United States, Multiple-Operator, Single Transmitter, High Power, San Bernardino County, DM14, with a team of N6MI, K6VCR and AF6O, at AF6O's high desert station)
October 2017 California QSO Party (#6 Los Angeles County, a few hours in the driveway with a whip on the roof of the van)
June 2018 ARRL June VHF Contest (#1, San Joaquin Valley Section, Single Operator, High Power, Kern County, Mojave Desert, DM15aa)
June 2018 ARRL Field Day (1,727 contacts, four operators -- N6MI, K6VCR, KB9FKO, and NB6E in SJV at Tecuya Mountain, Kern County, DM04)
July 2018 IARU HF World Championship (AF6O operation in San Bernardino County, DM14, #1 Orange Section, #6 Zone 6 Multi-operator, Single Transmitter, with a team of K6VCR, N6MI and AF6O, at AF6O's high desert station)
October 2018 California QSO Party (#1 Ventura County, #11 California, Multiple Operator, One Transmitter, High Power, Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DM04, with N6MI and K6VCR -- 32 degrees at night and one beautiful sunrise on Saturday morning)
June 2019 ARRL June VHF Contest (Tecuya Mountain, Kern County, DM04)
June 2019 Field Day (Frazier Peak, 8,013 foot elevation, Ventura County, DM04, 1,855 raw contacts with good food, strong winds, a nice sunrise,a four element 20 meter beam on the van, K6VCR, NB6E, KB9FKO, N6MI and Mr. Broden Weeks)
October 2019 California QSO Party (1,112 contacts and 57 multipliers in the N6MI van, at Frazier Peak, Ventura County, DMO4, with AF6O, N6MI, a fresh N7DA, and N7DA late at night in the tight operating position)
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 truck.
July 2011, IARU HF World Championship (#1 Single Operator, Mixed Mode, Low Power, San Diego Section, IARU Zone 6)
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
Transmitter hunts (t-hunts)
Amateur Radio Extra Class license, N6MI (first licensed in 1969)
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)
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.
I will continue to 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
You can also contact me at email@example.com.