Welcome to the W6AER Ham Radio Station website. My name is Lucas and my QTH is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in Pacifica, San Mateo County, California. The QTH is just 10 Miles (6 Km) South of the city of San Francisco. The Station is almost at the very top of the city at 800ft (250m) overlooking the Pacific Ocean giving me a real advantage when trying to catch those tricky DX signals.
As time allows or based on my mood, you can find me on VHF/UHF (2m Mostly) but pretty regularly on HF. I operate all band 160m-10m and 6m when open during the season & during contests. My operating is split between SSB/CW and Digital modes (FT8, JT65/9, PSK, RTTY, SSTV, etc). My goal is to better my CW skills although you will hear me regularly during CW contests or calling the DX in a pile up. I do consider myself a DX-er afterall.
And of course you may also find me talking to the birds (operating satellite) and operating weak signal VHF/UHF, although go through phases. Being on the coast I still regularly monitor the Marine Band. I am also very close to SFO (San Francisco International Airport) and that offers some downtime listening as well as run multiple scanners and occasionally running APRS when on the road.
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Grid Square: CM87sp / ITU Zone: 6 / CQ Zone: 3
Local Time: PST (GMT - 8:00) DST Observed
QTH: City of Pacifica, San Mateo County, California, USA
Latitude: 37.6494480 / Longitude: -122.4768440
A Little About...
This site was created in November of 2012 as a central point of information for local hams as well as myself. I try to keep it as up-to-date as time allows. QSOs are updated real time on this site as they happen. If you find information that could be improved and/or is outdated please drop me a line. Also be sure to check out my QRZ site if you get a chance.
Given the location, this site caters to the San Francisco Bay Area Ham Radio / Scanner community mostly but hopefully visitors from other areas will find information here just as useful. Some of you may recall the SFBA Frequency guide (mainly catering to scanner junkies at the time, 1996 to about 2002-ish) as a sub section on my companies site which I mainatained just for fun. When I took it down and moved domain names, I was getting at least 3-4 emails a day asking what happened and what was I thinking taking it down. It has been back on and off in various shapes and forms since then. Well It's back for good in it's new permanent home. While not as detailed due to lack of time, you can find it Right here (See menu)!
In addition to the obvious, the SFBA Frequency & repeater guides, You will also find photos, projects I am working on, many tips, Downloads and general reference guides which I have been keeping for personal use and now am sharing. This includes everything from codes, frequency charts, conversion guides and so on (Changes Often). You will also find various presentations I have done for ham clubs and so on.
If you find something incorrect and/or have an update, I would really appreciate if you could let me know by contacting me. I like to keep things as up-to-date as possible. Thank you! - Lucas / W6AER