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Bonnie Crystal
KQ6XA
Other callsigns:
VR2/KQ6XA (Hong Kong), OA4/KQ6XA (Peru), OA8/KQ6XA (Peru), OA9/KQ6XA (Peru)
Commonly KQ6XA/M (Mobile), KQ6XA/PM (Pedestrian Mobile), KQ6XA/BM (Bike Mobile)

After a half century in ham radio, my interest today has grown toward forging the future of the Amateur Radio Service through modernization of our HF communication systems and methods. I believe in the importance of hams embracing new technologies, especially in HF. Miniaturization, mobility and portability, interoperability, interconnectivity, as well as digitization of signals and selective calling systems are playing a big part in our future. HF is an extremely valuable resource at the core of ham radio. 
Background Story 
I learned morse code at the age of 8 and built my first AM radio on a breadboard kit at 11, from a box of transistors and parts.  I rewound the coil with magnet wire and picked up some hams talking on 80 meters. I've been working in electronics ever since. 
After an early career with telecom networks and radio stations, my knowledge of the details and nuances of electronics increased... I wanted to create products and invent new things. I went into RF Engineering in Silicon Valley... designing such things as pagers, early cellphones, satellite gear, antennas, cutting-edge MRI machines, telecom equipment, and flat panel displays. As a corporate exec these days, I don't get as much time to do design engineering. Ham radio provides an outlet for that spark of electronic creativity.

 

Founder of: 

HFpack 

Organization for

HF Portable

HFpack 

about 10,000 members worldwide

KQ6XA KQ6XA HF Bike Mobile . KQ6XA Death Valley
Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA | KQ6XA/BM Bike Mobile on HF SSB 18 MHz | KQ6XA/PM Death Valley
KQ6XA Operating HF SSB KQ6XA presenting at IARU Global Emergency Communications Conference KQ6XA
Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA on ALE HF SSB | Presenting paper on ALE for EMCOMM at GAREC | Antenna testing metrics
breadboard kit
My first breadboard electronic kit, with european transistors, capacitors, and diodes, spring-loaded contacts in a pegboard configuration.

Ham Radio Interests

HF Interoperability Communications - Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) -International Frequency Coordination and Bandplanning - HF Portable - / Bicycle Mobile - / Pedestrian Mobile - RF and Radio Design - Antenna Design - Cave Radio - HF Digital/Analog Communications - HF Networking - HF Selcall

Bonnie KQ6XA/PM operating Pedestrian Mobile HF with friend Ken WB6MLC/PM

Operating Pedestrian Mobile HF on an island in San Francisco Bay with fellow HFpacker Ken WB6MLC/PM

HFpackHFpack

 HFpack

The first HFpack Pedestrian Mobile Event at Dayton in 2003

Founder of: 

HFLINK  
Organization for 
ALE 

Automatic Link Establishment 

and HF Interoperability

HFLINK

about 6000 members worldwide


Global ALE High Frequency Network

Band
DATA
 
VOICE
 
80m
3596.0
USB
3791.0
USB
80m
-
-
3996.0
USB (USA)
60m
5371.5
USB
5357.0
USB (USA)
40m
7102.0
USB
7185.5
USB
40m
-
-
7296.0
USB (USA)
30m
10145.5
USB
10145.5
USB
20m
14109.0
USB
14346.0
USB
17m
18106.0
USB
18117.5
USB
15m
21096.0
USB
21437.5
USB
12m
24926.0
USB
24932.0
USB
10m
28146.0
USB
28312.5
USB
 
 

Co-Founder of: Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN)
Global ALE High Frequency Network     Global ALE High Frequency Network     Global ALE High Frequency Network
ALE selective calling for SSB Voice to individual stations - or short text message relay 

Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN)
Ham Radio ALE Network Map

Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN) 
Active net on the air 24 - 7 - 365 all HF Bands: 
80m - 60m -40m - 30m - 20m - 17m - 15m - 12m - 10m
ALE: Connectivity and interoperability, anywhere in the world. 

KQ6XA Linked ALE

Supporter of: 

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

Presenter at:

GAREC-2007, Huntsville AL, USA.

Presenter and Panelist at:

GAREC-2009, Tokyo, Japan

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC)

IARU 

 

GAREC Global Amateur Radio Communications Conference

International Amateur Radio Coordinator:

Automatic Link Establishment (ALE)

International Amateur Radio Coordinator: Ham Radio Database of HF Selcall Addresses

TO SEND A SELCALL TO KQ6XA: 

Simply play the following MP3 file into your microphone while transmitting 

How to Contact KQ6XA

on HF radio 24/7/365:

1. Use Automatic Link Establishment (ALE)

2. Transmit an individual call to "KQ6XA" on the Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN).

Communications for Scientific and Speleological Expeditions

Avocation: Cave Explorer 

Peru caving expeditions: OA9/KQ6XA, 1999 and 2004 Peru Speleological Expedition Basecamps (cave discovery & exploration) on 14,000ft Andes mountain peaks in Amazon of Peru. Antenna: V-beam 126ft long. Transceiver: HF SSB/CW 25W Vertex VX-1210. Power: 2x 5AH Lithium Ion Battery packs charged by 1A solar panels. Other radios in use for these expeditions: 5x Icom VHF-FM HTs, Portable VHF-FM Simplex Repeater powered by alkaline D-cells, 3x Mizuho 7MHz SSB HTs 2W PEP.

High Frequency and Low Frequency Cave Radio and Radiolocation Surveying 

Radio systems for cave exploration and speleological survey: 185kHz homebrew 10W SSB Transceivers with RDF-Beacons using square multi-turn loop antennas. Mizuho 7MHz SSB HTs 2W with base loaded whip antenna or 1/4wave wire antenna stretched out on ground or cave passage.

Best-selling author:

World #1 yearly NYT bestseller radio book of all time, at over 4 million copies

Professional:

 

Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Founder of technology companies, publicly-traded corporations. RF Engineer.  Communications consultant for various entities, including: International Emergency / Disaster Relief / Development Organizations, NGOs, World Bank, corporations, publications, media, etc.

Some interesting ham sites:

Kachina MP-25

Scientific Radio Systems SR-MP-25

Super Antenna MP-1

HF Portable Antenna

Portable HF Antenna

Icom IC-F8101

Icom IC-F7000

THP Tokyo Hy Power HT-750

HF Portable Antennas

Ham Antenna

Ham Antennas

Amateur Antennas

 

 
   
 
HFpack Calling Frequency Chart
Dial Frequency kHz Mode Description
 

160 meters

1845.0 USB/DATA HFpack
1996.0 USB HFPACK USA

80 meters

3559.0 CW HFpack
3791.0 USB HFPACK
3845.0 USB HFPACK USA East
3885.0 AM AM Walkie Talkie
3996.0 USB HFPACK USA
3997.0 CW HFpack USA West

60 meters

5332.0 CW HFPACK CW
5371.5 USB HFPACK 
5403.5 USB HFPACK

40 meters

7029.5 CW HFPACK CW
7185.5 USB HFPACK
7296.0 USB HFPACK

30 meters

10117.5 CW HFPACK
10136.5 USB HFPACK (not available in some areas)

20 meters

14059.0 CW HFpack CW
14342.5 USB HFPACK
14343.0 CW HFpack (CW cross-mode SSB)
14346.0 USB HFPACK QSY

17 meters

18081.5 CW HFpack CW
18117.5 USB HFPACK QSY
18157.5 USB HFPACK
18158.0 CW HFPACK (CW cross-mode SSB)

15 meters

21437.5 USB HFPACK
21438.0 CW HFpack (CW cross-mode SSB)

12 meters

24977.5 USB HFPACK
24978.0 CW HFpack (CW cross-mode SSB)

10 meters

28312.5 USB HFpack QSY
28327.5 USB HFPACK (Local & Hamfest)
28328.0 CW HFpack (CW cross-mode SSB)

6 meters

50162.5 USB HFpack 6m 
51000.0 FM Simplex Mil Packset FM & HT

2 meters

144300.0 FM Simplex HFpack 2m FM (HTs at Hamfests, Meetings, Local)  
Always Transmit Tone PL=151.4 
(Mil radios transmit Tone Squelch=150Hz)
Notes:
HFpack  
Calling Frequencies
SSB, CW, ALE, or SELCALL may be used for calling or QSOs on the HFpack SSB Calling frequencies.
Standard 
CW 
Offset
Approximately +500Hz to +1500Hz CW freq offset is used on the HFpack HF Portable SSB calling frequencies. Cross-mode CW to SSB QSOs (Upper Sideband voice) are encouraged, especially when signal levels are low or conditions are not reliable for SSB-SSB QSOs. 
USB.  
Note about Upper Sideband use by HFpack
Upper SideBand (USB) is the standard on all HF bands for HFpack SSB voice QSOs, including the bands below 10MHz! USB has become the international standard for non-amateur HF SSB voice and other modulation methods. The HFpack and HFLINK groups have adopted the UpperSideBand Standard to achieve complete compatibility with a wide variety of commercial and mil portable HF radio systems that amateurs are using. With the advent of simultaneous "multimedia" SSB voice, CW, image, text, selcall, ALE Automatic Link Establishment, HF-APRS, and digitized QSOs on the same channel, UpperSideBand standardization will become even more important. 
HFpack Website File name http://hflink.com/air
The HFpack Motto: "Don't just listen... Call CQ HFpack!"
International Amateur Radio Service
 
CH
#
FREQ
kHz
SIDE 
BAND
COMM 
USE
DESCRIPTION 
NET
NAME
Sounding
Status
01 3596.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
02 3791.0 USB VOICE International, DX, and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
03 3996.0 USB VOICE North America HFL Attended Sounding
04 5357.0 USB VOICE North America
Non-Automatic (NALE)
HFL Manual Sounding
Attended Sounding
05 5371.5 USB VOICE
DATA
Emergency/Disaster Relief
Non-Automatic (NALE)
HFL
HFN
Manual Sounding
Attended Sounding
06 7102.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN  Auto Sounding
07 7185.5 USB VOICE International/Regional and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
08 7296.0 USB VOICE North America HFL Attended Sounding
09 10145.5 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN
HFL
Auto Sounding 
10 14109.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
11 14346.0 USB VOICE International/Regional and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
12 18106.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
13 18117.5 USB VOICE International/Regional and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
14 21096.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
15 21432.5 USB VOICE International/Regional and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
16 24926.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
17 24932.0 USB VOICE DX/Regional Voice and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
18 28146.0 USB DATA
PRIMARY
High Frequency Network and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFN Auto Sounding
19 28312.5 USB VOICE International/Regional and
Emergency/Disaster Relief
HFL Attended Sounding
         
PRIMARY NETS - AMATEUR RADIO ALE
Net Call : HFN 
Type: Open Primary DATA Net
Global ALE High Frequency Network

10 Member Slots
Any ham may join this net in SLOT#1 only. 
All other slots are reserved for 
 HFN Pilot Stations
Sounding: Automatic
Scan all channels in this list:
Net Call : HFL 
Type: Open Primary VOICE Net
SSB Voice Net, and International 
Emergency/ Disaster Relief Net 

10 Member Slots
Any ham may join this net in any random Slot.
Sounding: Attended or Manual
Scan only the appropriate channels for your geographic area in this list:
3596.0 USB International 3791.0 USB International
5371.5 USB International 3996.0 USB North America
7102.0 USB International 5357.0 USB North America
10145.5 USB International 5371.5 USB International
14109.0 USB International 7185.5 USB International
18106.0 USB International 7296.0 USB North America
21096.0 USB International 14346.0 USB International
24926.0 USB International 18117.5 USB International
28146.0 USB International 21432.5 USB International
  24932.0 USB International
  28312.5 USB International
   
   
   
INFORMATION ABOUT 
AMATEUR RADIO ALE CHANNELS
Note 1
 
All Amateur Radio ALE channels use "USB" Upper SideBand (including frequenciesbelow 10MHz). USB conforms to International Standards for Automatic Link Establishment, and enables interoperability. 
Note 2
 
This ALE channel list is in everyday use in the Amateur Radio service, for normal communication internationally, regionally, and locally. ALE channels are frequency coordinated internationally, and operators are subject to the different rules, regulations, and bandplans of their region and local country of operation. There is commonly an ALE signal active on the air, every minute of every day on these frequencies. It is the responsibility of every ALE operator to maintain the highest standards for all transmissions. Some channels or modes in the list may not be available in every country.The HF spectrum is a shared resource, so there is no guarantee that a channel is clear in a local area or region. ALE uses LBT (Listen Before Transmit) If a channel is occupied at any given moment, ALE will try to select another channel instead.
Note 3
 
Amateur Radio ALE standards:
1. ALE System= MIL-STD 188-141 ; FED-1045 (8FSK - 2kHz Bandwidth)
2. If repetitive sounding, transmit soundings only on the Primary Data Channels or Pilot Channels for your IARU Region. 
3. Calling or sounding transmission: Maximum Duration = 22 seconds.
4. Sounding Interval= 60 Minutes (or more) for same channel.
5. When sounding, always use "This Was Sound" (TWS). 
6. Scan rate: 1 channel per second when scanning 10 channels or less. 
7. Scan rate: 2 ch/sec or faster when scanning 11 channels or more. 
8. Digital Modes Centre Audio Frequency = 1625Hz 
9. Short text messaging standard = AMD . 

10. Always transmit "CLEAR LINK" after ALL CALLS, QSOs, and LINKS! 
Note 4 Amateur ALE Net Calls
1. HFN = Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN) Calling any Data/Text ALE Station
2. HFL = Calling Any Voice SSB ALE Station
Note 5*
 
The 5MHz channels and band frequency segments vary in each country.  
USA: Operators on the 5MHz channels may use NALE (Non-Automatic Link Establishment) with attended/manual sounding
 or no sounding. 
Note 6
 
HFLINK is an international resource: for radio operators using ALE Automatic Link Establishment and Selcall Selective Calling; for the  development of communications for organisations, Emergency / Disaster Relief networks; and for the development of ALE operating methods applicable to Amateur Radio Service. HFLINK is the Frequency and Address Coordination group for International Amateur Radio ALE and Selective Calling. 
Note 7
 
This channel list is located on the internet at http://hflink.com/
Date
 
Effective on 02 FEB 2014, this list supersedes all previous channel lists.
Info
 
For more information about ALE please see the website: http://hflink.com
Version
 
HFLINK2014B
         
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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