Episode 428 – Mooneer Salem – K6AQ


Mooneer Salem, K6AQ,  discovered that amateur radio provides plenty of opportunities for hams who also love computers and computer programming.  K6AQ loves open source, contributing to HF digital voice development in the Free-DV Project, and improving on WinLink HF digital email gateways.  Combine all this with Software Defined Radio and you have an active 21st century ham.  K6AQ is my QSO Today.



The total amounts contributed as sponsorships and/or donations since Episode 1 in July 2014 are listed below, and only those who agreed to be publicly recognized. This list does not include “Buy Me A Coffee” donations.




K6AQ Website

Hometown:  Riverside, California

First License: Technician, March 2000, 
General Upgrade 2011

First Rig: 
Kenwood TM-D700A Dual Band Transceiver
Magnetic Mount Antenna

Current Rigs: 
Hermes Light SDR QRP
Hardrock 50 Amplifier
H Bridge Power Inserting
ESP8266 Development Board to control magnetic loop

ARRL License Manual
Technician Class Amateur License
Lake Elsinore, California
Packard Bell 486 Computer
Prodigy On-Line Service
Computer Bulletin Board Service
Retro-Computing YouTube
POS- Point of Sale
UC San Diego, Computer Science
Medical Device 
Infusion Pumps
EMR System Hospital
Keller Peak Repeater System
Icom IC-7200 HF/50 MHz Transceiver
PSK-31 Digital Mode
SOTA – Summits on the Air
San Diego County ARES
Palomar Amateur Radio Club
Baofeng Radio
HOA – HomeOwners Association
MFJ Magnetic Loop Antenna
FT-8 Digital Mode
HF Digital Voice
Free DV Project HF Digital Voice
SNR – Signal to Noise
VARA Global Email
14.236 MHz Free DV Area on 20 Meters
FreeDV QSO Finder
PSKReporter Website
GPS Locking
David Rowe, VK5DGR
Quisk application
Open Source Software
SM1000 FreeDV Adaptor
EZDV – Esp32  uses and has WIFI
Free DV Activity Day – December 18-19, 2022
WinLink – Radio Email System
ARDOP Winlink
VARA WinLink
Elecraft KX2 HF Transceiver
Elecraft KX3 HF Transceiver
AREDN Project
WinLink Gateways on the cheap

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: getting people to stick with the hobby after getting their amateur radio license. 

Excited most by: innovation in SDR, new digital voice modes.  

Advice to new or returning hams:  listen to podcast and other resources on line to increase your amateur radio knowledge.

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Kenwood TM-D700A VHF/UHF Mobile Tranceiver

Apache Labes Hermes HPSDR Transceiver Card

Hardrock-50 HF Power Amplifier

K6AQ FreeDV Embedded Solution

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