John Paul Kennon
FO0CI Clipperton (1992)
FO0KEO Bora Bora DX Club (1997)
TI5/N7CQQ Costa Rica (1998)
FO0AAA Team Leader Clipperton (2000)
D68C Comoros Isl. (2001)
XR0X San Felix Island (2002)
N7X 160M CQWW SSB Contest, Portable
Northern California Dx Foundation Inc., Southern California DX Club, Central
Arizona DX Club, Clipperton DX Club, CDXC, Bora Bora Contest Club, Edison
Amateur Radio Club, Area 51 Contest Club
John has been involved in Ham Radio since the early 1960 when WB6FQB, a six
meter AM operator, came into his house. This was via TVI. Ray Greener lived
next door. This exposure lead John to get his own Technician Licence and
operate VHF in 1970.
He was involved with a local emergency communications group and the San
Bernardino Microwave Society. John upgraded to General Class in 1978, at the
FCC offices in Long Beach, California during his lunch hour (?) one day. He
upgraded to Advanced Class the next month at the same offices.
John moved to Arizona, and became KA7CQQ at that time. He built a modest HF
station and was semi active until 1990. John also became an officer in the
EARN radio club, at the Edison Company where he worked.
He also climbed towers and installed many of the antennas for the EARN 220
mHz 13 linked repeater system in Southern California. Johns expedition
experience happened when, on the 220 mHz repeater he was offered a spot on
the 1992 Clipperton Expedition.
He thought he would be the camp director at Clipperton. But, during the
expedition he was assigned the WARC bands, SSB. Little did John know that
Clipperton had never been activated on the WARC bands so he had his hands
full? This expedition broke a number of expedition QSO count records and won
Expedition of the Year at Dayton 2000. John spoke at the CDXC club in the UK
in 2000 where he was offered a spot in the Comoros D68C expedition.
John has also been to San Felix Island, Chile as a member of the XR0X team
and serves as QSL Manager. John is also the QSl manager for FO0AAA.
Today, John is working on his fourth tower on land leased from the BLM. He
currently has (1) 100 guyed tower with a Mosley 10-40 yagi at 100 and a
TH-7 Hygain at 30. (2) is an 80 Rohn guyed tower where a three element 40
meter beam will be installed. (3) is a 70 crank up tower with 6 Meter and
An 80 meter three element V beam is supported by a messenger between the
tower 1 and 2. A 160 Meter sloper is supported by the tower 1. Johns
Equipment is an ICOM IC-756 PRO used in Clipperton, an ALPHA 76A amp and a
Henry 2006a Six Meter amp. John enjoys contesting both HF and VHF.
He visits Ham clubs around the area to make presentations about his
expeditioning experience and elmers a few other hams.
JA1RJU, Kazu san
JH4RHF, Jun san
JA3AER, Taizo san