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Ninole (nee-no-lay) is one of many retired sugar plantation towns along the north east coast of Hawaii Island.
AH6V is inland 5km. and 505m. above sea level. This rain forest is best known for birds, bugs, fungi, wild hogs and rain. The temperature here is always between 12c and 32c.
~ 100% POWER FROM THE SUN. ~
AH6V is lost somewhere in a horse pasture where power line noise can't be heard on any band.
"SugarBuns" inspecting the ground radial system. The radio room is a retired Boom Box Mobile Broadcast Studio performing it's very last "remote".
~ The swimming hole ~
~ Shorty ~
First licensed as novice 1963 KN7WTO, then general 1964 K7WTO (Arizona). I became Hawaii resident in 1969 with new callsign KH6HOZ in 1970 then upgraded to Extra in 1977 and issued AH6V.
Fifty years on the air.
~ "Treble" came in from the rain. ~
~ From floor to ceiling and beyond sanity. ~
Rig: Nothing fancy, IC-735 with ALS 500 for extra kick and for QRP fun I use a KX-1 at the beach or in the forest. Also 1/3 watt using a RockMite on 14060. Listen carefully.
The rotatable antenna is a homebrew hang loose spider beam at 18 m. A.G.L. with 3 elements on the 20 meter band.
A dipole for 40 up 14 m. and overlooking a deep gulch to the north.
Recently placed a 13 m. fiberglass mast on top of a 7m. steel pipe. This pipe is clamped to a nearly buried C band dish pedistal which makes a dandy tilt over base. A 2.5 mm stranded copper wire runs from tip to base and an excellent match is found at 3.8mhz. direct connection. I have 12 radials out on this wet forest floor.
At the far end of the antenna range is a half wave vertical for 30 meter band. It is fed using a link coupled parallel resonant circuit at the base. Six radials used here.
A lazy H beaming straight north and south is built for 17 and 20 meter band but performs well from 30 to 10 meters. Fed with TrueLadderLine and a link coupled, balanced output Johnson matchbox. This Lazy H has four, 7 meter long zepps. The vertical separation is 8 meters and a distributed feed system is used here.
The lazy H is a fun antenna and works well for me. Another one is in the works and will be aimed to mainland US and VK.
~ Lazy H and Home brew spiderbeam on Rohn 55g and a tall paperbark tree off screen ~
~ "Pouncer" and "Itibiti" are best of friends ~
Q S L info
Since I don't care to chase DX or awards and this place is wallpapered with cards already, contact confirmation is not needed. I will provide my card via your S.A.S.E. with about a two week delay.
Stations tuning on me or calling before I have finished with a QSO may be placed on my special list. Don't let this happen !
~ My funky little station ~
Shown above is a Vibroplex Original with a broken paddle. The paddle has been replaced but I now use this black base Lionel J-36.
~ "Sweetfist" ~ A bug is the best instument for making morse music.
Commercial power (42 cents per kwhr.) is over 1 km away so we are living off grid.
Power for the station is from a collection of various solar panels making over 300 watts (22 amps at 13.8 volts) in peak sun. Energy storage is done with four T-105 golf cart batteries (approx. 5kwh hr. total capacity) and charging is controlled by Xantrex C-35. This system provides more operating power than I can use with this equipment. Solar panel output is quite useful on cloudy days. Rig runs directly from the battery. VERY quiet
The domestic power is 24v based energy storage using a 780 watt solar set charging another 4 golf cart batteries through an Outback MX60 charge controller which powers an old "work horse" 4kw Trace sine wave inverter. This system is isolated from the shack and has a separate grounding system to stop noise. Main domestic load is refrigerator-freezer, kitchen appliances and laundry. We cook using propane. Wx is too mild for heating or cooling at this QTH
A smaller energy footprint.
1965-1969 USN "Airdale" Hornet CVS-12 (Yankee Stn.)
Retired after 38 yrs. as AM-FM radio "Chief Engineer" practicing on Maui from 1969 to 1989 then Big Island from 1989 to 2007. While the air talent, sales, management, and owners passed through, I stayed on because I'm an "Old Tube Guy'' and these were old vacuum tube type transmitters spread out all over the islands. I made house calls.
~ Finger burner for tourists. ~ (True story )
~ Road kill ~
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