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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. ~
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 plus years on the air.
~ 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 very carefully.
The rotatable antenna is a KIO hex beam.
I 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 and 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.
Now using two double extended zepps for 40m and up. Electrically equalized they are switched using an open frame latching relay. No readjusting the matchbox needed. One set north south and the other set east west.
~ "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 only provided 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 two 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 )
~ Checking the road kill ~
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