K0UO and V31KW Steve "SKY" Walz Also see V31KW on QRZ.
K0UO's, Kansas QTH is located at a wheat farm/ranch on the "Kansas High Plains", near the center of the U.S.A. about 160 km's (100 mi) WSW of Wichita, KS. This QTH is two miles north of the Oklahoma/Kansas stateline on mile 7 of U.S. Hwy. 281, look for the big tower and FAA airstrip # (4KS), and see the QRZ map (no zoning, HOA's or CC&R's here!).
To confirm QSO just use the QRZ logbook and I hope to see you at Dayton this year.
THE BIG 2014 project underway now: The "KING of Wire Antennas" A W1AW type 550 foot per-leg Rhombic (over 800' end to end, it is 4 Waves-Lengths long on each of the four sides for 40 meters!) and two other 584 foot V-beams or full Rhombics, all on 90 foot wooden poles. I'm working on the Lost Art of Rhombics, building these at the Kansas QTH. (Update: April 2014, the poles are up and in test mode now. The gain over my full size 2 element 40 meter beam, which is at 100 feet is truly unbelievable)!
"The very best part of this hobby is the People that you meet, and the great Friendships that happen as a result". The DX has been great this fall & winter 2013-2014, so get on the air and have some fun! When all else fails, we hams will be on the air.
Breckenridge, Colorado in the photo below, is my other QTH. It is at an elevation of 10,200 feet near "Baldy Mountain". I also love making mountain top QSO's from the 14,000 foot Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Jeep 4 by 4 I use is equipped with an IC 7000, checkout 7.225MHz which is the "Off road Hams call channel". Great sking this year, over 440" of snow by April 2014.
When in Belize my call is V31KW, one station is at the Belize Defense Force base, Ladyville Belize (INTL. Airport). I have a remote rig also setup at this site, and have run AIRMOBLE 160-70cm!! See Dec. 1996 QST Page 20 for photos of Miss Belize and General Walz and more photo's of towers at http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/products_services/miscellaneous/amateur_radio.php
In my pressurized Twin Cessna P-337@ 20,000 Feet passing a T-storm
At the controls of one of my highest power stations! KPAK 97.5 FM a High Power FM Broadcast Station
Photos Below: I love to off-road in my Overland Jeep, with an IC-7000, 500 HF amp, Kenword TM-D710, APRS, Land Mobil Radio, Airband, and VHF Marine. Colorado and Western U.S.A. offroad trail Fun!
My wife is N0UO, my oldest child is Miranda KB5CST, and my son is KD0DOC.
Things that I like to do, are playing with the grandkids, flying, farming, driving corvettes, ATVs & motorcycles (Harleys & Moto Guzzies), hunting, shooting (full auto class 3 guns), and building antennas. See Mule Creek Hunt for photos of my hunting area near my QTH http://www.rsicorp.com/mule_creek/index.html
I'm 60% retired, but the other 40% of the time that I do work, are doing things that I want to do! As Director of RSI Corp which is a Telcom-Technical and Safety Service Firm, Two-way radio services and the other business ranging from Farming to Oil & Gas services. see http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/index.php, http://www.concretewalz.com/, http://kpak.net/
I started into ham radio in 1967 as WN5UTO, then WA5UTO, in the 1970s I moved through all the classes, and passed all the code tests 5, 13, and 20 WPM. I'm a J-38 straight key guy, also hold a 1st Class Radiotelephone license (now the GROL) and I'm authorized to conduct FCC commercial radio exams for the GROL.
Life ARRL, ARRL Volunteer Consulting Engineer for the Midwest Division, 160-6 WAS, DXCC and VUCC, I sometimes contest from the Bunkhouse see "KB0HH" on QRZ.
Radio equipment in use: ICOM 7800, IC-7600, IC 7000s, Kenwood 990 (this is a very good rig, I'm an Icom guy but I think it bets the 7800, DX 5000 & Flex 6700 at this point), Kenwood 2000, Yaesu FT DX 5000 MP, Flex 6700 and an Elecraft K3 (I'm not a big fan of this radio, tx audio is poor and I'm on the second K3 now and it is still not not great, in fact the IC 7600 is an overall better rig). Amps in current use are AL-1500 two-hole with "2 x 8877 tubes", Icom PW-1, and Tokyo HL-2500. Vintage equipment that is on the air, Johnson Ranger & Valiant, Gates 1K, Hammarlund SP-600, and a R-390. When I go SK my wife will have fun getting all of this junk out of here!
Antennas are the most important part of your station: Most places that I have lived do not have tall trees, so an important part of my antenna projects over the years have been able to build and climb towers safety (I have climbed broadcast tower which are nearly 2000 feet tall). I have been teaching many types of telecom safety classes since the 1990?s, (over 15,000 students through RSI Corp) .
In 2010 a new 195 foot Rohn model J rigid tube bolt together export type (Rohn 55 size) tower was installed. On 160, & 80, I use full size 1/4 vel's four Sq's hung off the tower, for 40 a full size 2 el @ 100 ft and a 8 ele-long boom log for 10Mhz- 50MHz
The old Tower in the top photo,10 feet wide, with the work-deck @145 feet. The center tower is180' tower with a prop-pitch motor ground mounted using a M2 RC2800 control box, (FCC tower reg number is for 195'). 1000' to 2000' long rx/antennas the big tower had the these antennas, 60 meters 1/2 wave dipole at 150', 40-10 8 el M2 log beam at 168Ft.
THE BIG 2014 project underway now: The "KING of Wire Antennas" a very large 550 foot per-side Rhombical most 800 ft end to end, and two 584 feet V-beams (may be full Rhombic's) on 90 foot wood poles, and a 6 meters 7el long boom at 160 FT.
In the past I had tried EME and JT65 on 2 meters using four M2 5w's Long boom az/el 170Ft, 220 M2 30' boom beam, four on 70cm M2 33' Long Booms 172', 902-1296 six foot dish 140Ft all VHF and UHF antennas are feed with 1 5/8 hard line.
The Kansas QTH can be run "Green" using Nat-Gas from our own oil & gas wells which are on the farm, powering a 20KW back-up generator!
Good DX and 73's
This view is looking from the 100' level on the tower and up to the top, a work deck level at 145ft. 10 foot wide and in 27 yards of cement.
The New Tower is 195 ft FCC Tower number #1216715, just east of ther Walz Airport "4KS".
KanOkla Intertie Repeater System is one of our projects, see the Map at http://www.statelineskywarn.com/coverage.html
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