K0UO/V31KW Steve "SKY" Walz Also see V31KW on QRZ. Ragchewer 1st and DXer for fun!
K0UO's, Kansas QTH location is on a wheat farm & ranch, near the center of the U.S.A. 160 km's (100 mi) WSW of Wichita, KS. This QTH is three miles north of the Oklahoma/Kansas state line 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 out herein the High Plains of Kansas!).
To confirm the QSO with K0UO just use the QRZ logbook.
THE BIG 2014 project underway now: The "KING of Wire Antennas" A W1AW type 550 foot per-leg Rhombic (almost 1000' end to end, it is 4 Waves-Lengths long on each of the four sides for 40 meters!) and two other 1000' Vee-beams all on 90 foot wooden poles with others in the works. I'm working on the "Lost Art of Rhombics", I'm 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 vertical phase beam, which is at 100 feet is truly unbelievable! The ARRL diamond logo is in fact a Rhombic antenna. See the new photos of the install at the bottom of this QRZ page.
"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 last year and is opening up good this fall too (2014), so get on the air and have some fun! When all else fails, we hams will be on the air. Call CQ once in a while, you might be surprise who calls you back.
BE PATIENT AND RESPECT OF YOUR FELLOW HAMS, AND CONDUCT YOURSELF TO EARN THEIR RESPECT. On the WARC Bands "We don't need Special Event Stations, Contesters or QSO parties, on these bands.
Breckenridge, Colorado in the photo below, is my other QTH. It is at an elevation of 10,200 feet (3110 meters) near "Baldy Mountain". K0UO loves 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".
Above, my Breckenridge, Colorado QTH
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 engine P-337 Cessna @ 20,000 Feet passing through a T-storm on the way to the Dayton Hamfest
At the controls of one of my highest power stations! 97.5 FM a High Power FM Broadcast Station
My wife is N0UO, my oldest child is Miranda KB5CST (see QRZ page), my son Jon is KD0DCO, first cousins Marc WQ5Y and Mike W5ALZ .
MY OTHER HOBBIES OVERVIEW: Things that K0UO likes to do, are playing with the grandkids, flying, farming, driving corvettes, ATVs & motorcycles (Harleys & Moto Guzzies), beer brewing, RVing, 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
WORK OVERVIEW: As of 2014 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 Telecom-Technical and Safety Service Firm http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/index.php with Two-way radio services (Icom & Kenwood radios) http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/products_services/comm_and_security/index.php) and other businesses ranging from Farming, Broadcasting, Oil & Gas services http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/products_services/environmental/oil_gas.php, Concrete Walz Brand of concrete fencing and Oil & Gas radio tower services http://www.concretewalz.com/, Broadcasting http://kpak.net/ BoarderLine Electric http://www.borderlineelectric.com/ and RSI "Defense Technical Information" Group, focuses on defense telecommunication command and control used by the military http://www.rfcomply.com/pc/products_services/dtic.php
Info about the KS County in which K0UO's Ranch QTH is located http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=386
Above, is an O2 Skymaster "Miss Belize", the plane has HF/VHF & UHF equipment and was showed in "Dec 1996 QST". Miss Belize was flown in an effort by the Belize Government to bolster and fortify relationships with the United States. I flew “Miss Belize” in over 100 US air shows and at numerous US Military Bases Air demonstrations in the mid-1990s. Note that my Belize Ham call "V31KW" is also the Airplane's tail numbers, see more under QRZ V31KW and more photos. r
Main St in Kiowa KS. in 2004 I Fly to work, in a P-337 Plane, the rear engine is runnning and I'm at the controls, in front of the old office buildings 1310 Main St. Kiowa, KS. This is a real photo, we do it "our way" out here on the ranch! There is a 200' tower on this site too, you can see the guys wires.
HAM RADIO OVERVIEW: K0UO 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, also I held the old call from British Honduras of VP1KW (now in Belize I'm V31KW) and Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) call of AAT6PS. K0UO is a J-38 straight key guy, holds a 1st Class Radiotelephone license (now the GROL) and is authorized to conduct FCC commercial radio exams for the GROL.
Life ARRL, ARRL Volunteer Consulting Engineer for the Midwest Division, ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, 160-6 WAS, DXCC, VUCC, and Royal Order of Wouff Hong, The Rag Chewers' Club, and K0UO sometimes contest from the Bunkhouse see "KB0HH" on QRZ. Ragchewer 1st and DXer for fun!
RADIO EQUIPMENT OVERVIEW: ICOM 7800, IC-7600, IC 7000s, Kenwood 990 (this is a very good rig, I'm an Icom guy but I think it could bet 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, the display and over all feel is not up to other radios, tx audio on some units are poor and I'm on the second K3 now and it is still not great, in fact the IC 7600 is an overall better rig). Amps in current use are two AL-1500 two-holers (2 x 8877 tubes), Icom PW-1, and a Tokyo HL-2500. Vintage equipment that is on the air, Johnson Ranger & Valiant, Gates 1K, Hammarlund SP-600, R-390 and many others. When K0UO goes "SK" the XYL will have fun getting all of this junk out of here!
Antennas are the most important part of your station: Most of the 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 in fact climbed broadcast towers which are nearly 2000 feet tall). Also I have been teaching many types of "Telecom Safety" and technical classes since the 1990's, (over 15,000 students through RSI Corp http://www.rsicorp.com ).
In 2010 a new 195 foot Rohn model J rigid tube bolt together export type (Rohn 55 size) tower was installed to replace the Big Tower. On 160, & 80, I use full size 1/4 vel's four Sq's hung off the tower and the guy wires, for 40 a full size 2 el vertical phase beam @ 100 ft and on top a 8 ele-long boom log for 10Mhz- 50MHz.
The old Tower in the top photo, was 10 feet wide, with the work-deck @145 feet. The center tower at 190' 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 168 Feet.
In the past K0UO has 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, Off Grid" using Nat-Gas from our own oil & gas wells which can power a 20KW back-up generator!
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!
Life's to short for QRP! Out here on the ranch big antennas and real power is the game, above is a Ameritron AL 1500 Amp, but this one has Two Tubes (8877 x 2) it is a Bunker Buster, It puts out a 2 by 2 signal “Too Loud and Too Strong”! .
This view is looking from the 100' level on the old tower and up to the top, the work deck level was at 145ft. 10 foot wide and set in 27 yards of cement.
The New Tower is 195 ft FCC Tower number #1216715, just east of the Walz Airport "4KS".
This video is of the 1st no code hams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJGrlUXCZzc (have fun with it)!
The Big Rhombic Antenna Project
The base of one the the feed poles, which are about 30 meters tall. Note the open wire "Tapered Feed" system wires coming down the poles to provide a broadband match on HF, About 1 meter (39") wide at the top tapering down to 3 " at the feedpoint. Rhombics have a high input impedance of about 600-800 ohms, so it's a non-trivial matter to achieve a match to 50 ohm coax while still retaining the very broadband nature inherent to the terminated rhombic. This led me to do some research on "tapered lines", the result of which is shown in the pictures here. After several prototypes, I settled on the tapered 2-wire transmission line shown here which is a modified exponential taper.
Rigging the antenna cables. Note my tallest ham tower 195ft is 1/4 of a mile away in the photo!
The pole is +30" D
It took a few days to do all the layout work
And a few more days of tree removing to get through the wooded creek bottom area, using my Cat Dozer
This project so far, has used 1000 foot of 7/8" 50 ohm hard-line, 1000 foot of control cable, 1000 foot of 600 ohm feedline and will used over a Mile and 1/2 of 3/8" cable for the antenna, when complete!
How Do They Play?
A detailed modeling analysis of these rhombics has been done, but the on the air tests and OSO's show the real power of this antenna. With more than 2200 feet of wire in the air on the main antenna, the “RF gotta go somewhere”.
There are connect open-wire feed lines to each end of the antennas ends, bringing these to a central point in the middle and switching in a termination resistor or a balun to switch directions. The antennas also work very good in the "Bi-direction" mode.
The Plot is for a 3 wavelength Rhombic per side on 40 meters showing gain at 10MHz K0UO's antennas are larger!
DO You Know:
KanOkla Intertie Repeater System is one of our projects, see the Map at http://www.statelineskywarn.com/coverage.html
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