ALOHA from Waikiki. a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Pacific -
This is my temporary radio room on the top floor of a 17 story condominium complex in Waikiki, I have some pretty good antennas mounted quite high up so the 300 Watts goes a long way on all bands from 160 to 10 meters. The amplifier on the right is a Central Electronics 600L, made in the early 60's and is "no-tune" from 160 meters to 10 meters. It has a single 813 tube and runs about 400 watts maximum output on CW. It was well ahead of its time and matched the Central Electronics 100V and 200V transmitters. The 600L was designed for seperate receiver/transmitter so I have had to add a few relays and cables (rats nest at the top of the amp) to use it with my transceivers. The Drake Twins are one of my latest additions with more to come. The DDS VFO on top of the T4XB can control either of the two the Drakes and has one Hertz readout. This brings the Drakes into the 21st century.
I also do QRP at the weekend, here is that setup. Moving the QRO out and the QRP in takes a while.
The picture to the right is the Royal Aloha, sixteen stories with a small building on top that houses the elevator AND my radio room.
Over the past several years I have operated from locations near the sea. This one is no exception and I am sure it contributes to the effectiveness of the 100 Watts - you just can't beat a "near the sea" QTH. The Royal Aloha is a very good location for radio, the beach is just a minor attraction.
Below is the roof of the building, my antenna farm has room for wires but no tall masts unfortunately. This roof is very long and big enough for Top Band antennas but as I said, all the supports have to be low profile.
I was first licensed in 1962 and I have more than fifty years on the bands. About thirty of those exclusively on CW. Now I am also on RTTY and Digital Modes.
My previous USA calls: WN0AGF, WA0AGF, WB5GZB, KV4IG (USVI), WB1GDQ, KF1O, KY0C
My previous DX calls: G4VGO, 9V1GO, YB5AQB, 9M1/G4VGO, G5EPD, 9K2/KY0C, YI9CC, EI7IU, SV0BV, JY9BV, LU/KY0C, SM0/G4VGO, 4X/G4VGO
Over the past half century in amateur radio the most difficult task was 160 Meter DXCC #269 issued in 1985 - then I was G4VGO operating from an apartment with a very small back yard. However, there were several tall trees and I had access to helium for balloons plus several BIG kite antenna lifters to use on Top Band.
For a taste of airborne antennas check out my web page: www.qsl.net/g4vgo
Please note: If you would like a QSL it will come 100% from LoTW. If we had a QSO from any of my DX locations please send your card to OK1DOT - Petr who is my manager for all past DX activity.
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