ALOHA from Waikiki. a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Pacific
This is my temporary radio room on the roof of a 16 story apartment building in Waikiki, I have some pretty good antennas mounted quite high up so a 1,000 Watts goes a long way on all bands from 160 to 10 meters. The DDS VFO on top of the Drake TR4CW transceiver can control the frequency of the Drake R4B and it has one Hertz readout. This brings the Drake receiver into the 21st century. 200 Watts on SSB from the TR4CW is OK for inter-island nets.
For Top Band DX the little desktop on the right helps a lot.
I enjoy my small Drake collection. Below is a pair of Drake twins that can drive the Tokyo Hy Power 1200 Watt afterburner. I just love the little THP amps. These Drakes are mostly for rag chewing on the lower bands and some CW on the higher bands. The Heathkit DX-60B has been modified to stop key clicks and the Dentron 160 Meter transverter puts the DX-60B and the Drake R-4A on Top Band. They all feed the THP linear (the baby brother of the other THP amp)
This is the pride of the Drake collection, a pristine Drake R-1A, serial number 113 of the thousand or so made in the mid 50's. A truly fine design from Robert Drake, the first of many.
This is one of the best little amplifiers ever made, a 1500 watt package from THP that gets band data from either the Omni V, Yaesu FT- 2000, of Yaesu FT-950. What a joy to operate. A true desktop kilowatt - a full gallon to the antenna from 160 to 6 meters.
Below is the Royal Aloha, sixteen stories with a rooftop building that houses the elevator equipment AND my radio room. There is a gigantic picture of a pair of whales on the side of the building and this has evolved into what the locals call the "Whaling Wall". My Top Band inverted "L" runs the length of the long narrow part of the roof and the delta 160/80/40 meter receive antenna is on the small part of the roof behind the small building in the middle of the photo. It is aimed toward the USA mainland to the east, a second one is under construction and will face toward Asia. I also have a 19 foot vertical with three dozen radials that really works well on the higher bands. Again, all of the antenna farm is not viewable from the street, no chance for towers, beams, and a load of aluminum in the sky. The key is stealth, probably nobody knows the station is there.
I was first licensed in 1962 and I have more than fifty years on the bands. I upgraded to Extra class in 1971 and in the process took the 20 WPM CW test at the FCC office in New York City. Not just code FCC code, it had to be written in pencil and was graded by an FCC examiner who must have been a hundred years old. Then I had to send 20 wpm using a hand key, really a tough way to upgrade!. I guess you can call me a real old timer.
About thirty years of the fifty + I have been active have been exclusively on CW. Now I am also on RTTY and Digital Modes in addition to CW.
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. You gather a lot of call signs when you have lived outside of the USA for more than 30 years and built all kinds of networks on every continent but Antarctica.
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% via LoTW. Please Note All Of My QSL cards or LoTW confirmations are FREE. It really is cheap and low class to charge for them like many of our eastern European friends that make you pay for a QSL for an expedition. 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. Your QSL confirmation is also probably in LoTW as well. Again, FREE!
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