NOTE: Deadbeat QSL policy. I am actively chasing the Fred Fish Memorial Award and have handed out the relatively rare grid I am in to hundereds of folks needing it. I get a card, you get one back. As a consequence I have very little patience for folks who ignore having received a card and SASE from me. If you are a deadbeat QSLer, ie someone who had had my card and SASE for over 6 months and I have not received a card back, you can expect that any contact I make with you during a contest will be deleted from my log before I submit it. HRD makes this easy to do and I keep accurate records. If you do not like the penalty points you get by all means send me an email complaining. I will be happy to tell you what I think in reply....
NOTE 2: I decided K2NCC can kiss the north end of a south bound horse and that I am resuming making JT65/JT9 contacts on HF. While he is busy doing that be sure you do not skip the RRR message as if you do I will not log the contact and will not offer a second chance. Clarification... You do not need to send RRR if I have already sent it, send 73 as the contact was finished when I sent RRR. Only one of the stations needs to send RRR.
Future KH6 Plans: My wife and myself recently purchased a wintertime retirement property on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are in the SE corner of the island (Hawaiian Paradise Park for those of you familiar) about 15 minutes south of Hilo. I have a good view of moonrise and a view of moonset down to about 7 degrees. Currently the house is rented out long term but in 2018 or so we will be going there 4 to 6 months a year to be somewhere warmer in the winter. My plans are to set up an AZ/EL tower and activate different VHF/UHF bands on EME. As I want to keep the operation somewhat modest I will concentrate on one band a year, currently I have plans for 222Mhz and 50MHz. It will take a while to get things set up so operations will likely commence in 2019.
I am currently QRV on all bands 160m - 23cm minus the 900MHz band.
Became interested in the hobby at age 12 when saw WA0TBR's station just down the road. This interest eventually lead to a degree in electronics engineering, a field I still pursue. Was first licensed in 1974 as WN0VHW. Upgraded from Novice to Advanced in 1984 then to Extra in 1997. Was active on HF, weak signal, satellite and working on the Superlink from 84 to 97. In 1997 an ice storm took down all of my antennas in the course of a few hours. Various personal commitments (work and raising a family) kept me mostly off the air until about 2005.
Since then have been rebuilding. My main rig is now a Flex Radio Systems 6700 and I have an ANAN 100D as a backup. For amps I have, an Acom 2000A on HF, a Command Tech VHF-2000 on 6m (This amp is for sale), Lunar Links on 6m, 2m, 1.25m and 70cm. Antennas are a 4 element Steppir with two 30/40m loops, Innovantenna LFA-8 on 6m and M2 antennas for the rest of weak signal bands, a 160m dipole and a 160m cut G5RV. I tune the G5RV with either a Palstar AT-Auto or AT5K depending on the band / power I am running. There are a few other rigs / antennas around the shack but that is the main equipment.
A past construction project fully automated all of the RF switching in the shack, I can now set a frequency on the Flex and the proper antenna, amp, tuner and antenna are all selected. This system was recently upgraded with a Programmable Logic Controller at its heart. Picture of the setup is below.
Current update plans are to replace the two Palstar tuners with an Alpha 4040 if they ever get into production. Current construction projects include converting the amp out of an old National Weather Service trasnsmitter to 10m, developing FSK-315 for 10M meteor scatter, getting VOIP working to tie the Superlink back together. I am also working on a VLF eggbeater for lightning detection. In the near future I hope to get up an EME array for 2m and to get an orthagonally steered receiving loop going. In the long term future I hope to get the old 3.5m TVRO dish going on 1.2GHz EME and maybe even 10GHz.
Interests include 6m operation, meteor scatter, AM operation, APRS weather, repeater linking, station automation and SDR. I have had alot of success lately on 2m EME and have even made a couple of 6m EME contacts. My favorite was with Ken, G4IGO on 6m for his 50th state on 6m!
Maybe someday I will have time to operate LOL. You will find me on PingJockey quite a bit chasing the rocks and can be found hanging around 3845 and 1925 AM Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively.When 6m is open you will find me there on SSB, if it is not you will find me there on meteor scatter using FSK441. You can also find me on 2m meteor scatter and EME as well as 1.25m meteor scatter.
Current quests are FFMA (483 worked, 483 confirmed, none currently withdeadbeat status), 2m WAS (47 worked and confirmed) and 1.25m WAS (29 worked and confirmed). I recently started trying 70cm meteor scatter but have yet to make a contact.
Recent accomplishments include the current 222MHz meteor scatter distance record held with N1RJX and the runner up contact held with W5UWB (RIP John, thank you!!) and the first 222 MHz Meteor Scatter 10k award. I really like 222MHz and wish more folks were on it.
Being from ND and from a rare grid I end up doing over 1K QSLs a year. Getting on LOTW help alot and I would suggest that is the easiest way to get a confirmed contact. The system has gotten much easier to get on and use in recent years so please check it out.
I update eQSL about once a month, LOTW about once a day when I am active or have been asked for a QSO. Paper QSL I answer the day I get them but please read on...
Stateside stations: If you want a card for my state, county, grid, etc a card from you is required and an SASE is greatly appreciated. If you do not send an SASE I will still (for now) send my card back but come on, an envelope and a stamp are not THAT big of commitment.
DX Stations: Unless I need your card I will not originate a card to you. I answer every card I get from the Bureau but usually wait until I have a hundred or so to do.. If you QSL direct please include an SAE and one IRC or one US Dollar to cover the cost of return postage. Alternately you can send some of your local paper currency equivelant to about one dollar, my wife likes collecting it. If your currency is very ornate you can even get away with sending way less than a dollar LOL!! If you send me a card without an IRC or a dollar the reply willl go out via the Bureau.
73 de Bill ND0B
Picture of me in the shack a while back. In the process of several changes to the equipment and the layout, new pic soon. I recently tore the shack down to bedrock and put it back together. It is amazing how many unmarked cables can accumulate in 30 years. And it needs to be done again LOL.
Tower of power for V/U. Lunar Link Amplifiers and DEMI transverters.
Four Element Steppir with dual 30/40 meter loops on HDX-555 tower that went up November of 2012. The Steppir was originally on my TX-455 tower whiich now has my week signal antennas. I was smart this time and mounted the Steppir on a TiltPlate, marvelous product. Future 1.2G EME dish visible in the pic.
Weak signal antennas on TX-455 tower. From bottom to top
Innovantenna 6M LFA-8, M2 432-9WL. M2 2M12, M2 222-5WL:, M2 23CM35 all fed with LMR-600.
This tower went up November of 2010 and originally had the Steppir on it. Weak signal antennas were installed summer of 2012.
Fathers day present a couple of years ago.... wonderful addition to the TX-455 tower!!
New as of December 2014 Station Control Setup. Koyo Programmable Logic controller used to replace 4 amp keying boxes, a custom design relay control board, a keying signal relay box and several other control items all with upgraded functionality. Thanks to Steve K5FR of DDUtil fame for fully supporting this project!!
Latest addition to the station control project. This is a rack mount DJ Power Console that I added solid state relays to 7 of the 8 outlets with an RJ45 connector on the control side to ran over to the PLC shown above. I am currently using this to control auxiliary fans on my amplifiers which are now turned on and off based on mode and usage.
Future KH6 digs located about 15 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island. Looking forward to spending winters there.
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