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Ninole (nee-no-lay) is one of many retired sugar plantation towns along the north east coast of Hawaii Island.

AH6V is inland 5km. and 545m. above sea level. This rain forest is best known for birds, bugs, fungi, wild hogs, rain and oh yes mosquitos. The temperature here is always between 12c and 32c.


AH6V is lost somewhere in a horse pasture where power line noise can't be heard on any band.

"SugarBuns" inspecting the ground radial system. The radio room is a retired Boom Box Mobile Broadcast Studio (man cave) performing it's very last "remote".

First licensed as novice 1963 KN7WTO, then general 1964 K7WTO (Arizona). I became Hawaii resident in 1969 with new callsign KH6HOZ in 1970 then upgraded to Extra in 1977 and issued AH6V.

Fiftyfive plus years on the air.

A fraction of cards collected over many decades.

K4KIO hexbeam on 55g.  This tower also supports the ends of two 26m doublets. One doublet halyard can be seen here. The doublets are standing off from tower about 13m and outside this image. Both doublets are 23 m above ground. One is oriented north/south and the other east/west. They are electrically identical so once the Johnson Matchbox is set they can be switched instantly using an open frame latching relay with no change in loading. This allows quick selection of best signal and they can be used from 80 through 10 meter bands.

Both doublets use the same length of TrueLadderline.

Locator BK29jv.

Rig: Nothing fancy, TS-480 with Metron MA-1000B for extra kick and for QRP fun I use a KX-1 at the beach or in the forest. Also 1/2 watt using a RockMite on 14060. Listen very carefully.

I placed a 13 m. fiberglass mast on top of a 7m. steel pipe. This pipe is clamped to a nearly buried C band dish pedistal and makes a dandy tilt over base. A 2.5 mm stranded copper wire runs from tip to base and an excellent match is found at 3.8mhz. direct connection. I have 12 radials out on this wet forest floor.

~ "Pouncer" and "Itibiti" are best of friends ~

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Since I don't care to chase DX or awards and this place is wallpapered with cards already, contact confirmation is not desired. I will ONLY provided my card via your S.A.S.E. expect at least a two week delay. I DO NOT honor IRCs or buro cards..

QSL direct or eQSL.

Stations tuning on me or calling before I have finished with a QSO may be placed on my special list for ONE MONTH. Don't ever let this happen !


Please avoid watching commercial television as it carries lies, violence, vulgarity, propaganda, adverts and is likely corrosive to your personality.


~ "Sweetfist" ~ A bug is the best instument for making morse music. This vertical bug is very smooth and quiet. It is made by Vizkey and a real delight after years using the old WW2 rattle trap Lionel J-36.

Commercial power is over 1 km away so we are living way off grid.

Power for the station is from a collection of various solar panels making about 240 watts in peak sun. Two T-105 golf cart batteries (approx. 2kwh hr. total capacity) store the enegy and charging is controlled by Xantrex C-35. This system provides more operating power than I can use with this equipment. I have never had to curtail operations due to lack of power. Solar panel output is quite useful on cloudy days. Rig runs directly from the battery. VERY quiet....

The domestic power is 24v based energy storage using a 1.35 kilowatt solar set charging another 4 golf cart batteries through an Outback MX60 charge controller. A 2.5kw Trace inverter converts 24 volts DC to 120vac 60hz. This system is isolated from the shack and has a separate grounding system to stop noise. Main domestic load is refrigerator-freezer, kitchen appliances water pumps and laundry. We cook using propane. Wx is too mild for heating or cooling at this QTH. Hot water via solar heater or propane tankless heater. On dark stormy winter days we use the hot tub to soak in.

Free water (its a rain forest), nearly free electricity, exception being battery change out every 4 years costing $720.

A SMALLER energy footprint.

"It is VAIN to do with more what can be done with less." William of Ockham 1287-1347

Check out www.40meter.net

Retired after 38 yrs. as AM-FM radio "Chief Engineer" practicing on Maui from 1969 to 1989 then Big Island from 1989 to 2007. While the air talent, sales, management, and owners passed through, I stayed on because I'm an "Old Tube Guy'' and these were old vacuum tube type transmitters spread out all over the islands. I made house calls.

With help from my YL we take in homeless dogs.

~ Finger burner. ~


~ Road kill ~


73 Jeremy

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