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QSL: Life is Too Short for QRP. - Please call me Dave or Vid

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At the heart of my life is a deep, abiding love for the medium of radio itself, a love manifested since childhood.

The Shack

In August of 2008 Sandy (KC2LGK) and I moved to a new "Antenna Friendly" QTH

In the fall of 2008 We set about building our new Ham Shack

NASA did this to me.

The plan was to build a ham shack that would serve our needs for many years to come.

The shack would need to house rack mount equipment as well as modern ham transceivers and computers.

All the wiring would need to be accessible from the rear so we planed the workshop behind the shack.

I was not willing to stack up beautiful ​ ham equipment on a card table or computer desk!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself since you have taken the time to stop by and read my words.

I was born into the Space Age in 1956 the same year the Johnson Viking Valiant came on the market and one year before the launch of the first orbiting satellite Sputnik

As a young boy I had a tendency to take things apart and use the parts to build other things of my own invention. As I entered my teen years I became interested in anything electric and electronic.

It should come as no surprise that when I saw a neighbor put up a tower and antennas I became interested in what it was all about.

I discovered HAM RADIO

The top row of radios ( starting on the left) Icom 1271A 1.2Ghz all mode, Icom 471A 70 cm all mode,Icom 271H 2 meter 100 w all mode, Icom 751 HF all mode ( Used on 10 meter FM only) and on the upper right the Icom 751A HF all mode as a backup rig and GC monitor rig. (all run on the master 12v power system) With strip LED lighting from above.


A preview of the W2ZZA Ham Shack Control Software.



​A note to my fellow hams that operate CW. You will not see my call sign in your CW contact log.

However I am NOT a NO CODE Ham.. I have been doing code ( Programming code) since I was in my teens.


 A basic Block diagram of the Shack. Things change quickly around here so today's shack may be diffrent.


The shack has a master 12V, 100A, DC power distribution system with Battery backup and solar charging system.

The main circuits are breaker protected and there are 8, 30A relays to control load power.Three of the breakers feed a fused distribution block that powers the rigs.There is a LVDO ( Low Voltage Drop Out) circuit that protects the battery and rigs when running on battery only. These panels are backstage ( Behind the gear ) and flip down for access.

Power monitor and control panels live in the right overhead rack space.

The top left meter is solar charge current (pix taken at night), To the right of that is the DC bus voltage , Right of that is DC bus current , and on the far right AC line voltage, Below that are the relay switches that control operation of the gear when AC power is off. Below that is the 12v DC distribution switch bank that sends power to lighting and some accessories like TNC's and rig interfaces. and at the bottom are the AC distribution control switches. A master switch on the lower cabinet conrtols power to all the switched circuits including the AC 120v and 240v equipment as well as the 12v DC equipment via the 30A relays. The right photo below is the solar charge regulator feed by #8 AWG from the panels on the roof.

The Right side rack is the HF Amp and Transmitter control rack

From the top down, RCA BTA-1R1 transmitter metering and control, 2KW antenna tuner, Heathkit SB-220 2KW amp, 1KW antenna tuner, and at the bottom the Heathkit SB230 Amp with rig selector and dummy load relay control.

The left hand rack below

This rack holds a wide range of gear. at the top are the trio of Kenwood 231a, 331a, and 431a for 2 meters, 1.25 meters and 70 centimeters. below that is the 6 m Azden FM rig and The multi channel Video recorder with 16 cameras.

The Rigs and Rotors

Icom 756 PRO

Sat Rotor Control and Computer Interface.


Icom IC 910 VHF /UHF Satellite Rig With TNC


Exciting and Loading the BIG Rigs



The BIG Rigs in the Buf.

( Buffalo, NY )


4-400 tubes in the RCA BTA-1R1

The two on the left are Plate Modulators, the two on the right are RF amps ( PA)

spare in the middle

My Link

I Do A3E Mode

Life is Too Short for QRP..

The BIG Rigs are the RCA BTA-1R1, Gates BC1T and McMartin BA-1K

These are retired Broadcast transmitters from local radio stations, converted for use on ham bands


They live in the garage and are remote controled and metered.

( Like they where designed to be)

100% Amplitude Modulation full carrier

BTW the RCA 1R1 was signed on the air for the first time as WNIA on Aug 16 1956,  ten days before I was born.

              It still lives in the same town (Cheektowaga) 

 RCA Driver Stage Mods

RCA PA output network.


More Then One ham has asked me why I don't get a new radio when they hear me on AM..

To them I say I do have new radios, lots of them But I'd rather run my old ones.

Its like Driving a 57 Chevy in Mint Condition vs.  a late model Toyota.

I leave them in the dust



FeedLines and Control Cables

6, 1/2 hardlined  8, LMR-400,  and Lots of smaller lines

The Mic

I'm currently using an Electrio Voice RE-20 on a 2 section boom with shock mount


The Antennas

Some of the antennas on the house. Lots of Wire in the Air too.



And on the eight day he made antennas ( Photo By KA2IWK )

The property

The Old Days

My 1975 High School Ham Club Pictiure in the year book.

I had more hair then.. and I've put on a few pounds too.

The Shack Construction Phases

All work proformed by Dave W2ZZA

Phase 1 "The base frame for the radio desk"

Note the back wall frame is open to the work shop

Phase 2 "Make the desk top"

Phase 3 " Laminate the desk top, install Rack Rail and put the skins on base cabinets"

Phase 4 " Install the upper cabinets"

All cable access through workshop behind the desk

Final Phase " Add Upper skins, Rack Rails and some equipment "

I had never built counter tops or cabinets before.

I think it came out good

2 years later we upgraded the monitors to 22" LCD

W2ZZA, Dave at the controls ( Photo By W7UNX)


If the band seems dead... Call CQ.. You never know..


The tower Project (Spring 2016)

Remove old tower and Base, Replace with new tower.

Removing old Base  ( Was a 7" face tower )

New Tower base (12" face Rohn 25G)

Adding the Rotor and Mast

Adding the Antennas (6 Meter, 2Meter, 70 CMeter, 1.2Ghz Yagies and Omni on 2m,220Mhz, 70CM)

Photo By KC2LGK

Adding the Electric Winch with remote control to raise and lower the tower.


After finding there was a slight bend in my mast and replacing it the tower is up and Ready to use.

Stop Before you say .. wow what a big tower.. The tower its self is 36 feet tall with 10 feet of mast extending beyond the tower and a 6 foot vertical tri-bander on top .. total hight 52 feet to the tip..


New tower behind the Barn.. Just to hold the end of the 80 meter dipole.

Photo by Sandy KC2LGK

 A Funny AM QSO With KC2RJR

I first met Ken KC2RJR when I was 15 years old ( On CB Radio)  we both went on to work in twoway radio repair and Broadcast engineering. Ken became a SK in the spring of 2015. Ken was a true American Original 

I miss him and his BIG AM signal on 80 meters

The Hams

Sandy (KC2LGK) and Dave (W2ZZA)

We share the shack and most everything else..

My philosophy on life

Put away your cell phone and live in the moment.

Make your way to the front of the crowd and sweat with the band.

Sing the songs you know and don't stop learning the new ones.

Sing loud!


Talk to strangers. ask them about there passions and dreams. and tell them your own.

Band dead? Call CQ and you may find a friend.

My Call Sign is a tribuit to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  line, Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha.  

The Plual Z Alpha part is the ZZA

The Questions


How have you served?

How have you improved the hobby?

Have you mentored new hams?

Have you inspired others and promoted the hobby?

Have you served as a repeater trustee?

Worked as a board member of a club?

Have you built gear?

Have you hosted a net?

Have you written for publication?

Being a ham is more then "time spent listening".

Time to talk about the snow in Buffalo.

If you think that's all Buffalo has to offer,

STOP HERE and don't look at the rest of this page.


We Live in a suburb of Buffalo NY

We are at the east end of Lake Erie. We get SNOW here.. LOTS of it .

We know how to remove IT, Drive in IT, Play in IT, and we have come to love IT.

So Get Over IT.


People from Buffalo can correctly pronounce, and identify Chippewa, Scajaquada, Lackawanna , Cheektowaga, Cattaraugus,  Olean, Tonawanda and Gowanda without hesitation.

Before you think badly of Buffalo

remember we don't get earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes (above F0) , no mudslides, no traffic jams, no smoag.  In fact Buffalo is #4th safest U.S. cities from natural disasters

What we do have are Sunsets over the water every day. and there is no place better to live 9 months out of the year

Photo By W2ZZA

The fresh waters of lake Eire ( over 250 miles long)


I love my city. It smells like Cheerios

If people in America knew that Buffalo was the toasted oats headquarters of the world,

they would move here and take a deep breath by the downtown mills.

In short, Buffalo smell like grandma's kitchen when she is making cookies.

 Also Buffalo is nowhere near New York City.

In fact Buffalo is as far away from NYC as you can get and still be in the state of New York.

There is no such thing as Up State New York..

Buffalo is in WESTERN NEW YORK.


For Luck

Archangel Gabriel –Patron of communications workers, emergency dispatchers, police dispatchers, broadcasters, messengers, and radio/television workers.

I think that covers Hams too

I keep this Saint Gabriel Metal in the shack. My Dad gave it to me when I starting working in Broadcasting over 30 years ago, It seems to have kept me safe all there years.  For the first few years the shack was without it.. and got hit by lightning. So its in the shack now.

 Some Friends

(from Left to Right)  KC2RJR,  W2ZZA(Me) ,  AC2KS,  K3XY

All Broadcast engineers (One in recovery)

at the W2ZZA/KC2LGK Summer Party 2014


A trip back to 1969 for Sandy and I

Me and the Magic Bus

Some Family stuff

Sandy and I On Mingo Mania Day

Me and the Grandsons

Sandy KC2LGK,  Me W2ZZA, and  Adreanna , Her First Green Day Concert 


BTW Green Day is our Family Band 3 Generations.

My stunning Granddaughter

My Daughters and Me

My Dad

Our Back 40 creekside, a great place to chill.. no radios here. 

Our Back 40 Creekside. A great place to chill.

Our own Forest of Asher

Thanks for spending the time to go to the end..

Don't forget to click on the link at the end of this page to check out what I doing at work.

Just for fun

On the Barn Roof


“Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream."


W2ZZA  USA flag
David H Halik
1088 French Road
Buffalo, NY 14227

BTW My work is electronic design 



I apologize for any mispelling, omissions, or errors.


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