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          7 ft. wide basement studio window of "KZ9V"



    QSL card gets lots of comments              Using the "vintage"  Unidyne 55AS mic.         


Started in 1974 -  Licensed as WN9NSI (Novice), and worked exclusively CW with the Heathkit DX-60B transmitter, and the Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver.

A year later I upgraded to General class WB9NSI and rewarded myself with a new Yaesu FT-101EE transceiver and a Kenwood MC-50 microphone, working mostly SSB on HF.  Around 1979 I got busy with other things and the amateur station went pretty much dormant.   


Fast forward 35 years later...


January 2015 - I made it a New Year's resolution to get the station active again, and see if the old radios were still operational.  Surprisingly they were!  I changed the station call sign to K9KSI and went back on the air.


                                  Station Photo - KZ9V

November 2015 - I finally upgraded to an Extra Class license with the new vanity call sign KZ9V and became an accredited ARRL volunteer examiner. 


After discovering that my 40 year old FT101EE transceiver really is capable of operating the digital modes, and discovering how addicting those modes can be, my operating habits have changed a lot.  While I used to be 100% SSB, I now operate about 50% digital modes, 30% SSB, and 20% CW.  


Latest Project - I'm rehabilitating a pair of 1970's vintage Atlas 210X solid state HF transceivers.  One is a full functioning (80 watt output) HF rig with the original Atlas220CS power supply console.  It looks and sounds great and now travels in my camper trailer!  The other one I picked up for $15 because the PA transistors are blown.  I've worked around that problem by retrofitting it with a small  5 watt RF amplifier module and turned it into a fantastic 5W QRP rig.  I've added small fans on the PA transistor heat sinks of both radios.  Working digital modes and CW, it's amazing what you can do with just 2 or 3 watts.  30+ RTTY contest QSOs (including Austria!!) in just a couple of hours!  I switched to JT65 mode and worked both France and New Zealand.  These vintage radios drift a bit, so JT65 is a little tricky. 


Modified vintage Atlas 210x transceiver    External 5 watt amp & fan mod.   Atlas 210x & 51S Mic in my camper         

I'm retired from the Television Broadcast industry where I spent 35+ years designing, installing, and maintaining commercial television broadcast facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida. 


I'm still actively refereeing college football and high school basketball games, which I've enjoyed doing for over 30 years.  My wife and I are avid downhill skiers and I am the Trip Coordinator for the "Red Eye Ski & Snowboard Club", leading group travel ski trips to destination downhill resorts all over North America, with my wife Pam.


   Ski club trip to Whitefish, Montana.      Motorcycle ride while on vacation in Kauai.



If you have never listened to the "100 Watts & a Wire" amateur radio podcast, I highly recomend it.  It's very entertaining.





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