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My home website is www.zantek.net and you are welcome to sign my guestbook there.  

If you are reading this and wondering "Where is Poulsbo, Washington?", here is a small chart.  We are on the west side Puget Sound, across from Seattle.  We see the Olympic Mountains to our west and the Cascade Mountains to our east.  For someone who loves to kayak (like me), it is the perfect place to live.

I will QSL 100%.  I prefer that we both use LOTW, but I still love exchanging cards.  Please, do not use the bureau.  It's too slow and too expensive.  If you don't use LOTW, then please mail it direct.  I will reciprocate.  By the way, I do not respond to SWL requests.  Please get your license and make it a two-way QSO.


My Background: First Novice License in 1960 was KN3CYL as a young Scout in Philadelphia, PA, but I had no gear and could only operate from my Elmer's shack. Re-licensed after college and started operating. Uncle Sam intervened, and I chose to enter the U.S. Coast Guard...and made it a career. I lived up and down both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, including three years in Alaska, as well as deploying aboard ships all over the world. I also spent time overseas on assignments in the Adriatic, Greater and Lesser Antillies, and in South America. During that time, I held the calls of WN3AIC, WB3AIC, AL7IN, and WX3K. I applied for my vanity call of K3JZ while in Key West, expecting that I was moving to Washington DC, but fate smiled and I was transfered to the US Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the station became inactive from 5/1997 until 12/2015.  I started all over and KE7B was issued June, 2016.  My out-of-country operations have been as C6ACG, HK/WX3K, XE2/K3JZ, KG4CG, FO/K3JZ, FO(M)/K3JZ, 4O/KE7B, XE2/KE7B and 9H3JZ.  

My original Novice station, a pair of Drake 2's from the late 60's.  75W input at the finals; I would use a light bulb for a dummy load.  Worked my first DX as a General on 14.072 with a 7.036kHz crystal doubler; I was bitten by the DX Hunter bug that night.  While in the USCG, my CW speed increased significantly, to the point where these Drakes were inadequate; the AGC attack on the receiver wasn't fast enough for full break-in and the transmitter would "hang".  An older design, they had done their job and I traded them off. Hopefully, they went on to serve a new Novice somewhere.

 

In 1978, my replacement station was a Trio-Kenwood TS-520S, a hybrid with a 6146 final PA that I only replaced once...just for practice.  I traveled the world with her aboard ship, but then sold her in Alaska in 1987.  This was one of the classic rigs in the history of amateur radio.  Virtually bulletproof, though the front end could be swamped if there was another transmitter nearby, like at an ARRL Field Day exercise.  Adding an internal 500Hz, 8-pole crystal CW filter on the IF and a good, heavy-grade external notch filter on the feedline mitigated that.

 

 

My next rig was an Icom IC-765, bought when I arrived in Oregon in 1989.  She's over 25 years old now!  I'm very fortunate to live near a fellow who emigrated from Japan and is a factory-trained Icom mechanic (Kuni, W7JV). He did a recent and thorough testing, tuning, and upgrade of components to the point where it exceeds the original factory specs.  Pre-DSP in design, she can still compete with today's rigs.  I added an International Radio Corp roofing filter modification kit, which reduces third order intermodulation from adjacent strong signals, anywhere from 2 to 20kHz on either side of the tuned frequency. The roofing filter essentially becomes the first IF filter in the radio, placed as close as possible to the first mixer, acting as the passband.  It's like a "noise blanker" without the effect of degrading the signal you want to hear.  I still own this rig.

I was QRT from April 1997 until January 2016.  For those two decades, I was busy with family, work, and all the distractions of life.  When I finally retired, there was time to get back to the hobby, although the technology had really changed.  As I tuned around, the new digital modes caught my attention.

 

 

I found a showroom-demo Icom IC-7200 and liked that I could couple the radio directly to a PC and eliminate peripheral devices.  Concentrating on JT-65A and JT-9 modes, the DXCC count began to rise and so did my interest.  The rig was kept between 25W and 40W.  Antennas varied, but were mostly a variation of different wires.  In late 2016, the long-term plan for the shack started to come together.   The old Rohn 25 tower was taken from storage, re-erected and a used Mosley TA-33 went up.  The following summer, a fellow DXer was upgrading his antenna, and I bought his SteppIR DB-18e.  The improvement was immediate and rewarding as more DX was logged, despite the approach of Solar Minimus.  I added a Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.2Kfx amplifier, another bargain from the used market.

 

 

 

Another opportunity struck in early 2018.  A neighboring amateur with "too much gear" let me borrow his Flex Radio 6300.  After playing with it on my bench, including some repair work, I was impressed enough to buy it from him.  As a Software-Defined Radio (SDR), it will only be limited by whatever software upgrades are produced, thus becoming probably the last HF radio I'll need.  Coupled with the SteppIR antenna, getting those last, rare DX contacts is now just a matter of "AIC", as DXers say.  

 


Awards:  DXCC (for CW, Digital, 15M, 17M, 20M, 30M, 40M, 80M), WPX, WAC, WAS, BPL, RCC, (and soon, I hope...) WAZ.  I served as an ARRL Assistant Section Manager for the Oregon Section 1989-1991, then in the San Francisco Section 1991-1995. I migrated to digital modes, particularly packet radio 1985-1997, but then was mostly inactive after retiring from the USCG in 1999, other than an annual JOTA.  I've recently started pulling the gear out of storage and am intrigued by low power, weak signal data operations like JT65, JT9, Olivia, PSK31, et al, on HF.  My #bucketlist goals are 5BDXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, and DXCC Challenge: A minimum 1,000 DX stations worked across a unique combination of countries and bands.

Here's my old Worked All States award from 1979.  It took months and months of hunting around the bands, mostly on CW, trying to find each of the states and get a QSL card exchanged in the mail.  Next to it is my new 2016 digital mode (JT-65 exclusively) Worked All States award.  It took only 17 days to earn it; using JT-65 Low Signal mode and ARRL's Logbook of the World made it easy.

The CDM was earned by working 24 of the 32 entities that border the Mediterranean Sea.  Presently, that count is now at 25, but I'd like to work all 32.  If you are in Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Mt Athos, or the British Bases in Cyprus, I am looking for you!  On the right is the ZL Worked All Pacific, which was easier to earn, although it took more time.  Working Oceania from the Seattle area is fun, while working Europe and Africa are quite the challenge.

One of the best things you can do is to join a club where the members have similar interests.  For me, it was the Western Washington DX Club, which is filled with great hams who are very accomplished DXers.  It's the the best place to swap stories and learn.  By the way, if you work me, it counts toward the Totem Award!  

 

I also operated the USCG Recreational Military Stations W6ZZM (Petaluma, CA) , KL7IQE (Juneau, AK), and W2AIR (New York, NY, and also when it moved to Petaluma, CA).  W2AIR has since moved again, this time to Alameda, CA.  W6ZZM and KL7IQE have both gone QRT, unfortunately, as the USCG got out of the classic HF business.

I'm a regular participant during Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) every Fall.  I've been involved with Scouting since I was young, and had to pleasure to serve on the Kayaking staff at recent BSA Jamborees.  Both of my sons are Eagles, and the 3 of us are Vigil Honor members of the Order of the Arrow.  My OA Lodge models the Salish Coastal Northwest tribes of the late 19th Century; my Vigil name is Hyas Papa Tenas Tyee (Chinook Jargon for Tall Father of Young Leaders).  I am a kayak expedition fanatic, and live in a perfect spot to paddle for days around Puget Sound and its surrounding waterways, camping as I go.

 


Some of the ships I served in through the years...

 

 

 

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DX World Award#4907
Granted: 2016-12-31 16:42:33   (KE7B)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20M Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#1961
Granted: 2016-07-20 01:16:02   (K3JZ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1752
Granted: 2016-01-17 05:58:42   (K3JZ)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#11715
Granted: 2016-01-15 22:23:52   (K3JZ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#10282
Granted: 2016-01-05 01:25:02   (K3JZ)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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