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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.

AFTER 20+ YEARS AWAY, I'M BACK ON THE AIR!  Feel free to work me!  I will QSL 100%.  I prefer that we both use LOTW, but I still love exchanging cards.  I do not use the outgoing QSL 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 (I had escaped HQ assignments my entire career), but fate smiled and I was transfered to the US Pacific Northwest. At the turn of the century, I decided to retire here, but all my gear remained packed away. Shortly after reactivating in December 2015, running a "3" station in "7"-land became unwieldy in contests and for working DX, so I entered the FCC lottery for available Class A calls.  KE7B was awarded on Flag Day, 2016.

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.

DXCC (CW, Digital, 17M, 20M, 40M), 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 item is to earn a 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.


Operated USCG Recreational Military Stations W6ZZM (Petaluma, CA) , KL7IQE (Juneau, AK), and W2AIR (New York, NY, and also when it moved to Petaluma, CA).

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.

So what am I using today?  The old Icom IC-765 is still pumping RF into the clouds...but I recently bought a slightly used (store demo) Icom IC-7200 with LDG Electronics IT-100 autotuner at a hamfest.  Ruggedized, full DSP triple conversion IF, auto-notch filter and dual PBT, and an internal modem with USB so that I only need to plug in my laptop and operate digital modes.  It will be my 'go box' rig for Field Day and expeditions.

                                         Smile if you ever built and used one of these...

 

 

 

 


Here's some favorite family pix from the past couple of years.  The boys (Jeff and Chris) continue to grow like weeds.

 

<---At the Bonneville Salt Flats along Interstate 80 in Utah.

 

 

 

Whitewater Rafting at Glacier National Park in Montana.--->

 

 

<-- Marjorie and I working on our 160M rhombic. Actually, we were zip-lining in Cabo San Lucas, MX.

 

 

K7MLZ and KE7B paddling past Point Defiance and Gig Harbor on Puget Sound in Washington State.  Yes, we both love kayaking. --->

 

 

 

<--Best vacation we ever had was in French Polynesia.  Two weeks of paradise celebrating our transition to senior citizenship.

 

 

We were long-time volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America as our sons grew.  Both are "marked men" now, Eagle Scouts.  One of our favorite things was serving on the staffs for Wood Badge courses, which were week-long (or sometimes two 3-day weekends, semi-consecutive) leadership camps for new and rising adult leaders in the BSA. -->

 

 

 

 

 


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

 




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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KE7B
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KH6OO 2017-05-22 30m JT65 BL11bg Hawaii William N Kendall
OH4MR 2017-05-22 20m JT65 KP21rb Finland Markku Ramo
K7CRR 2017-05-22 20m JT65 AA00aa United States William L Spalding
CF2KZ 2017-05-22 20m JT65 FN46jw Canada Dany Pageau
RV9CX 2017-05-21 20m JT65 MO06JS Asiatic Russia Dmitry Avdeyev
YT6W 2017-05-21 40m CW KN04HV Serbia MLADEN BOGDANOV
E31A 2017-05-21 80m CW JJ00ED Eritrea FGC DX Group
LZ1ZJ 2017-05-20 20m JT65 KN12XA Bulgaria Slav Tashkov
TG9ANF 2017-05-20 20m JT65 EK44SM Guatemala Francisco Vassaux.
AD8J/HR9 2017-05-20 40m CW Honduras JOHN L GETZ
EU3AA 2017-05-20 80m JT65 KO22ef Belarus Victor Shakhalevich
E51DWC 2017-05-19 10m CW BG08CS South Cook Islands MILAN OK1DWC
K7BTW 2017-05-19 6m JT65 CN86pv United States Richard L Swanson
JT1CO 2017-05-18 20m CW ON38IA Mongolia Choigonjav Chadraabal
F1LII 2017-05-17 20m JT65 JN03RI France Jean-Michel Gazagnes

Book Totals: 1885 qso's   1329 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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

Endorsements:
  • 20M 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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