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Hi, Thanks for visiting.

Just changed my call. 

New callsign is KS6N (effective 8/15/17). Never had a vanity call and I like the shortened syllables for voice and its a lot easier for CW.

I've been around in one form of amateur radio or another for quite a few years now. I think I recieved my extra call, AC6VW around 1996 or so after I finally got around to upgrading.

*Note I started using the QRZ log but it might be awhile until I get all the contacts updated, I have thousands on paper to go through. I'm really sorry but please be patient if this is the only log you use. I use Lotw, eqsl, and hrdlog. I try to answer every QSL card but sometimes they get missed. If its been awhile, please email me and I'll check my logs and get one out right away. Qsl direct no S.A.S.E. needed and good with the bureau.

 

Here are some shots from my station.(Pardon the mess and the pile of vhf radios waiting to be fixed! hihi)

Straight on:

 

Side shot: (rooms not big enough to get it all in 1 picture)


The pictures arent all updated but current station for HF is:

Cushcraft A4S Yagi for 7 Mhz to 28Mhz.

Doublet at 45 Feet for 3.5 to 50 Mhz fed with 450 ladder line and DX Engineering 10kw balun.

Homebrew vertical for 160 made from PVC I wrapped with # 14 wire but I want to build a better one someday after I saw a nice design in QST.

Comet GP-15 for 6/2/440

6 Meter simple vertical (noname from a hamfest for $5)

Radios are Yaesu, Elecraft, and Kenwood HF.

Amps are Alphas and a Dentron Clipperton L spare thats currently at a dear friends house warming his wires.

Keys I use are Speed-ex Bugs, Vibroplex Bugs, and a Begali single paddle (Sculpture Mono).

Other goodies include a Palstar HF-Auto. I'm not really that thrilled with it. If I get over 1450 watts it occasionally arcs and I have to switch in the AT2KD or AT4K. Auto is awesome, but not so much chasing dx QRO.

 

 

I've really taken a shine to SDR and made a simple interferometer directly connected to some SDR Hardware to do some experimenting. It's also amazing to just look at the whole band and click wherever you want to go. 

Having the pan adapter/spectrum analyzer has made a big difference that you'd have to try yourself!

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some examples of what you can easily see with a good quality SDR.

The Main Station is run by a Mac Mini that dual boots OSX, Windows, and Linux. Mac Mini running SDR-dx and a Windows/Linux laptop for things like HRD and JT65-HF.

 

Usually I can be found on 80, or 20 CW, but if my antennas cooperate 160 also hi.

Sometimes QRP or QRO. I prefer QRP on CW, but I do operate higher as well. Amps are usually on as well for voice but it just depends on conditions. I also have found nowadays I notice the fans and heat a lot more so it's nice to have it quiet when barefoot.

I run my FT-2000D in Class A mode at 75watts drive for the amps. From the reports I get and testing both ways, it makes an audible difference. The signal is much clearer, or so I've been told. Makes sense to me even though the class A should really only affect the efficiency. smiley Wouldn't be the first time Yaesu had something working "not quite as described". haha

I play with all digital modes and voice a lot lately too. JT-65a and PSK. 

For logging I use eQSL, hrdlog,  QRZ,  and LOTW but will always be happy to send a card if desired.

LOTW is the only one I am sure to track.

The others are just because HRD and JT-Alert auto update them or as a curtousy to people chasing those awards.  

I did get a Begali CW Machine but haven't quite got the auto logging down so CW logging is still done by hand using HRDlog or a couple Linux programs I'm playing with.

 

QSL cards returned in the form recieved. Electronic / Hard Copy, etc...

*I had a bad accident and a very long recovery not too long ago so I may have missed returning some during that time. 

73 and good DX !

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Below is an example of sampled audio (note the smaller waterfall in the lower right).

It clearly shows the mic audio from 300hz to 2800hz with the nulls and the boosts centered at 600, 1200, 1800, 2200, and a sloping recline on the upper end. (bottom right sections in the image below)

He was probably using a 5 band EQ for transmit audio. Just a little too much on the lows and it really takes the wind out of the signal. It didnt sound all that great, not bad really, just was a good example to capture to illustrate SDR capabilities.

 
 
Here is some nasty noise caught on 80 meters! After tracking it down, this is a motion detector back yard light with CFL Floodlights next door not far from my antenna!

For local or worldwide conditions you can hover over the wind widget below and mousewheel to zoom or drag to pan after it's zoomed out:

 

 

 

I left this on but to be honest, there is a lot of missing reports always showing up and I really question it's usefulness:

 

73 ! See you on the bands

 

 

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