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Royal Kona Resort Hawaii Operations

NOTICE: I be operating from the big island of Hawaii from the Royal Kona Resort located in Kailua Bay starting 01-May-17 through  06-May-17 as KH6/KW2AIR. I will be operating digital on JT65 and JT9 on  20, and 40 meters with some SSB.  

73's Don  

BIOGRAPHY

Previously Held: WN2UND, WA2PXV, VK2AIR

Currently Held  : KW2AIR, C6AIR

Club Station: W2AIR - United States Coast Guard, Governors Island NY, NY (1970 - 1974) Radioman School

Current Operating Conditions:
1) Elecraft KX3 15w with ZS6BKW inverted-v up 45 feet
2) Software: WSJT-X v1.7.0 rc3 with JTAlert-X v2.8.5  for JT65 & JT9, PSK Reporter 
3) In use now:  IAC 40m double bazooka inverted-v up 12m (see log good DX QSO's on 40m)
4) In use now:  home brew 40mtr OFC dipole apex 30ft slightly sloping ends
5) In use now:  40m HyPower OCF Dipole 10m
6) In use now:   home brew 1 full wave 20m Delta Loop. Horiztonal portion down and up 4m
7) In use now:  HyEndFed 8 band 200w 41m end fed inverted L wire at 19m (#2 performer)
8) In use now:  Home brew full wave 20m Quad Loop apex @ 18m (best performer of all antenna's tested to date)

DIGITAIL OPERATING TIP JTx- Using production release WSJT-X v1.7.0 and its amazing decode capabilities of very weak signals and ability to pick out and decode stations transmitting on same frequency offset --- Amazing 

DIGITAIL COURTESY JTx- 1) If called by a station that I have QSO'd before I will always answer your call and provide a report. 2) must receive an "R" from you before it goes into my log. 

FIRST LICENSED

I have been interested in Ham Radio since I was 14 as WN2UND (1963-1964) and operated mainly 40 meter CW using a TX Knight T60 and RX Knight Span Master. In those days the novice ticket was for 1 year and I let it expire.

MILITARY - United States Coast Guard

In 1970 I joined the United States Coast Guard and went to Radioman School on Governors Island, New York. This duty station had a club station W2AIR where I caught the ham radio bug again and became licensed as WA2PXV in 1972. I was very active at W2AIR and enjoyed performining hundreds of phone patches for deployed military personnel. Especially enjoyed handling traffic for KC4USA and KC4USB in the Antarctic.

VANITY CALL SIGN

In 2013 changed my call from WA2PXV to KW2AIR which reminds me of my W2AIR U.S. Coast Guard days and has a better CW weight.

UPGRADED TO EXTRA

On June 28 2014 I passed my Extra exam.  I studied for about 3 weeks and attribute getting a 98% score to the online site links listed here.  I purchased the Gorden West Extra book and didn't find it as useful as these sites that simulate the exam with ability to concentrate on sections needing more study. hamradiolicenseexam.com and hamstudy.org

CURRENT

I am currently active on all HF bands mainly digital modes JT65, JT9.  I work alot of DX worldwide. Just view my QRZ.com log to see some of the contacts I have had in this area of the world with a very modest shack.

OPERATING CONDITIONS

Rig: Elecraft KX3 12-15w  Antenna: Home Brew ZS6BKW inverted-v up 45 feet (an newer version of G5RV)

Software: WSJT-X v1.7.0, JTAlert v 2.8.5 auto logs after each QSO to LOTW, eQSL, HRDLOG and Ham Radio Deluxe


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QSL CARD (QSL by "Mr. QSL" custom QSL cards k4jsg.com)

                     

Sodus Outer Lighthouse - Sodus Point, New York

The Great Sodus Bay is one of the largest and deepest natural harbors on Lake Ontario. After a series of jetties and piers were built to protect the harbor in 1834, the Sodus Outer Lighthouse was established to mark the harbor entrance. This lighthouse is located 30 miles to the east of my QTH. I took the photo, that appears on my QSL card, on a very windy day with a 200mm lens, neutral density filter and a 3 second time expsosure.


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United States Counties Award#4513
Granted: 2016-09-08 21:20:02   (KW2AIR)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#667
Granted: 2015-02-17 16:10:03   (KW2AIR)

World Continents Award#2673
Granted: 2015-02-13 03:30:04   (KW2AIR)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#2430
Granted: 2015-02-13 03:30:02   (KW2AIR)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
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