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January 2018 Hawaii:

Relocated to Honolulu, frequently operating a remote station in Virginia near Richmond from Hawaii, and local QRP beach portable from Honolulu, Hawaii.  The shack in KH6 consists of an IC-7100 connected via remoterig to the station in Virginia, with a palm paddle micro.  Working from a highrise apartment near downtown Honolulu:

HNL Shack





















Environment of downtown Honolulu:

QRP portable rig near Diamond Head, Oahu, MTR-4B Mountain Topper, 5W cw rig on 80m, 40, 30m, and 20m.:


October 2017 Virginia:

October Camping radio trip to Fox Aces in October 2017 with Mount Vernon ARC. Operating on a borrowed landing field in the mountains.

















June 2017:

Weekend of June 9th, operating 5W CW portable with other members of Mount Vernon ARC near Warrenton, VA camping out at Fox Aces Airport runway. 80m, 40m, 30m, and 20m. Super-low noise floor at this location!  Radio: Mountain topper MTR-4B. Antenna: Sotabeams linked dipole, EFHW antenna. Shakespeare 20' Wonderpole.



May 2017:

Operating from Virginia - mostly CW with longwire and 25W on 80m, 40m, 30, and 20m.  Also QRP portable 5W CW with Mountain Topper MTR4B.


February 2017:

Operating this month KW4TO/KH6 from Honolulu, HI. 



July 2016:


I love operating low power portable gear in the outdoors.

My portable station includes  a Yaesu FT-817,  Chameleon F-Loop Magnetic Loop, MX-P50M amplifier (45 Watts Max), and a Wolphilink interface to an Android tablet.  This setup runs on a 3S 5200 mAH Lithium Ion battery for several hours of typical use.  The FT-817 and Amp. together weigh 2 kg. (Less than a FT-857 @2.5 kg).  Power limit for transmit on the magnetic loop is 25W SSB, and 10W CW.  Narrow bandwidth digital modes allow for efficient use of low power, but I have also had success with SSB on this setup.

Thes Modes I'm currently operating:

  • PSK
  •  JT65
  • WSPR
  • SSB 


May 2016:

Installed my very first HF transceiver hardware for portable operations, and apartment operation from my urban home - located  100' above ground level in a high-rise apartment building in Alexandria VA, near Washington DC.  Currently operating SSB with:

    •    Yaesu FT-817 @ 5 Watts

    •    Magnetic Loop Antenna, by Chameleon Antenna


On May 22, made my very first HF contact from this urban location, on 15m to Brazil. Thanks to Toni, PY5AB in Brazil for being my first contact on my new portable hardware!


April 2016:

Began operating HFwith a license upgrade.  interested in HF, QRP, digital modes, and community service.

Currently operating remotely to two remote locations in Connecticut USA, via remotehamradio.com.

My current "shack" uses a macbook Pro connected to remote ham radio, as well as websdr.org for band monitoring.

The transmitter in Connecticut uses an Elecraft K3 with  off center fed dipole at 100' and 100W power.

April 2016 callsign changed to KW4TO from KB1HVJ.

Greetings from  Virginia. 73s.

Favorite Radio Activities / Communities:

  • SOTA - Summits on the Air
  • RBN - Reverse Beacon Network 
  • WSPR - Weak Signal Propagation Reporting
  • North American QRP CW Club: NAQCC Member # 9219


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