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Welcome to my shack and thanks for visiting. I started in radio while I was in scouting. Although I did not get my ham license then I did learn Mosrse Code, even though we did code on paper. In 1986 I went to a morse code class from a friend who I met on the CB strangely enough,  I had remembered it. I operated on CB Radio which I started around 1968.

Some of the things I have done through out my life. I am an Eagle Scout,  After high school when to college and graduated with a AAS in applied science. Played college hockey, played my trumpet with my fathers band. I served in the Army playing the trumpet for 8 years from 1976-1984 was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. After my army service I went back to college to attain another AAS in Applied Science. Played in Moe Bretons Big band for several years. . Became an Amateur Radio Operator in May of 1986, but did not actually operate until one year later. I acquired my Amater Extra in November 1988.

After the Army I started working in the manufacturing field. Then moved to landscaping, after that I became a Licensed Electrician. After a career in the Electrical field I now work at The Home Depot for the last 7+ years and will probably retire  there because I have found that helping people in the retail industry quite rewarding.

I am married to my great wife Brenda KA1VIW

We have 5 children all grown with 5 grand children.

I am fortunate to still have my mother.

My father passed away at 12:40am on 6 Mar 2016. Dad was 87 years young. I enjoy living in New Hampshire but as I get older, snow is not as much fun as it used to be, but I still enjoy the beauty of it after a storm.

Thanks for stopping by..

73 and God Bless

Nelson - NU1G


QCWA# 36623   OMISS#  5509     GERATOL# 1444       1010# 46680

>> Highlight of my brief Amateur Career<< 6 May 1986 through Present Day [31+ years of Amateur Radio]

1986: 6 May - Novice License issued

1987: First Amateur Radio Contact 5 May 1987 on CW

1988: Upgraded to Amateur Extra on 5 Oct license issued on 12 Nov

1990: November Sweepstakes 1st Place NH Section

1991: [Local Net Certificate 1 Aug][WAC 7 Oct][WAS 40m SSB][WAS 10m 30 Jul]

          [WAS 75m SSB 2x2 Extra Class Award #1444 31 Jul]

1993: [DXCC Awarded Phone 6 Jan]

2006: N1L Special event 1 May 2006 - 15 May 2006 - Completed with 1170 Total Contacts.

          [Achieved WAS WAC DXCC]

          QSL via NU1G

2006: Station Dis-assembled in Nov

2014: Station Re-assembled on 15 Oct 2014

>> Yearly Contact Listing by Decade <<

1987-1990: 4461 Contacts

1991-2000: 3231 Contacts

2001-2010: 6363 Contacts

2011-2014:  932 Contacts

2015: 2066 Contacts

2016: 628 Contacts

2017: 529

>> NU1G Station Configuration <<


HF Radio 1: ICOM IC-7300

              HF Ant1: Alpha-Delta DX-LB 160m-80m-40m Trapped Dipole at 30ft [north/south]

              HF Ant2: Cushcraft A3s Triband with 10-15-20 meters @ 30 Ft

              HF Ant3: GAP Titan DX Vertical ground mounted at 12ft

                6m Ant: Cushcraft A50s @ 35 ft    

     Balanced Line: 160m 260' Dipole fed with 450 ohm @ 50ft [north/south]

              Amplifier: IN process of building a new amplifier. Clone of an Ameritron AL82

          Microphone: David Clark H10-13.4 Aviation Head Set

   Digital Interface: Signalink USB


HF Radio 2: Swan 500C with 117XC Power Supply with Turner 254C Microphone.                   

                Antenna: Of Center Fed Dipole 80m-40m-20m-15m-10m @ 30Ft [east/west]

This radio has been fully restored by Stu (K4BOV) Story follows picture.

Nelson, NU1G, arrived at the living room of my house (K4BOV) on Wednesday morning, December 28th, 2016 for his Swan radio hospital appointment. This is the first time I have met him in person - as you see he is a rather husky lad carrying, with ease, a Swan 500C SSB transceiver, Swan 117XC power supply, microphone and box of tubes and parts while at the same time closing the door with his right foot.

 I had just replaced the batteries in this camera; so, disregard the date/time as shown.  

The radio, an E-Bay acquisition, really tested my discernment abilities. There were 8 issues – six electronics related and two man-made related. Both the man-made (previous "technician") interventions and two of the electronics failures were enough to prevent the radio from ever functioning again unless critical attention could be persuaded of K4BOV.

 At the end of the day, Nelson loaded up his fully restored Swan 500C and headed back to New Hampshire hopeful of beating an anticipated snow storm that evening.


Stu runs the SWAN net on Saturdays at 2:00pm on 7.235 I have know Stu for some 25 years and this was the first time we have ever met in person.


Other than the Horror show of a drive back from NY. My GPS decided to take me on a scenic tour through Upper NY and Vermont. 176 miles of winding roads and mountains late at night it was stressful to say the least and brought me way north of Concord, NH. Even though the detour though not what I expected it did get me home at the time that I was supposed to arrive.

I will not be doing that route ever again..



           Antenna: Cushcraft R7 Vertical at 3ft off the ground

               Power:  30-50  Watts

Digital Interface: Signalink USB

           Software: Fldigi v3.23

                    PC: Homebrew Quad Core 2.7 - Gen 6 - I5 Pentium Intel Processor

            Logging: Logic v9

>>VHF/UHF Configuration<<

     Icom IC3200 2m/440mhz

       Antenna: 2m/440mhz Diamond X200 @20ft

    Below are some pictures of my new amplifier project. It is parted out from my Swan Mark II.

They are not in any particular order. But you may be able to tell the progress of the amplifier. It is going to be a pair of 3-500Z as was my Mark II.. . I will in the near future be more discriptive of my progress.. THis is a clone of the Ameritron Al82 Amplifier.

My brother and I constructed the enclosure out of 1/16 in hi-grade alumnium sheeting that I paid $10.00 for.

The above variable capacitors are from my Swan Mark II Amplifier that I stripped of all components.



Before redesigning the power supply. This is what the first rendition of the power supply was. The old Mark II Transformer.

In the next photo below is the redesigned power supply cavity. 

I have removed the old Swan Mark II transformer, after removing the old transformer and power supply boards. I have  replaced them with a new Hypersil transformer from Ameritron as well as the new new Ameritron Filter Capacitor board and rectifier board.


As you can see I can work in the power supply cavity easily now. That was not the case with the Swan Transformer. It was heavy. I also have room to work around the components as well. I am considerind replacing all relays with electronic ones. But that is for a future modification.


The below photo of the Pi-Network. Is as close to a educated estimation on how Ameritron did it. I searched all of the internet for photos, and as much information I could find. From using my antenna analyzer every band seems to balance out with a 1.1 SWR on all 9 bands.

The heat sink on the left is for the soft/start resistors. The original setup were getting way to hot. I installed 2 - 25w resistors in parallel to prevent heating of the resistors. It runs quite cool from the test I have done.

This is the final version of my amplifier. It is operational and from all reports it is functioning perfectly. The only issue is correcting a few of the meters. But I expect to do that in the next few weeks. Other wise I am leaving well enough alone because it took 18 months to have it operational. The gathering of parts circuit problems and change after change.  

This was a great project to do and I want to thank K1QQ and K4BOV who both were instrumental in helping me along.

Below is a Flow Chart drawing ROUGH SKETCH I might add on how my station is interconnected.

Hope to work you soon ...

I enjoy Contesting. Working DX and Rag Chewing most of all.

Nelson - NU1G

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