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My 2018 NRR (Novice Rig Roundup) NV1 Station setup as of March 04, 2018. More crystals this year so I am operating with all crystal control and the Halli HA-5 VFO is "on the shelf". Brings back memories of my early days as a novice in 59/60 - except I didn't have gear of this quality back then. So far I have used the Eico 720 and the Drake 2-NT transmitters along with the Collins 75A4 receiver.

Antenna switching is with a B&W electronic TR switch.  The key this year is my Vizkey Cootie.  Antenna for the event is my 160 meter open wire fed horizontal loop at 50' using a Viking KW Matchbox.

As of this update, I have made 37 Qso's with 20 different states/provinces.  The NRR runs through March 11 so still lots of time to fire up that old wireless gear and join in the fun.  Google: Novice Rig Roundup for all info including a free NRR number and the on-line logger.



First licensed in 1959 as KN3KJX. I have held callsign W3NP since 1977. Main interests: Restoring and/or modifying vintage communications gear and test equipment. I operate almost entirely CW using my collection of straight keys and "bugs".  My modern station is a Elecraft K3 Line, Ten Tec Omni VII & Eagle along with a K2-10 for QRP. I am quite active with SKCC and my SKCC # is 3182S.

Retired June 2010 as an Electronic Tech from the Communications Dept of CSX Railroad.


Modified Vibroplex single lever paddle = Vibro-Cootie shown below. This is the one that got me hooked on "sideswipery".

I have since added several more real cooties to the stable including a Begali HST II, a VizKey, a GHD-501A as well as a W1SFR torsion bar cootie.


I also have quite a few vintage rigs and equipment that I like to work on and exercise occasionally, especially during SKCC WES "tube gear and crystal control" events and also the Novice Rig Roundup. The little novice era rigs such as the DX-40, Eico 720, Knight T-50, Drake 2-NT, etc -  just to name a few are fun to work on and operate.  I still have my vintage AM station setup using a B&W T-368, 32V1, Viking II, as well as a homebrew 812H  transmitter along with 75A4, R-390A, and HRO-60 receivers.

Some Vintage Rigs

Drake B-Line along with some QRP Gear

I apologize to those who have sent QSL cards to me and have not received one in return. I have received my new cards and have begun so send them out.  To those that have sent SASE's, I will get a card to you as fast as I am able. I will try and send a card to everyone who has sent one to me in the past year or so.


Antennas: KLM KT34A @ 51',  Full wave 160 meter loop at 50' for 160-6 meters.  Cushcraft A3WS for 17/12 on 2nd tower @ 42' -  (not shown)

I just put up (May 2017) the 160 meter loop to try and improve my low band performance looking ahead to the low sunspot activity for the coming years - (took down 130' CF Zepp & 160 meter dipole).  I will probably install a 160 meter Inv L in the fall as the loop has a very high radiation pattern on 160 but it has shown a lot of promise on 80, 60, 40 & 30.  I think the final length of the loop will be 464' with 52.5' of 600 ohm OWL feeding it.

Below is part of the 160 meter loop looking to the NW. It is made with approx 500' of  white #14 Teflon coated standed copper wire. It averages about 50' AGL, is supported at 8 points, and is fed with 600 open wire line to a DX Engineering 1:1 remote balun mounted about 5' from the Elecraft KAT-500 tuner. It can also be switched to the Viking KW Matchbox tuner for use with the vintage higher powered AM gear in the basement.

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