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Station Information for NK7Z


NK7Z Equipment used

 

Station information for NK7Z can be found below.

 Operating position:

Station

Operating Position

NK7Z Equipment used:

NK7Z Equipment used: right hand can get to any location, radio, amp, keyer, mouse with minimum movement.  Mouse is moved out of the way when doing CW.  Headphones are on hanger on the left of the operating position.  See the blow by blow description of the shack rebuild for the K3 here.

 

 

 

 

Signal Flow NK7Z

Signal Flow NK7Z

Signal Flow at NK7Z:

As can be seen, most of the signal flow is normal, when you see “Control Voltages”, this could mean keying data, PTT data, relay control signals moved down coax, etc.  The audio feeding the computer is for digital modes.  You will also see control voltages, this is PTT for the 756 PRO III.

 

 

 

 

Station

Station

The Ham Shack:

Amp is on right, computer monitor for two computers is in center on left.  The monitor is a 23 inch, arm adjustable LCD.  Not visible behind operating desk is the ground bus.  A 1/4 inch, by 1/2 inch copper bar runs along the rear top of the desk, and along the vertical portion of the back.  All devices are grounded to this bus.  The ground bus is in turn grounded via two cables, to a single ground rod, used for the house electrical ground.  The blue device above the monitor is a steam engine which my father and I rebuilt when I was around 13 years old…  I am now 60 years old…  It is quite old, and it works!

 

Vibroplex

Vibroplex

Vibroplex Iambic Paddle:

I use this for CW.  I almost never use MiXW as the keyer for CW.  Love this key, it is heavy enough to not move, and light enough to work well.  The Plexiglas cover keeps dust out of it so the keyer is always working well.

 

 

 

 

AL-82

AL-82

AL-82:

This amplifier is so handy.  I have a compromised antenna setup, so I run some power to be heard.  he 756 PRO III has a good enough reciever that without the amp I would be able to hear way more than I can transmit too.  With the amp at full power, (1500 Watts), the balance is just about right.

 

 

 

 

Full List of Equipment

Transmitter/Receiver:

Tuners:

Antenna Control Equipment:

Amplifier:

Antenna:

CW:

Computers:

  • Black Box, home brew dual core Pentium, 3 GHz.
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Linux, Debian
  • Dell single core 3 GHz.
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Windows XP, dual booted to Debian Linux
Modes Used:
  • RTTY
  • BPSK (All versions)
  • JT-9
  • JT-65
  • CW
  • SSB
  • FM
  • Packet
  • MT63 (1K) (MARS work)

QSL:

ARRL Logbook of the World, eQSL, Direct, and buero

 

Awards/Certification/other Licenses:

261 Worked as of 12/01/13

See a map of all worked countries here...

222 countries confirmed via LoTW as of 10/01/14

See Clublog for details…

ARRL DXCC Award #41,824

CQ WPX Mixed #2272

1197 Prefixes as of 08/13/13

CQ WPX Digital #105

100+ Prefxes

IARU WAC Basic

ARRL TPA Award # 1,020

ARRL WAS RTTY #490

ARRL WAS Mixed #52,157

ARRL 5BWAS #3,157

DARC Europa Diplom #3097

Oregon Emergency Net #1294

10-10 #15419

FCC First Class Radiotelephone (Expired) 

FCC General Radiotelephone (Active grandfathered from existing active 1st class ticket)

Navy MARS, (Navy Marine Corps Military Auxillery Radio System): NNN0RDO

Note:  All awards via LoTW, no paper QSL cards used.