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Station Information for NK7Z

NK7Z Equipment used


Station information for NK7Z can be found below.

 Operating Position:

Operating Position

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.




Operating Position

Operating Position

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 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.





ALS-1306 (Front)

ALS-1306 (Front)


I love this amplifier, the auto tune feature follows the K3 around, and the tuner will tune almost instantly.  Band-switches now take about 15 seconds.





Full List of Equipment



Antenna Control Equipment:





  • Black Box, home brew dual core Pentium, 3 GHz.
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Linux, Debian
  • Dell single core 3 GHz.
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Windows 7, dual booted to Debian Linux
  • Raspberry Pi
    • Control of FT-817ND, and Elecraft K3
    • In house DX Cluster/NTP Server #1
Modes Used:
  • RTTY
  • BPSK (All versions)
  • JT-9
  • JT-65
  • CW
  • SSB
  • FM
  • Packet
  • MT63 (1K/2K) (MARS work)


ARRL LoTW, eQSL, and buero


Awards/Certification/other Licenses:

275/235 Countries Worked/Confirmed as of 03/15/2015

See a map of all worked countries here...

See Clublog for details…

ARRL DXCC Award #41,824

Now 233 confirmed

CQ WPX Mixed #2272

1549 Prefixes as of 08/13/15

CQ WPX Digital #105

100+ Prefxes


ARRL TPA Award # 1,020


ARRL WAS Mixed #52,157

ARRL 5BWAS #3,157

DARC Europa Diplom #3097

Oregon Emergency Net #1294

10-10 #15419

FCC First Class Radiotelephone

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

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

Now AFMARS, (Air Force Mars): AFA0DC

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