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2008/2009

Welcome to Amateur Radio Station KD0ZW website 2008/2009

Working the World  from W. Des Moines IA armed with  5 watts PEP SSB , assorted CW Qrp rigs,  a trapped vertical, and  using only batteries and solar cells.  LATEST NEWS:  The Junk Box 30 is born!  "JB30" .  Want to live the process, click here.  U5 is officially on the FCC2 board... And I used my good eye... Hot news -- Worked Alex  in Scotland with 5 watts pep and a vertical, batteries and solar cells...56!  Fired up the IC751a  for sig comparison -- 2 S units better running 100 watts.

Sound fun.... It is..  Work that mega station and get a 59 and tell the operator  you are running 5 watts pep out!  Below is just a sample of my log entries since 6/15/08. And we are at the bottom of the sun spot cycle?  I have worked many states SSB, 5w pep on 20 meters (14 mhz).  AK, NY, CA, CO,OH, VA, MD, MI, WI, MS, ND, NJ, IA,OR, AZ ,WA, western Canada on multiple occasions,  and Scotland.   I know  there are QRPp milliwatt stations having great success.  I like that too... But, for more frequent contacts try Qrp 5 watt SSB on for size.  Hope I have sparked your interest!  Soon I will adapt the BitX20a for PSK31 for even more fun.  My Laptop will run on portable power too!   

Selected Log entries since 6/15/08  BitX20A  5w PEP out

Date

Freq

Mode

CDT

ARS

Sent

Rcved

Time off

QTH

PWR

6/24

14.170

SSB

20:30

WX2F

5 30/9

59

20:37

LI NY

5w

7/7

14.172

SSB

10:10pm

K0OJ

59

56

10:16

CO

5w

7/9

14.200

SSB

1:50 am

VA6UK

59

56

2:02

Alberta CA

5w

7/9

14.166

SSB

7:56 pm

K8RFS

58

55

8:02

OH

5w

8/16

14.177

SSB

1:54pm

AL1G

59

59

1:56

Alaska

5w

11/30

14.182

SSB

10:30 am

GM4NFC

59

56

10:40

SCOTLAND

5w

12/21

14.177

SSB

4:52pm

W7HX

59

58

5:02

WA

5w

1/2/09

14.173

SSB

3:15pm

VE6AO

5/9+20

59 +5

3:23

Calgary AB

5w

1/2/09

14.177

SSB

4:20pm

VE6CQ

5/9+20

59

4:27

Calgary AB

5w

1/4/09

14.173

SSB

1:00pm

N2XJ

58

54

1:07

NJ

5w

                Pictured: KD0ZW  Michael Mona -- QTH Clive, IA Suburb of Des Moines  with:

  • 6BTV (Hustler) vertical with DX Engineering tilt rig  with radial plate -- radials for 40,30,20
  • Home-brew portable power pack -- Deep cycle with  MFJ 12v accessory power panel/meter 400 watt Inverter mounted on back side.
  • Briefcase 13watt Solar Panel -- folds up for easy carry.
  • BitX20A SSB rig -- FCC-1 LCD readout, micro fan cooling, and vintage Turner 2+2 mic.
  • One freebie DX Engineering Hat! 

 

In the works... 30mtr 1 watt special -- Little Kahuna, Slick 30, pea shooter..UPDATE: 12/6/08.. I'm going to call it the JB30 -- "Junk Box.30" ...  Pictures of an Original Tin Tuna with 10db amp, my current adventure with a FCC-1/FCC-2 SMT  DVFO.(updated)  and whatever else comes to mind... 72, 73,  Mike.

 

30mtr 1 watt  30mtr rcvr        FCC-1            FCC-1/2            FCC-2        Original Tin Tuna with 10 dB amp