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Please feel free to visit my NEW Website https://sdrzone.com - being rebuilt after a major cyber attack

There you can find a true SDR only site for exploring and intriguing Hams.

See live Shack SMeter:http://www.myqsx.net/ni0z/

Affiliations - ARRL , W0ERH,OMISS # 7871

Background: I have a degree in electronics, was a communications repairman in the Army Signal Corp many years ago and a currently a long time Information Technology Professional. I have obtained an Extra Class license and still enjoy learning something new every day. There is no substitute for experience in this hobby and I find the challenges worth the while and very rewarding in terms of enjoyment.

 

HAM Activities: Much of my time currently is spent building out my station, working on SDRs and SDR software reviews for SDRZone.com

 

I have come a long way on building out my station and believe it or not, the picture below was a from quite a few versions ago. The key goal learned through observation and monitoring was to minimize the number of times the wires touch. The baker racks you see to the rear and right in my station have been a life saver!  Also, grounding my station with a real grounding network running through the yard very significantly lowered my noise floor from almost S8 to under S4.

 

 

 

Hex Beam on a GME Roof Tower - survives storms very nicely!

 

 

In the beginning, there was a desk - October 2011

 

 

I like to explore the airwaves, listen, make new friends, rag chew and see just how far away I can hit given the limits of my antennas. Longest DX to date is South Africa long path at 15,890 miles.

 

The picture below shows and Anan 100D monitoring 5 bands (left) while a Flex 5000 is used for operations.

HAM Gear: My main rig these days is the Expert Electronics MB1 along with an Elad FDM DUO, and QS1R for skimming.  I run an Elecraft KPA 500 and KPA 100 (For KX3 and DUO) Amp, Wavenode WN2D Wattmeter and a  Elecraft KAT 500Antenna Tunner as my main rig. A G5RV runs straight to the second receiver as a dedicated receive antenas. The primary Reciever is serviced by a K4KIO Hex Beam on a GME Roof Tower at 35 feet atop the house. This setup allows for operation on most bands. I also runVHF/UHFwith a Dr Fong Antenna 

 

I have a KX3, KPA100 and PX3 for remote fun with a BuddyPoll antena system.  

Below is a past wiring diagram showing the high-level connectivity of the equipment and Antennas. Please substitue the Anan 100D with the EE MB1.

The NI0Z SDRZone shack computer, Hamzilla, is a powerful 6 core 3.5ghz machine that last year scored as the 22nd fastest PC in the desktop rankings OUT OF TENs OF THOUSANDS TESTED.. Hamzilla's insides are pictured below. You can read and learn more about choosing and building your own PC at sdrzone.com.  Even in 2017 it stands in the top 10% of computers benchmarked on CPUBenchmark.com.  An ESSD Drive has been added along with another 32GB of RAM.

HamZilla

The Flex 5000A was truly a facinating multi-dimensional radio. The ability to tweak, tinker and learn with it truly offers me many hours of enjoyment. The new Anan 100D is even more facinating with a powerhouse engine under the hood just waiting on all the software to release its potential.  The MB1 now takes the SDR out of the Experimentation phases and offers users a full featured world class SDR based transciever in a very attractive tradition transciever package.

Mobile I now run a yaesu in the turck with a Comett SBB for vhf/uhf. The Hybrid Truck makes HF very difficult due to the wide band RFI that it produces so the HF Antenna and Radiwasremoved and a Yaesu Dual Ban radio was installed in its place.

Enhanced SSB Audio: I have been integrating some front end audio processing equipment to improve the sound of my transmit audio fidelity.At present I have the Behringer Mic2200 Preamp, Behringer FX-2000, Behringer MX882 and a Behringer 2496 Vocal Mastering Processor. I am using a Blue Spark Bottle Condenser Mic and this all runs through an iBox to the Flex 5000. Many people associated ESSB with illegal expanded bandwidth and that is not what I am after. I have found that having the ability to create different audio profiles can enhance the ability to make DX contacts, increase transmit power and also provide enhanced enjoyment for Ragchewing. It's also rewarding as a challenge to build and setup correctly. I have had several people comment that my audio sounds like broadcast quality despite being only 2.7 to 2.9K wide. Thats my true goal with the front end equipment.

OLD Shack in its first hay day, I had so very much figured out at that point.

Just Me: While I love technology I also love and enjoy nature as well. camping, hiking are two activities I find peace in and I wish there were more time in life to enjoy them more. Perhaps I can tie it all together someday if I have the good fortune of being able to retire. I once dabbled in professional photography and had the great fun of being able to shoot landscape and stills for a few small independent films and even a few weddings at my pinacal, along with a few merit awards with the PPA. You can find some of my images on the net if you look. I have included several photos below for the 30 miles area around where I live.I am also a former passionate amature astronomer having delved into the deep skies, CCD imaging from a backyard robotic observatory working to dscoverasteroids and at present still enjoy general observing with a more traditional computerized telescope.

Thanks for visiting my profile and I look forward to meeting you on the airwaves!

e-mail: myfirstname at AM4L.com

NI0Z formerly general class KD0PKO licensed on 8/22/2011 & extra class AC0XO licensed on10/12/2011

The rats nest of wiring, would you believe me if I told you that i spent a lot of time wiring it just this way to reduce RFI?

New K4KIO 6 Band Heaxbeam at 32 Feet

 

Pictures from around the metro area here whereI live in Olathe KS, there is quite a variety to see despite many people thinking Kansas is flat and boring. These pictures all all copyrighted and can not be reproduced or used without my permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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