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Please feel free to visit my NEW Website https://sdrzone.com - being rebuilt after a major cyber attack - check June 2017

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 and Manager in the communications field. I have obtained an Extra Class license and still enjoy learning something new every day. There is no subsititue for expereince 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 SDR and SDR software reviews for SDR ZONE. I have several projects underway at present which include improving my ground floor noise, improving reception, improving transmit audio quality and just getting all my gear situated and RFI friendly in the pictures you see above and below.

I have come a long way on building out my station and believe it or not, the intro picture is 2 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! 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: I run an Expert Electronics MB1 along with  a KX3, QS1R, Afedri net, an Elecraft KPA 500 and KPA 100 (For KX3) 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 and now a KX3 for fun. Curently VHF is only available on the MB1 and in the truck while Mobil.

Below is the most current 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.


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.

MobileI now runa 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

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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N2B 2016-09-30 20m SSB EN44eb United States 100 years anniversary of Hell Gate Bridge in NYC
MW0YVK 2014-11-16 17m SSB IO81lt Wales Eddy Howells
YT1T 2014-03-15 15M SSB JN94us Serbia 006 202
RL3A 2014-03-15 15M SSB KO85ox Russia 005
YO4RIU 2014-03-15 15M SSB KN35oq Romania 004
RU4AA 2014-03-15 15M SSB JA00aa Russia 003
OH0W 2014-03-15 15M SSB JJ00aa Aland Islands 002 Long Path
OG2A 2014-03-15 15M SSB JJ00aa Finland 001
HF15NATO 2014-03-15 17M SSB JO73gk Poland The 15h anniversary of Poland's accession to NATO
TG9NX 2014-03-15 17M SSB JJ00aa Guatemala Franco Capuano
N1DRS 2014-03-14 17M SSB FN42me United States David R Stevens
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WA8ZYT 2014-03-09 17M SSB EL89qs United States MICHAEL J SHIMEK
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SD2014ESS 2014-03-09 17M SSB JO99bh Sweden Special Event

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