...Amateur Radio and other stuff ... _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
WELCOME! Merry Christmas and thank you for stopping by my website! Here, you can find information about low power Amateur Radio operations and a number of enjoyable projects, tips, and shortcuts that might work well for you at your station. You will also find information on current writing activities for the Kindle Book reader, a number of which are related to Amateur Radio or communications.
Click on the Blue titles below to visit the different pages. Please browse around and make yourself at home!
AMATEUR RADIO QRP (Low Power) operations is the first page you may want to visit. For Amateurs (Hams) who may not be very familiar with low power operations, this might be particularly interesting. After decades of operating many kinds of higher power rigs ranging from 100 to 1000 watts, I have moved to 100% QRP operations, and on this page I explain why. Descriptions and pictures show the current set up built around the Elecraft KX3, Yaesu FT-817ND, and the Elecraft K1 as the station's primary transceivers. See how easy it is to also enjoy QRP fun without giving up your 'big rig' if you choose not to do so. On the other hand, if you are new to HF, you likely cannot get a new rig on the air for less money than by going QRP. Check it out!
TIPS-SHORTCUTS-IDEAS This page will give you some ideas for your shack. Some of the items on this new page are tips for making things better around the Shack, and some are ways to save time and effort. Items include ideas to keep your CW key in place, putting together an inexpensive mobile/portable for the car and local operation, making an easy PTT switch for your boom mic, making really stealthy antennas, making a point-to-point yagi out of PVC, and much more.
ANTENNAS page provides info on the antennas at use at K5DZE as well as some good antenna info you might wish to consider for use in your operations at home, while portable, or during an emergency. Included is a description of an easy to make and relatively inexpensive version of a highly effective horizontal All Band Loop Antenna, an effective Hamstick on a camera tripod for portable or condo use, a rugged Hamstick Antenna Transport Tube made from PVC tubing to carry and protect your Hamsticks, Outbacker, OPEK, or similar antennas safely. Also, you will find info on a small, effective really wide band VHF/UHF/ Discone you can make for your Amateur or VHF/UHF scanning use to set up in your attic. Lastly, there is a short discussion about using your wire antenna in an NVIS mode which works well for local area HF ENCOMM work.
PROJECTS page includes info and pictures about a few projects I have done in my Shack that might be of interest to you. Included are:
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A theme 'Coffee Table' for your Shack made from a small trunk.
How to restore an old veteran R-62 Brass Key (or most any brass key) to its original beauty and to active service.
The "DZE BOX" - A new Key to Rig Patch Panel that lets you easily swap any CW key/bug/paddle to any rig/device without moving keys or radio equipment..
Make a Tripod Mounted Hamstick Antenna using a discarded photo tripod with radials that adjust for the bands you use.
Make PVC Transport Tubes for Hamsticks, Outbacker, etc.
Make an inexpensive wood Desk Stand and matching CW Key Base for the Ten Tec 4020, KX-1, PFR-3A and other Trail Friendly type radios..
An aircraft grade aluminum construction version of the Desk Stand above and a tilt-up stand for the FT-817ND built by N5JPX.
Assemble a complete HF Station in a Briefcase.
An inexpensive folding, tilt-stand for the Elecraft KX3.
Use a cassette recorder with your rig to record what you hear and then transfer it to a CD for long term storage.
Make a Lighted 'Model' Ham Shack for your shelf. It contains a Code Practice Oscillator, QRP rig, keyer, or beacon, etc. Even the little beam rotates!
A parts tray for kit/project building using salad containers or frozen food trays.
A simple flashing LED On-The-Air light for your Shack door to let the family know you are operating or have the earphones on.
Looking for THE great Ham Club project? Why not make an effort to get youngsters in your area into Amateur Radio? This little Amazon Kindle book will tell you how make it easy and fun for you and some friends or for a team within your club!
KEY COLLECTION If you like telegraph keys, then take a look at my small collection of keys on this page. Here you will find a few interesting facts about the history some of these keys, and you might out something you didn't know about a couple of these instruments. Several of these were restored from rather rough condition to become beautiful keys to grace any Shack. Detailed information on how I did this is available on the PROJECTS page to help you do the same if you find a key you would like to bring back to active service. Enjoy!
AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR INSTRUCTIONS A fun, but serious set of instructions for any of us to follow as we enjoy Amateur Radio. I bet you know someone who might need to read this. Hi! Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might need or want a copy.
BOOKSHELF This page will give you information on the books /papers I have written and published (26 to date) for the Amazon KINDLE. If you are not familiar with Amazon's Kindle book readers, there is information available on the BOOKSHELF page to get you get up to speed on these great devices. Don't have a Kindle? No problem! You can read Kindle books on your desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone and most popular mobile phones. Best of all, the Kindle reader apps that lets you do this are free! If you love to read, Kindle is just the ticket to always have your personal library with you!
Have you ever thought about writing a book about Ham Radio, writing a novel, or writing on some other subject that you know a lot about? Why not write it as a Kindle book? The cost to you to publish an Amazon Kindle book is zero and the royalties can be impressive if it is a good, readable book! Check out my little Kindle book, Kindle Publishing for Word 2007. It will tell you how you can publish your book easily and quickly for Amazon Kindle just using WORD!
Recent low cost Ham Radio books published include:
GETTING YOUTH INVOLVED IN AMATEUR RADIO, a book with ideas to reach the youngsters in your area, help them in obtaining a license, and how to help them set up a "Teenage Training Net" to get started. If you are a long time Ham operator and would like to give something back to Amateur Radio, this is a book you really should read.
SETTING UP AN AMATEUR RADIO STATION is a book to help the TECH licensee who just got his/her GENERAL/EXTRA license to set up an HF station. If you are a former TECH who just upgraded, this book can save you a lot of time and answer a lot of questions! This book is selling in the UK, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada as well as the U.S.
QRP, AMATEUR RADIO'S LOW COST OPTION is a book to introduce the Radio Amateur to the world of low power operations. If you think QRP is a 'fringe' operation, you need to read this little book and find out why so many Hams are moving to QRP for fun AND to save money. Why have one rig when you can have two or three?
These inexpensive little books are now available as Kindle books for the reader platform of your choice. For more book choices, visit the BOOKSHELF page. I hope you find something of interest!
AMATEUR RADIO IS ALIVE AND WELL!
As of 26 November 2013, there are 771,262 current Amateur licensees in the U.S. and its Territories:
14,626 Novices* 377,728 Technicians 172,936 Generals
57,198 Advanced* 136,781 Extras 11,992 Club Stations
* (The Novice, Tech Plus, and Advanced licenses are no longer issued, but may be retained and renewed if an operator had one before they were eliminated.)
(Info courtesy of www.hamdata.com/fccinfo.html)
According to the information obtainable (SEPT 2013), the majority of amateur radio operators worldwide reside in Japan (1.3 million+), the U.S. (769,000+), Thailand (247,000+), South Korea (141,000), Germany (81,000+), U.K. (76,000+), Canada (69,000+), China (68,000+), Spain (30,000+), and Australia (15,000+). The top five countries having Amateur Radio Operators by percentage of the population are Japan, Slovenia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand. Only Yemen and North Korea prohibit their citizens from becoming amateur radio operators.
(U.S. info courtesy FCC and ah0a.org/FCC/index.html)
Last Website Review/Update: 12 DEC 2013
I try to update and/or review this site regularly, to provide items of interest to you.
Till next time...
This site is always under construction... right after I have another cup of coffee....