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Station Information for NK7Z


NK7Z Equipment used


Station information for NK7Z can be found below.

 Operating Position:

Station imageNK7Z 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 FlowSignal Flow:

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.




Station imageThe Ham Shack:

Amp and tuner are on left, 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.




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.





Elecraft KPA-500

Elecraft KPA-500

Elecraft KPA-500:

This is without a doubt the best amp I have ever used…  Instant band switching, follows the rig, and between this and the K3, it feels like a 500 watt transceiver..





LoTW verified contacts:

LoTW verified contacts

LoTW verified contacts

Full List of Equipment



Antenna Control Equipment:





  • Black Box, home brew eight core Pentium, 3 GHz.
    • 32 GB RAM
    • Linux, Ubuntu
  • Dell single core 3 GHz.
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Windows 10, dual booted to Debian Linux
  • Raspberry Pi
    • In house DX Cluster/NTP Server #1
Modes Used:
  • RTTY
  • BPSK (All versions)
  • JT-9
  • JT-65
  • FT-8
  • CW
  • SSB
  • SSTV
  • FM
  • Packet
  • MT63 (1K/2K) (MARS work)
  • All FT modes
  • Winlink


ARRL LoTW, eQSL, and buero


Awards/Certification/other Licenses:

ARRL Awards:

ARRL 8 Band DXCC Award #9,795

ARRL DXCC Award #41,824

ARRL DXCC Award Phone



ARRL DXCC Challenge

ARRL 5BWAS #3,157


ARRL WAS Mixed #52,157

ARRL Triple Play Award  Award # 1,020

CQ Awards:

CQ WPX Mixed #2272

CQ WPX Digital #105

CQ WAZ #9,416

Other Awards:


DARC Europa Diplom #3097

Oregon Emergency Net #1294

10-10 #15419

Licenses Held:

FCC First Class Radiotelephone

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

Amateur Extra