Craig Zeller's Hamshack

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The "Shack"

First licensed as Novice station WV6EKP in 1974, and upgraded to Advanced Class as WA6EKP the following year. Decades of my ham operation were limited to VHF/UHF frequencies due to apartment and townhome living. Since moving back to Tujunga (pron: "Tuhunga") in early 2004, I've managed to get an HF station on the air.

I've recently repaired wind damage to my HF vertical antenna. Next on the agenda is to interface my old Teletype 28ASR to the Dovetron TU and get some old-fashioned 'Green keys', 'deedle-deedle', 'Gears 'n oil' RTTY on the air.

Equipment consists of a Yaesu FT-1000MP 160-10m Transceiver pushing a Yaesu 'Quadra' VL-1000 solid-state Linear Amplifier, as well as a Yaesu FT-897D, and FT-817ND for field and QRP duties. There's also a Yaesu FT-736R All-Mode Transceiver equipped with 50/144/220/440 MHz band modules, MFJ 998 IntelliTuner, Bird 8890 Dummy Load, Dovetron MPC-1000R RTTY Terminal Unit, and a Teletype 28ASR. The microphones include a vintage round-lug Electro-Voice 664 with EV 419 desk stand on the FT-1000MP, and a Shure 407B on the FT-736R.


Antennas include a Butternut HF9V Vertical, roof mounted with their tuned radial kit, a Comet GP-15 vertical on 50/144/440, and a Diamond 220 vertical. Also planned for installation is an Alpha-Delta DX-CC multi-band dipole. The coax entry bulkhead is equipped with Poly-Phaser lightning arrestors. You'll note from the picture that the Butternut HF9V is guyed at two levels with dacron-polyester rope. The QTH is at an altitude of 1900 feet up against the Angeles National Forest, and we get high winds, along with raccoons climbing the antenna from time to time.


While mobile in my SUV, I operate the local 144/440 FM repeaters with a Kenwood TM-D710A. I can generally be found on the KC6JAR Independent Radio Club linked-repeater on 445.340/-/pl:103.5.

Heathkit SB-220 Resurrection Project

Some time ago I managed to bag a near mint condition Heathkit SB-220 Linear Amplifier on EBay. The intention is to update it with the Harbach mods. It's a timeless warhorse that deserves more air-time.

Craig - WA6EKP

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