Spot Light on a Amateur Radio Operator
This week we spotlight Jeremy J. Storm AH6V.
~ Welcome to my page ~.
QSL via eQSL or direct S.A.S.E. only.
Ninole (nee-no-lay) is one of many retired sugar plantation towns along the north east coast of Hawaii Island.
AH6V is inland 4.3km. and 545m. above sea level. This rain forest is best known for birds, bugs, fungi, wild hogs, rain and oh yes mosquitos. The temperature here is always between 12c and 32c.
~ 100% POWER FROM THE SUN. ~
AH6V is lost somewhere in a horse pasture where power line noise can’t be heard on any band.
“SugarBuns” inspecting the ground radial system. The radio room is a retired Boom Box Mobile Broadcast Studio (man cave) performing it’s very last “remote”.
First licensed as novice 1963 KN7WTO, then general 1964 K7WTO (Arizona). I became Hawaii resident in 1969 with new callsign KH6HOZ in 1970 then upgraded to Extra in 1977 and issued AH6V.
Fifty five plus years on the air.
A fraction of cards collected over many decades.
K4KIO hexbeam on 55g. This tower also supports the ends of two 26m doublets. One doublet halyard can be seen here. The doublets are standing off from tower about 13m and outside this image. Both doublets are 23 m above ground. One is oriented north/south and the other east/west. They are electrically identical so once the Johnson Matchbox is set they can be switched instantly using an open frame latching relay with no change in loading. This allows quick selection of best signal and they can be used from 80 through 10 meter bands.
Both doublets use the same length of TrueLadderline, this one is oriented N/S.
This horse was rescued by airlift to another ranch.
Rig: Nothing fancy, TS-480 with Metron MA-1000B for extra kick and for QRP fun I use a KX-1 at the beach or in the forest. Also 1/2 watt using a RockMite on 14060. Listen very carefully.
I placed a 13 m. fiberglass mast on top of a 7m. steel pipe. This pipe is clamped to a nearly buried C band dish pedestal and makes a dandy tilt over base. A 2.5 mm stranded copper wire runs from tip to base and an excellent match is found at 3.8mhz. direct connection. I have 12 radials out on this wet forest floor.
~ Fog scatter while testing the 100mw 450nm transmitter. ~
~ “Pouncer” and “Itibiti” are best of friends ~
Q S L info
Since I don’t care to chase DX or awards and this place is wallpapered with cards already plus the 6 Kg of cards in a box, contact confirmation is not desired. I will ONLY provided my card via your S.A.S.E. expect at least a two week delay. I DO NOT honor IRCs, bureau cards or LOTW although I do use eQSL.CC as my fog log. You may use direct mail while I still have a few cards left.
Or you can save the SASE and print this. I trust you.
Stations tuning on me or calling before I have finished with a QSO may be placed on my special list for ONE MONTH. Don’t ever let this happen !
~ “Sweetfist” ~ A bug is the best instument for making morse music. This vertical bug is very smooth and quiet. It is made by Vizkey and a real delight after years using the old WW2 rattle trap Lionel J-36.
Not all hams are equal, some know Morse code
~ Ay no laugh Its paid for. ~
Commercial power is over 1 km away so we are living way off grid.
Power for the station is from a collection of various solar panels making about 240 watts in peak sun. Two T-105 golf cart batteries (approx. 2kwh hr. total capacity) store the energy and charging is controlled by Xantrex C-35. This system provides more operating power than I can use with this equipment. I have never had to curtail operations due to lack of power. Solar panel output is quite useful on cloudy days. Rig runs directly from the battery. VERY quiet….
The domestic power is 24v based energy storage using a 1.35 kilowatt solar set charging another 4 golf cart batteries through an Outback MX60 charge controller. A 2.5kw Trace inverter converts 24 volts DC to 120vac 60hz. This system is isolated from the shack and has a separate grounding system to stop noise. Main domestic load is refrigerator-freezer, kitchen appliances water pumps and laundry. We cook using propane. Wx is too mild for heating or cooling at this QTH. Hot water via solar heater or propane tankless heater. On dark stormy winter days we use the hot tub to soak in.
Free water (its a rain forest), nearly free electricity, exception being battery change out every 4 years costing $720 USD.
~ Nearby swimming hole ~
Passing to our future generations a degraded environment must be the gravest of sins.
“Ginger” our part dingo hog chaser.
“It is VAIN to do with more what can be done with less.” William of Occham 1287-1347
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that brings happiness.
Navy veteran 1965 to 1969 three Westpac, CV-12 Hornet, Avionics tech.
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Retired after 38 yrs. as AM-FM radio “Chief Engineer” practicing on Maui from 1969 to 1989 then Big Island from 1989 to 2007. While the air talent, sales, management, and owners passed through, I stayed on because I’m an “Old Tube Guy” and these were old vacuum tube type transmitters spread out all over the islands. I made house calls.
In days of old when ops were bold, And sideband not invented.
Words were passed by pounding brass, And all were quite contented.
“Sadie” our Chief of Security.
About 700+ homes have been destroyed mostly at the south east end where lava enters the ocean.
The geothermal power plant was surrounded by lava and three production wells were covered but the plant will eventually be restarted. It provided 38mw or about 25% of the commercial power for this island.
Madam Pele is sleeping.
~ Extreme finger burner. ~
~ Road kill ~
You can check out Jeremy’s QRZ Page at: https://www.qrz.com/db/AH6V