KB6NN Amateur Radio Website Name: Howard Lang
QTH: Eureka, California
HomeAbout Photos LogContact The photo above shows my latest (as of 2015)
operating position. Note that it is quite similar to the photo on the
home page, but the radios have moved around a bit and a computer now
sits to the left of the operating position. That computer has nothing
to do with ham radio. The laptop under the swing lamp (now closed) runs
the station. Radios and books in the shelves in back, and a tool box on
the desk with the usual stuff in it.
The Vibroplex EK-1 Scotia Key, which was originally developed by
Hamco here in Humboldt County, is no longer being made. It has a Curtis
chip keyer built into the base. Rugged and dependable to this day.
Vibroplex now makes the key without the chip. Nice
Vibroplex Scotia EK-1
The photos below were taken in 2007:
The radio room is in the southwest corner of the house. In the photos
below, note the poor antenna installation, complete with poor
connections, drip loop, squirrel tickler and spark gap terminating
insulator (the north fence). I do not recommend this installation, but
it worked in a pinch, and the wire was nearly invisible (see squirrel
tickler insulator photo below).
If I had panned to the right, you would have
seen the neighbor's satellite dish, mounted on their side the fence and
pointing south toward the sky over our house. The dog barked at
the dish when it first went up. Must have looked like a big round
head. They eventually moved it to the side of their house.
It was not inconspicuous. My ham radio wire was invisible