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Seen Any Bad Links, Missing Photos, Typos, Etc.?

I'm in the process of migrating my old AA5FR.com site to this new site to reflect my new K3RRR.com call sign. As I go through the process, I am also developing several new pages that describe my current antennas and other things of interest such as EMP threats.

If you see any problems with bad links, bad grammar, missing photos, typos, any stupid errors, etc., I would greatly appreciate your reporting those to me so I can fix them ASAP.

Also, any other thoughts, ideas, etc. are also always appreciated!

Just click on my eyeballs below!

73 de Robert

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You can email me by clicking on my eyeball contacts (yep, really my eyes.)

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Welcome to Kilowatt Three Triple R – K3RRR

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The K3RRR Anomaly – Where the Laws of Physics Cease to Play Nice

Having been a ham since I was 12 – over half a century ago, I have seen a lot of changes. Having been inactive for a dozen years, I got active again about five years ago and have been rediscovering the joys and many changes to the hobby.

(Whadda MEAN Extras no longer have to take that horrific, complex written test and pass 20 WPM any more???)

I went inactive when I sold the big house and started with high rise condo living. That part remained true until a couple of months ago when we moved from our beachfront condo on Sand Key Island near Clearwater Beach, Florida to our current home in Potomac, Maryland – 15 miles from the White House and the United States Congress.

We are also only 8 miles from Great Falls National Park which is where I took the above picture that I use for my banner. 

Now, for the first time in more than 20 years, we are in a single family home with a backyard that is K3RRR USA Capital QSL Cardadjacent to a city park with lots of trees.

While I still have some HOA issues and limitations, I can still erect wire antennas along with having a ground mounted MFJ 1786 magnetic Loop antenna. Lately, my focus has been on end fed wire antennas using a 9:1 unun.  

Currently, my primary radiator is an end fed wire antenna that is 175 feet long at a height of about 60 feet that has less than a 2 to 1 SWR on all HF ham bands without using a tuner. More about that later.

New Call Sign – K3RRR – Kilowatt Three Triple R

For the first time in over 25 years, I’ve new call sign: K3RRR – instead of AA5FR.

Kilowatt Three Triple R is for Robert Robert Robert, or Radio Ready Robert or Roger Roger Roger, or…Well, you get the idea.

The Equipment

At this stage in my life, I approach many things, including my renewed interest in ham radio, with a minimalist philosophy…where less is more. Things have changed from the wall of equipment I used to have.

Now the radio equipment include a Yaesu FT-897D 160M – 70 CM 100 Watt All Mode Transceiver that is the size of an abridged dictionary and a Yaesu FT-857D 160M – 70 CM 100 Watt All Mode Transceiver that is smaller than a Tom Clancy large format paper back novel.

Both rigs  are dwarfed by the two computers and the two 32″ LED screens that flank the middle 40″  Samsung computer monitor (all three monitors are 1080p HDTVs) on the conference table that I use as my desk (I need all of this for my businesses). The 40″ Samsung makes such a great monitor that so greatly enhances my work productivity that I rarely use it to watch TV…instead, I use Media Center windows on the two side computer screens to watch TV (mostly tuned to CNBC and CNN during the day.) I run the two computers in dual screen mode which successfully adds to my information overload!

Here’s a list of my very modest station with links to pages with more information about many of the items (coming soon!):

  • Home Station: Yaesu FT-897D always running barefoot between 5 watts and 100 watts. Yaesu MD-100A8X desk microphone.

  • Antennas on HF: End Fed 160M – 6M -175′ stealth wire in the trees @ about 70′ / MFJ-1786 Magnetic Loop at 8′ vertically mounted.

  • Antennas on VHF / UHF: Arrow J Pole / Dual Band Slim Jim / All attic mounted.

  • Antennas for SDR: End Fed 160M – 6M -123′ stealth wire in the trees @ about 60′ / Diamond D-130J discone antenna – attic mounted.

  • Antenna for Satellite: Handheld Elk 2M/440L5 Dual-band Log Periodic antenna (used with BaoFeng UV-5R)

  • Mobile Station: Yaesu FT-857D with ATAS 120A HF antenna / Diamond CR320A triband for 2 meter, 220 MHz and 440 MHz mobile antenna.

  • HT: Kenwood TH-F6A triband handheld transmits in the 144, 220 and 440 amateur bands / BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band

  • Other: LDG Z-11 Pro Autotuner / MFJ 1026 Noise Canceler / Two SignaLink USB interfaces for multiple digital activity and the amazing Joplin Amateur Radio Club Antenna Launcher.

  • SDRs: Two NooElec RTL2832U USB Sticks – One for 50 MHz – 1,800 MHz / The other for HF with the NooElec Ham It Up v1.2 – RF Upconverter – both using above antennas.

  • Computers: HP Eight Core i7 950 @ 3.07GHz / 24 GB RAM — HP Four Core i7 Q9450 @ 2.66GHz / 8 GB RAM — Triple monitors: Main 40″ Samsung HDTV with dual 32″ Sceptre HDTV all running 1080p @ 1920×1080 – Apple iPad 4.

  • Software: Windows 7 / Ham Radio Deluxe 5.24 / Digital Master 780 / HRD Logbook / HDR Sat Tracking / JT65-HF with JTAlert RTL Sharp for SDR / AGWTracker / UZ7HO Soundmodem Software Packet-Radio TNC, etc. etc. etc.

My primary activities are all things digital…though you never know….you may hear me even using a microphone or key from time to time!

When I had the TH7DX and tower and that wall of equipment back at the big house, I KNEW that I could contact just about anyone I heard. Now that the entire RF portion of my shack occupies little more than one cubic foot, I am learning the pleasures of NOT knowing I can contact just anyone.

With low power, if not QRP, and stealth antennae, the challenge and the enjoyment of the challenge are back!

My Other Sites and More About Me

Besides playing with ham radio again, I have several other interests:

  • I spend most of my time helping start startup companies and keep them started as Ceo and Chief ImpleMentor for Ceo Resource LLC – I love what I do: Working with highly creative entrepreneurs, startup ventures and emerging companies – so together we can slay the multitude of dragons that try to block the path to their success. To date, Ceo Resource has already helped, on a one to one basis, many thousands of diverse companies and their CEOs in 49 of the 50 states, nearly four dozen countries on six of the seven continents, with their start up company business planning, fundraising and plan implementation. Check out www.Chiefi.com if you need help starting or growing your own company. (Special MAJOR discount for my FIRST client based in Antarctica or South Dakota!)
  • I’ve written six books that are carried by Amazon… Five of which are Amazon bestsellers! There is information in the sidebars about many of these books.

The K3RRR “Shack-N-Bag” TM

The K3RRR “Shack-N-Bag” TM is my packaging approach to turn the FT-857 into something that is at least as portable as my old FT-817ND. It combines the following into an easy to grab and go 16 lb. package.

For details and photos, click Shack-N-Bag TM

73 / 72,

K3RRR

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2 comments to Welcome to Kilowatt Three Triple R – K3RRR

  • Dae Edens

    Hi…….I am looking to purchase a Timewave DSP-599zx or equilavent noise reduction unit for ham radio use. I use a Kenwood TS-520S as well as a TS-850SAT. Thanks!

    Dave

    • Robert

      Hi Dave,

      I sold my Timewave DSP-599zx and also sold my ANC-4. The DSP never did much for me with my particular noise problems at our mountain home. The ANC-4 had done a great job at all other locations but for whatever reason, again, not here in the mountains. I ended up replacing both with the MFJ 1026 which does a GREAT job here.

      I had to admit to a negative bias against MFJ for the past couple of decades – and would usually only use them as a last resort. But I’ve made two recent additions to the set up here – the MFJ 1026 and also the MFJ 1786 magnetic loop antenna – both of which are serving me very well. I will be publishing a page soon on my review of the MFJ-1786 so stay tuned for that.

      I got everything discussed here, the DSP, the ANC-4, the 1026 and the loop antenna off of eBay and was pleased with my purchases in all instances. I would recommend you look there for either the 1026 or the ANC-4. If it doesn’t solve your problem, you can probably easily resell it back on eBay and try a different solution.

      73, Robert

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