Episode 065 - Kirk Pickering - K4RO
From the hills of Tennessee, Kirk Pickering, K4RO, operates a SO2R, single operator 2 radio, contest station and makes over ten-thousand contacts a year. Using Beverage antennas, Kirk is able to operate 160 meters, the “top band”, as solar cycle band conditions fade. Kirk is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.
Radio Shack science fair kits
WWV Fort Collins
First Receiver: Heathkit GR-81 General Coverage, gift from Forest Hailey
Discovered on 80 meters during SWL years: Ed Boltan, WA3PUN
Westinghouse Research in Pittsburg PA class
First License: Novice, WB3FAX, December 1976, age 14 years
Heathkit HW7 QRP Transceiver
Rig Upgrade: Heathkit HW-101
First Contact: WA1ZXJ, Evelyn Petitti, on January 19, 1977
Book - From 5 Watts To 1,000 Watts; A Programmed Course To Take You From CB To HAM Radio; Theory Test Question-Learn Code Quickly And Easily, Edited By Radio Shack's Staff Of HAM Radio Operators
SO2R Station advice: Start with a second receiver.
Unix System 5
The Well - early Internet bulleton board
How to prepare for low Sunspot cycle.
The Flow State - a state of concentration and rhythm good for contesting
K4RO contesting tricks for beginners:
Favorite Mode during contests: CW
The secret of successful operation on the Top Band or 160 meters:
Beverage Antenna - full wave horizontal wire receiving antenna
National Contest Journal, published by the ARRL. Who is the audience for the NCJ and what is its greatest asset for the reader?
Spurious Emissions -
Dayton Hamvention musical performance group consisting of:
KX9X, N0AX, K4RO, W4PA
Ground control to climber John
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