Amateur Radio Station

Penrose Colorado
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Life member: ARRL, RSO and others
Member: Royal Gorge Amateur Radio Club, Canyon City Colorado
Past member of many Ham radio clubs across the USA and around the world, including the JARL while stationed in Japan.
I've held every elected and appointed office in many of these clubs, including the office of President of the Radio Society of Okinawa (RSO) several times during the six years I was stationed there. I'm also the founding President of several Amateur Radio (HAM) clubs in the United States.

10-X # 39658
EPC # 16305

Please QSL via My card is "Authenticity Guaranteed"
(AG), which means they have a copy of my HAM license on file.

October 2019

We moved a few miles North of Penrose Colorado in the middle of April 2019 to build our new 80 acre cattle ranch, which is now under expansion construction. The ranch shall consist of cattle, fruit orchard and Honey Bee Apiary. There's lots of work to do clearing the pastures of invasive species, weeds and scrub brush, seeding, building the Ag building, corrals, fence and many other things before the construction is completed. This is very time consuming, especially since I'm doing a lot of the work by myself. Anyone want to help?

We're finally in the house and the shack is partially operational. I was able to install a 40 foot fiberglass push-up mast and Tennadyne broadband folded dipole for 160-10 meters. Until I can get the towers and the rest of the antennas installed, I'm operating on 2 m and 70 cm with a temporary mag-mount dual band mobile antenna on a two drawer file cabinet in the shack. One problem with the HF dipole antenna, it's in a temporary location and will be moved once again. Check out my Rebel Ranch web site for information on the cattle ranch. I'll update both this and the ranch web site as things change.

NK7W, North of Penrose CO.

I'm either active, or I've been active in the following radio activities and modes:

  • ARRL and W5YI Volunteer Examiner.
  • ARRL Official Observer (while living in several different states), until the program ended.
  • ARRL North Dakota Official Observer Coordinator, until the program ended.
  • HF 160 - 6 meters: CW, AM, SSB and FM. Fixed, Mobile and Portable.
  • Various digital modes on 160 - 6 meters and sometimes on VHF and above.
  • 2 m, 70 cm and 23 cm: AM, SSB, FM simplex and repeaters.
  • 33 cm FM simplex and repeaters.
  • HAM satellites: FM and SSB.
  • APRS. I turn my APRS on from time to time, but not as much as I used to.
  • Fox hunting (hidden transmitters).
  • U.S.A.F. Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS)
  • On 11 January 2020, I've been in MARS for 46 years!

    AF MARS Billets:

    AF MARS 8th Communications Wing Commander, 2016 - 2020 (renamed from Region 8 MARS Director due to AF MARS restructuring)
    83rd Communications Group Commander, 2016 - 2020 (Renamed from State MARS Director due to AF MARS restructuring)

    Military Support Network Manager, 2011 - 2019 (name changed from Mission Support Network).

    Northwest Division Deputy MARS Director, 2014 - 2015.

    The NW Division consisted of two AF MARS Regions: 8 and 10.
    Due to AF MARS restructuring in 2015, the Divisions were deleted, but the Regions remain unchanged.

    Southwest Division - Region 9 HF Voice Network Manager and Public Information Officer
    March AFB Installation MARS Director (IMD)

    Webmaster and web host for this web site and many others.

  • SHARES DHS Auxiliary - SHAred RESources Net Control Station. SHARES is a high frequency (HF) program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC), allowing certain agencies access to various government radio frequencies and networks. This allows them to pass traffic during times of emergency and when other means of communications are down, or unavailable.
  • HAM and MARS ALE (Automatic Link Establishment).
  • PropNet. You can sometimes find me on PSK-31 on 10/17/30 meters as a PropNET automatically controlled digital station (my station is only operational when I'm in the shack). That means that I'm transmitting 4-6 times per hour and listening for other PropNET stations, but will respond to a QSO request if I'm not doing something else in the shack. We are doing propagation studies. Go to for additional information, or to join.
  • WSPRnet (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter network) running 5 watts, or less. Visit their web site for additional information, or to join. WSPR is featured in the November 2010 issue of QST.
  • SkyWarn

  • NK7W Amateur Radio, MARS and SHARES Station
    while living in Nevada. Photo Copyright © JD Weiss, NK7W

    Rigs: Other equipment:
  • Kenwood TS-480SAT. All modes 100watts 160-6 meters.
    Not in photo

  • Kenwood TS-2000X. All modes 100 watts 160-6 meters. All modes 100 watts on 2 meters. All modes 50 watts on 70 cm and all modes 10 watts on 1.2Ghz. Photo bottom center

  • Yaesu FT-1000mp MK 5. All modes 200 watts 160-10 meters. Photo bottom left

  • Tempo 2020 100 watts CW, AM and SSB 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters [Pre-WARC]. Photo top left

  • Yaesu FT-8900 mobile 50 watts FM on 10, 6 and 2 meters. 35 watts on 70 cm

  • RM Italy BLA 1000 amplifier. 1 KW output 160-10 meters and 6 meters.

  • Heathkit SB-220 amplifier. 2 KW (1,500 watts PEP) 80-10 meters. Photo top center left (black face)

  • Heathkit SB-200 amplifier. 1,200 watts (input per the owners manual. 400 - 800 watts out depending on frequency) on 80-10 meters. Photo top center right (green face)

  • Additional radios not listed here.
  • MFJ legal limit automatic and manual antenna tuners

  • Dell Optiplex 760 Dual CPU 2.80 GHz desk top.
    Ubuntu Linux (Windows 7 Ultimate stopped booting after a microsoft update for the Specter meltdown in January 2018). I'm completely disgusted with microsoft and plan to replace the windows operating systems on all of my desktop and laptop computers with Linux!

  • Gateway 2.80 GHz Pentium 4 desk top built in 2002.
    Windows XP Professional (Linux shall be installed when XP quits working)

  • Signalink USB digital interface (three - one not in photo).

  • AEA PK-232 digital interface (two, not in Photo)

  • Timewave Navigator digital interface (not in photo)

  • Fldigi software for digital modes.

  • MIL-STD digital mode software (MARS and SHARES)

  • HAM and MARS ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) software.

  • Phone patch

  • Uniden SDS200 scanner (25 Mhz to 1300 Mhz)

  • Additional stuff and junk normally found in HAM shacks
  • This web site shall be updated as things change.

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