About ham radio station ZL4KF


ZL4KF amateur radio shack May 2021.

We’ve only recently moved from the Dunedin area to Westport (Location) so I’m still only beginning to get the antennas etc. all sorted. In the “shack” the ham radio equipment consists of a Yaesu FT2000D (new in August 2009) along with the  FT2000 speaker and a Heil Pro-Set Plus headset. There is also a Heil HM10 boom mike. Missing is an elderly Heathkit SB220 linear amplifier but we hope to get an amplifier up and running again soon. There is also an MFJ 989D antenna tuner. Normally I use the Heil HM10 boom mic switched to the HC5 cartridge.

The computer is home-brew from 2006 running on Windows 7. I mainly use Ham Radio Deluxe software and a number of other programs, for instance HamCap, VOACap Online, WSJT-X for example.

The present main antenna is a dipole up about 25 feet (9m) supported on a carbon fibre telescopic pole attached to a garden fence. Each side of the dipole is made using 16 AWG (1.29mm) insulated wire about 45 feet (14m) long, fed with approximately 50 feet (15m) of 300 ohm TV ribbon and tuned with the Ameritron tuner. It works on all bands 160m through to 10m but obviously it’s very much a compromise antenna. It’s very light weight, no guy wires, no metal parts (except for the copper!) and visually not too noticeable, especially with no end insulators, instead just tied off with monofilament fishing line.

In the pipeline is a monoband 20m yagi loosely based on the design of an old friend Les Moxon, G6XN. Details of this will emerge as it all comes together over the next few weeks.