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KD8NJZ Station

Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:34 pm


My station, which I just got finalized yesterday with the addition of my Daiwa Wattmeter consists of:

Yaesu 857D (found barely used for $100 cheaper than new)
LDG Z-11 Pro II Autotuner
LDG FT Meter
Alinco MV330 Power Supply
Daiwa crossneedle Wattmeter
Tigertronics SignaLink
Bencher Straight Key (borrowed)
21.5" iMac
CocoaModem (for PSK31/other digital modes as I learn them)
Antenna: Cobra Ultralite Sr., in an inverted V at 35', fed by ladderline to a 4:1 balun and in this picture, a homebrew 2 meter copper tubing JPole. (Has since been replaced with a dual band Arrow JPole that the Wood Co. ARES gave me to install, and will use to help with a bit of EmComm.)

Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:44 pm
Nice pictures, Craig.

Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:46 pm
Thank you Curt! :) I'm very thankful to have the gear that I do. Nothing like any amps or fancy audio processing gear, but its gotten me on HF, and I'm enjoying it.

Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:31 am
by k8jd
Is that antenna system good on 80M? Hope to catch you on the air soon.
Find me on 1820, 3550 7055, 7114 or 7120.

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 1:54 pm
Proud to show the latest addition to my station, acquired at Hamvention 2011. I hope to work many SKCC members on this (and my next focus in this hobby WILL be getting better at CW):


Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 7:38 pm
by kb4qqj
Great Choice!! One of the best straight keys available at any price and the one you have is the best of the best. The CJB prefix marks it as a J. H. Bunnell made key. There were several companies that made the flameproof but the Bunnell has a very distinctive feel. I have no doubt you will have many enjoyable QSO's with it. I'll listen out for your call sign. I'm a regular on 7.114 and 7.122.

73 for now,

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:22 pm
Thank you for that note of encouragement Randy! I've read a lot of good things about this key...and it will be a sentimental key for me and one that I'll never get rid of. You may have read elsewhere, but both of my grandfathers served in WWII in the Navy, and one was a signalman. Grandpa Kramer may very well have used one of these on his signal lamp...who knows. (He passed away before I was born.) I will be using this key in honor of him especially.

Thanks for keeping an ear open for my call. I will be sending QRS. 10 wpm max...

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 11:08 pm
by AC2C
Craig - Still looking forward to the first on-air QSO.

I echo Randy's comments re the Navy Flameproof key. I love both of mine. I've also recently acquired the Czech Army key and am quickly growing very fond of it.

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Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 1:31 pm
Thanks Ron!

Well, I had just enough time to hook the wire up to the key and plug it into the rig.

Worked like a charm!


Just had to make a small adjustment on one of the screws so that the key arm didn't travel so far...and then it felt GREAT. I might put a small drop of oil on each side where it pivots and work that in a bit (unless you guys suggest otherwise. And pardon my vocabulary if I'm not getting the terminology quite right yet. I'm still learning.)

I got on 7.114 very briefly last night with about 5 watts just to test it out, and like I worked! :) I will be making a base for it made out of either oak or maple, and varnishing it. I'll also be carving in the names and ranks of both of my Grandpas who served in the Navy during WWII. This will be a very sentimental key. I'll post another picture when I get the base done and get everything all cleaned up.

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 6:54 pm
by AC2C
Sounds good Craig...

I've never found a need to oil any parts of the FP key and would wait to hear from a couple others before doing so.

I has a Navy career myself, 1966-1986, but was not a Radio Operator. I started as an Electronics Technician maintenance-type but ended as a Computer Programmer.

I usually stay logged into the K3UK Sked page whenever I'm in or around the shack.


Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Thanks for the reply Ron. I have not added any oil yet. Someone had suggested it to me at Hamvention...but honestly since testing it out on air the other night, I don't think it'll need it.

I'm thinking that either tomorrow night or sometime Saturday I may put out a CQ SKCC on 7.114 (and will get on the Sked page) to finally work this key out and get in some actual on air practice copying. Nothing more than 10 wpm mind you. ;)

Thanks again. I really appreciate the SKCC and the overall good attitude I've gotten from it. (Though I see there was some sort of leadership shakeup. Not sure what happened and honestly I don't want to know. All I want to do is learn/practice/get better at code. It's more fun when there are operators that love being Elmers to new guys like me.)

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:00 pm
Got a couple more photos you guys might appreciate even more. :)




Navy Flameproof key mounted on a maple base. Stained it with "Gunstock" stain and 2 coats of varnish. Well, polyurethane to be exact.

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:01 pm
Got a couple more photos you guys might appreciate even more. :)




Navy Flameproof key mounted on a maple base. Stained it with "Gunstock" stain and 2 coats of varnish. Well, polyurethane to be exact.

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:56 am
by AC2C
Nice pictures, Craig - It's difficult to get a picture of a whole station and have the front panel display with the right contrast and detail.

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:37 pm
Thanks Ron. The picture where the front panel display is "reflective" wasn't exposed primarily for the rig as much as it was the key. Heh. :)