Welcome to the K4KPT Amateur Radio Page

Thank you for stopping by.  No fluff or negative
stuff, just Amateur Radio.


Quick Biography
Had a long background in AM/FM and Internet broadcasting and BCB/SWL'ing before becoming an amateur radio operator.  Cannot even imagine how many hours I spent listening on that Kenwood R-5000 over 26 years and logging 2,800+ SW broadcast stations.  Operated an Internet radio station for a while, 2001-2007.

Amateur radio is just my latest adventure in a lifetime of radio, starting with that crystal set as a 10 year old.  Interests / hobbies: Amateur radio, astronomy, astrophysics, broadcasting, buying and selling on Craigslist, car shows, cinematography, computers, cycling, home theater, live music venues, movie collecting and critique, music, music production, FOSS operating systems and software, photography, scientific discussion, travel, vintage aircraft (DC-3, B-17) and volunteer work.

Now have a dedicated radio room with a view to the left of the hills on the other side of the Holston River Valley and the back yard on the right.  When the air has extreme clarity, I can see over to the mountains in the Cherokee National Forest.

Operations
Resumed regular operations on the air in beautiful Kingsport, TN. - new station pictures.  Dropped the 5 area call and picked up a 4 area call that reflects the city I have come to embrace as home.
K4KPT = C(K)alling 4 KingsPorT.

QTH is 1,500 feet ASL on the side of a 1,600+ foot hill overlooking the Holston River Valley.  Situated in a small community (Bloomingdale-Harmony Hills) on the outskirts of Kingsport with the Clinch Mountain range behind me on the Virginia side of the state line.

Left Houston, TX in late June, 2017 to search for a new home in the East TN, VA area and ended up buying here in Kingsport.  I could go on and on about what a nice place Kingsport is to live, smiling faces, Fun Fest, wonderful downtown, moderate climate, beautiful views, bike friendly, easy to shop and get around, etc., but then too many people might move here and spoil it.  Here is some information about Kingsport that probably explains it better that I ever could about choosing Kingsport as a place to live.
Kingsport spirit shines brightly as city turns 100.  Click to read the newspaper article.
Kingsport Spirit.  Click to view the video.
The Best of Kingsport, TN.  Click to view the video.

Equipment and Antennas
Station layout has been slimmed down.  Gone are the big iron radios.  This year, going for something more minimalist.  Here is the transmission chain: Heil PR-781 microphone --> Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary HF rig (audio low cut 200, audio high cut 2700) --> Elecraft KPA500 amplifier --> Elecraft KAT500 antenna tuner --> My Antennas EFHW-8010-2K.  Returned to to Kenwood because I missed the audio receive quality.  TS-590SG seems to have corrected some issues in the "S" and offers some improvements in the receiver and transmit quality.  Spend a great deal more time listening while working or chatting on the net in ##hamradio and ##linuxmint on freenode than conversing.

Main HF antenna is an end fed 80 M half wave (My Antennas EFHW-8010-2K) in a modified inverted-L configuration.  Fed at 22 feet and then up vertically to 55 feet on a fiberglass mast and then sloping over with the end point supported by a 100 foot tree.   Antenna details are featured in the pictures below near the end of the photo gallery.  Pictures show better than can be described.

Dedicated receive antenna is a DX Engineering RF-PRO-1B Active Magnetic Loop Antenna mounted in the back yard for BCB/160 M/80 M/40 M/SWL.  Works extremely well to null out the noise and adds directionality to receive on the lower bands.  Allows reception on the Kenwood TS-590SG down to 60 KHz.

VHF/FM rig is a Kenwood TM281A into a Diamond Antenna CP22E Base Station antenna on a 35 foot Rohn mast.

Opinion and Daily Operating Schedule
Mostly chat in the morning with groups that keep religion and politics out of the discussion and listen to HF most of the rest of the time.  My take on the whole religion/politics thing is it does not fit into the Amateur Radio Operator's Code because it is divisive ... not inviting.  There is plenty of that on AM talk radio to commiserate with.  A true gentleman on the air would not say things to lessen the pleasure of others.  Have had to leave groups who stay on that grind and always looking for ones who can chat about other things.

Why am I no longer on QRZ?
Trolling is never acceptable, whether it is on line or on the air.  I am a strong advocate of the ARPA even though I live on unrestricted property.  It is for the other operators and the future of amateur radio I am thinking about.  I support the ARRL's position.  I quit using QRZ because there were a few anti-ARRL and anti-ARPA trolls were allowed to roam free on there.   The sensible thing would have been after a while that the forum editor would have asked them to tone down that kind of behavior.  Tired of unkind nonsense about the ARRL.  Since when was selling more amateur radio equipment a bad thing?

Two things come to mind ...

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." - Edward R. Murrow

"Whenever the human race assembles to a number exceeding four, it cannot stand free speech." - Mark Twain

Please ask on the air if you will be requesting a QSL card.  Special commemorative cards are printed double sided one at a time on card stock and cut to size on a paper cutter.
Try to keep the following net / group schedules depending on band conditions, etc.:

 3.838 MHz at  6:30 AM EST - Breakfast Hot Line Net (if up early enough)
 3.610 MHz at  7:00 AM EST - 3610 Friendly Extra Class Club
 7.153 MHz at  8:00 AM EST - Treasure Coasters (daily)
 7.197 MHz at  8:00 AM EST - North CARS (daily)
 7.203 MHz at  9:00 AM EST - Memphis Area Round table (daily)
 7.218 MHz at  9:00 AM EST - Regional Chat (when condx on 7.203 are poor)
 7.255 MHz at 10:00 AM EST - East CARS (daily)
 7.258 MHz at 10:30 AM EST - Mid CARS (daily)
14.321 MHz at 10:30 AM EST - Over the Hill Gang (conditions permitting)
14.300 MHz                 - Maritime Mobile Service Net
14.332 MHz                 - YL System during the day
 7.233 MHz at  7:00 PM EST - Snowbirds Net
 7.208 MHz at  8:00 PM EST - 7208 Chat Group
28.360 MHz at  8:00 PM EST - Texas Ragchew Net (When 10 M is open)
 3.705 MHz at  8:00 PM EST - 7208 Chat Group (Winter time mostly)
 3.816 MHz at  9:00 PM EST
 3.908 MHz at 10:00 PM EST - High Fivers and SETAC. (Sun, Tue, Thur)
 7.156 MHz at 10:30 PM EST - DX Group
 3.916 MHz at 11:00 PM EST - The Freewheelers Net (if up late)
Always monitoring the 2 M simplex calling frequency and repeaters for some interesting conversation.

Photo Gallery


Kingsport 100 Years, Celebrating the Kingsport Spirit.
City of Kingsport, TN Seal.
Kingsport 100 Years, Celebrating the Kingsport Spirit. City of Kingsport, TN Seal.

The OP chillaxing at Hibbert-Davis Urban Brews in Downtown Kingsport.
The OP chillaxing at Hibbert-Davis Urban Brews in Downtown Kingsport.

Current station setup. All Kenwood now.
Current station setup. All Kenwood now.

Old station layout "Serenity One" pictured in the Kingsport, TN QTH with the Ten-Tec Omni VII.
Old station layout "Serenity One" pictured in the Kingsport, TN QTH with the Ten-Tec Omni VII.

The front office, "Linux Work Area", in the Kingsport QTH very relaxing actually.
The front office, "Linux Work Area", in the Kingsport QTH very relaxing actually.

Antenna deployment into a 100 ft tall tree at the new QTH in Kingsport, TN.
Antenna deployment into a 100 ft tall tree by using a drone at the new QTH in Kingsport, TN.  There is a rope attached at the end to raise and lower the wire, adjust the slack.

HF antenna showing the crank up base.
Latest antenna project completed.  Showing the crank up base.

Shows the location of the feed-point at the top of the 22 foot aluminum section of the mast.
Latest antenna project completed.  Shows the location of the feed-point at the top of the 22 foot aluminum section of the mast.  Aluminum mast actually functions as a stub counterpoise as well as providing the strength to support the fiberglass section.

HF antenna full scale. At the top of the 33 foot section of the fiberglass mast, the wire going over to the 100 foot tree was enhanced for visibility.
HF antenna full scale.  At the top of the 33 foot section of the fiberglass mast, the wire going over to the 100 foot tree was enhanced for visibility.

Snow the size of corn flakes on 03/08/2018 here in Kingsport, TN. Ambient air temperature was 36 F.
Snow the size of corn flakes on 03/08/2018 here in Kingsport, TN. Ambient air temperature was 36 F.

Tiger, the radio room cat.
Meet Tiger, the radio room cat.

Picture of a B-17 color corrected to resemble Kodachrome.
Picture I took of a B-17 color corrected to resemble Kodachrome.  One of the few things I miss about Houston, living near Hooks Airport and the fly over of the B-17.  Hearing the sound of that plane and would run outside to see it.

KBTL Bumper Sticker.  KBTL 920 AM Radio, Houston, 1983.
KBTL Bumper Sticker.  KBTL 920 AM Radio, Houston, 1983.

Special issue Kingsport commemorative QSL card.
Special issue Kingsport commemorative QSL card.


End.  Hope you enjoyed.  I can be contacted by; e-mail: signal17@gmail.com or telephone at (713) 977-5775.

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