Amateur and Shortwave Radio

Paul Lannuier

West, Texas • McLennan County
EM11kt • 31.80°N • 97.09°W
Email: ww2pt@arrl.net
Latest News: THE WW2PT BLOG
HomeStation Info QRZ.comeHam.net
My Radio Pages
• The WW2PT Blog
• Current Equipment
• Shortwave Broadcasters Guide
• NRD-505: An Overview
• NRD-535: Notes & Musings • Books for Radio Hobbyists

Shortwave Listening
• ClandestineRadio.com
• Dxing.com
• DXing.info
• Hard Core DX
• Internatilnal Listening Guide
• N9EWO's Receiver Page
• NASWA
• Prime Time Shortwave Schedules
• Radio HF Newsletter
• RadioIntel
• SPEEDX
• TRS Consultants
• Worldwide Utility News (WUN)

International Broadcasters
• ABC Radio Australia
• BBC World Service
• Deutsche Welle
• HCJB World Radio
• Kol Israel
• Radio Canada International
• Radio Exterior de Espana
• Radio Japan
• Radio Nederland
• Radio New Zealand Int.
• Radio Prague
• Radio Sweden
• Voice of America
• Voice of Russia

Scanning
• BergenScanner.com
• Jim Robbins NJ Scanner Links
• Northwest NJ Scanning
• Sussex County Frequencies

Mediumwave
• AMANDX
• Bruce's AM Log
• National Radio Club (NRC)
• Radio Daily News
• US/Canada MW Station Lookup

Propagation
• ARRLWeb: Propagation
• NW7US Propagation Report
• QST Propagation Charts
• Solar Terrestrial Dispatch
• SpaceWeather.com

Amateur Radio
• AC6V's History of Amateur Radio
• Amateur Call Prefixes (AC6V)
• AMSAT
• ARRL
• ARRL Logbook Of The World
• ArtSci Repeater Database
• Collins Collectors Assoc.
• CQ Magazine
• EB5AGV's JST-245 Page
• eHam
• eHam Callbook Search
• FindU.com APRS Database
• FISTS
• Ham Atlas (SP6NVK)
• Ham Search (By Zip Code)
• HF Band Plans
• JRC Users (QRZ Search)
• Mac Ham Radio
• NU9N Hi-Fi SSB
• QRZ.com
• QRZ.com Callsign Database
• QSL.net Log Search
• QTH.net
• Radio Portal
• RSGB
• The Icom Page (AB4OJ)
• W1AW Code Practice

Contesting & DX
• ABC's of DX (W5FKX)
• Announced DX Ops (NG3K)
• Big Guns
• Contest Calendar (WA7BNM)
• Contest Stations (VA3RJ)
• Contesting.com
• Contesting.info
• CQ WPX Contest
• CQWW DX Contest
• DX Window (DXers.info)
• DX Zone
• K9JY
• Mac OS X Contest Logging
• MicroHAM
• NCJ National Contest Journal
• NJ DX Association
• NJDXA DX Tips
• OK1RR DX & Contesting Page
• SD Contest Software by EI5DI
• SO2R (W4AN)
• SO2R Contesting (K2UA)
• SO2R Contesting (N6TR)
• SO2R Resources (K8ND)
• The 247 DX Group
• The DX Notebook
• Tips for CW Contesting (KH2D)

IOTA
• IOTA DX Cluster Spots (OH2AQ)
• IslandRadio.org
• Islands On The Air (IOTA)
• Islands on the Web
• OceanDots

Local Groups
• 10-70 Repeater Assoc.
• BARA
• Major Armstrong Memorial ARC
• Morris County ARES
• Mt. Beacon ARC
• N2CKH 6m Repeater
• Northeast Connect
• Northern NJ ARES
• Ramapo Mtn. ARC RMARC
• Rockland Repeater Assoc.
• SCARC
• Splitrock ARA
• Sussex County ARES
• Sussex County SKYWARN
• WECA

QRP
• Adventure Radio Society
• American QRP Club
• Building the KX1 (KC5WA)
• Eastern PA QRP Club
• Elecraft
• G4ILO Radio Topics
• KA7OEI's FT-817 Page
• KX1 Improvements (AE5X)
• New England QRP Club
• NJ QRP Club
• NorCal QRP Club
• North American QRP CW Club
• Outbacker Joey Antenna
• Polar Bears QRP Club
• QRP Community (K8ZT)
• QRP World
• QRP-ARCI
• QRP-L Archive
• Small Wonder Labs
• W4RT Electronics
• Yahoo! Groups: Elecraft
• Yahoo! Groups: HF Pack
• Yahoo! Groups: Yaesu FT-817

Blogs & Podcasts
• AE5X
• G7VJR
• HB9DDS
• KE9V: Long Delayed Echoes
• MM0NDX DX World
• RF Geeks
• SolderSmoke
• VK4VCC
• W2LJ
• W4PA

Digital Modes
• PSK31 Info
• RDCP/Mac TNC Software for OS X
• TAPR
• WB8NUT Digital Modes Info

Design & Tech
• AC6V Homebrew Reference Page
• AC6V Tech Reference Page
• All About Circuits
• K0JD's Homebrew Site
• Naval EE Training Series
• RF Cafe
• ROSE-80 QRP Transceiver
• Using an Oscilloscope
• VK2TIP Electronics Tutorials

Manufacturers
• Alinco
• Alpha Power
• Ameritron
• Comet Antennas
• Diamond Antennas / RF Parts
• DX Engineering
• Elecraft
• GAP Antennas
• High Sierra Antennas
• Icom
• Japan Radio Company
• Kenwood
• Kiwa Electronics
• MFJ Enterprises
• MicroHAM
• New Comm. Solutions (NCS)
• R.L. Drake
• RF Tech Engineering
• Sherwood Engineering
• SteppIR Antennas
• Ten-Tec
• Uniden
• W2IHY Technologies
• West Mountain Radio
• Yaesu

Retailers
• Amateur Electronic Supply
• Grove Enterprises
• Ham Radio Outlet
• Lowe Electronics
• Mouser Electronics
• PowerWerx
• Universal Radio

WW2PT Info
13-August-2013: Now living in the town of West, TX, which unfortunately has been in the news of late after a fertilizer plant explosion took out half the town. Thankfully we were uninjured and suffered no damages, but many others were not as fortunate. Please help my neighbors if you can: West, TX Disaster Relief Fund.

An Elecraft K3 transceiver has been my primary rig since it was first released in 2008. Five years later and it still amazes me. Recently added gear includes an Elecraft KPA500 HF+6m amplifier and a Flex 1500 SDR transceiver. Much more to say about the K3 and the rest of my station on my radio blog.

My current housing situation prevents me from erecting a large antenna so I make the most of it by using a Tarheel 200A-HP mobile screwdriver antenna installed on a tripod with a ground radial system; this gets me on the air and has rewarded me with some nice DX contacts.

I use HB9DRV's awesome Ham Radio Deluxe (v5) software suite for loging, control of the K3, and working HF digital modes (PSK31, RTTY, etc.).

A pair of JRC NRD-515 receivers are set up for mediumwave DX with a Kiwa Air Core Loop. Not that I do much MW listening other than WBAP in Dallas...

As for the rest of the JRC gear, it's all pretty much gone. The JST-245 was sold in November 2009; since getting the K3 I just wasn't using the '245. Sad for me to part with but I'd rather see it find a good home than gather dust on a shelf. My NRD-505, the prize of my JRC receiver collection, was also sold in October 2009, as was my NRD-535D.

In 2007 I built an Elecraft KX1 QRP CW transceiver; this has rekindled my interest in QRP operation and CW. My first rig was a Heathkit HW-9 that I built in 1985 a couple of years before I earned my first ham ticket. With the HW-9 I learned the code and made my first QSOs at 5 watts, tapping out CW with a straight key and a shaky fist.

More info on equipment past and present at WW2PT here.

Brief History: I started playing with shortwave radios during the summer of 1976. My first radio was a Realistic DX-160 which was purchased with paper route money. I lost interest after a while, but "rediscovered" shortwave DXing while studying at Berklee College of Music when I purchased a Sony ICF-6500 portable to combat boredom during the cold Boston winters. This renewed interest in radio led to a job at Gilfer Shortwave in Park Ridge, NJ in 1987.

I earned my first amateur general class license (N2HIE) in 1987 and quickly upgraded to Advanced Class; when vanity calls became available I changed my call to WW2PT in 1998. After 3 or so years at Gilfer, I worked for Japan Radio Company, Ltd. (JRC) as sales manager for amateur radio and land mobile communications products, and returned to Gilfer in 1994 until the company's demise a few years later.

Over the years I've dabbled in many different aspects of the hobby - RTTY, satellites, QRP, 6m and 2m SSB - but have always enjoyed HF phone the most. I'm now exploring the newest HF digital modes like PSK31, QPSK, Olivia, and Feld-Hell. Old dogs really can learn new tricks.

Notes On The Japan Radio Co. NRD-535 HF Receiver
13-Nov-2005: My role in JRC's development of the NRD-535 receiver was akin to that of a midwife during childbirth - while others did all of the work (JRC's First Engineering Dept., led by T. Shiono-san), I was simply there to tell them when to push. The '535 was a marked improvement over the NRD-525, one which addressed nearly all of the criticisms of it's predecessor functionality and performance. I feel fortunate to have been able to play a small part in bringing it to market.

My time at JRC's New York office coincided with the design and release of the NRD-535 receiver, JRL-2000F linear amplifier, and JST-245 HF transceiver (the latter was actually released in the USA shortly after I left JRC, but I was present during the design process). I will post more info to this page as I uncover more of my old JRC notes and continue to wax nostalgic about my JRC days. For now, there's some artist concept drawings of 4 proposed designs that I brought home with me from the NRD-535 design review meetings at JRC's Mitaka factory in June 1990. It's interesting to contemplate what might have been - for example, was the civilized world ready for a shortwave receiver with an ASS button? ;-)

Receiver Overview: The Japan Radio Co. NRD-505
10-Mar-2003: A tribute to my favorite communications receiver. The first draft of the text was done around 1992 when I was working for JRC. Gerry Dexter asked if I would be interested in authoring a book for Tiare Publications about the NRD-series of shortwave radios. NRD-505: An Historical and Technical Overview would have been the first chapter, but as fate would have it the project never materialized: I left JRC later that year and the book was put on hold – permanently, as it turned out. When I rediscovered the Word documents a few years ago on an old drive I formatted them for the web, filled in a few blanks, added some neat links and PDF files related to JRC, and here it is.


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