Welcome to Amateur Radio Station K4EQ

Thanks for stopping by my Amateur Radio (also known as Ham Radio) website. I received my Novice Class license in 1960 and was assigned KN8WHB as my call sign. Since then, I have enjoyed many memorable experiences in this great hobby.

Due to upgrades and moves, I've held several call signs. KN8WHB was changed to K8WHB when I upgraded to General Class. That was changed to W9NXD when we moved to Indiana. When we moved back to Michigan in 1984, I upgraded to Extra Class and was assigned NJ8X. I held that call until 1996 when the FCC began the vanity call sign program. That allowed amateurs to select the call sign of their choice, if available, according to their license class. We lived in Virginia then and I received my current call of K4EQ. K8WHB and NJ8X have since been reassigned.

After I retired in 2013, my wife and I moved from Iowa to the St. Louis area. Above is a picture of my new ham radio shack. Being an avid QRPer (low power operator--five watts or less), I have several QRP radios. Three of my favorites are the Elecraft K2, the Elecraft K1 and the Argonaut 515. I added the 100-watt amplifier to the K2, so now I can go from 0.1 - 100 watts with it. I also have an Icom IC-706MKIIG and an old but reliable Kenwood TS-520. Below are pictures and descriptions of some of my station equipment. Click on any picture for a larger view.

If you're new to Ham Radio, take a look around my site and see if something sparks an interest in you. Be sure to CLICK HERE for a great introduction to the hobby by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Ham Radio is fun, challenging and educational. Plus, there are many opportunities for public service. If you're not yet licensed, I hope you'll join the ranks soon.

Elecraft K1

This is my favorite QRP radio: the Elecraft K1. Mine covers 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters. I also have a two-band module (80 & 15 meters) I can switch in and out.I never use it so I'm trying to sell it.

Ten-Tec Argonaut 515

This is my Ten-Tec Argonaut 515, a classic QRP radio which made its debut in 1978. It covers 80-10 meters (minus the WARC bands) on SSB and CW. It last belonged to my brother, KD8LL, and before that to K8CH. I believe AA4CO was the original owner. Currently, it's the only QR radio I have that operates on 10 meters, so it gets considerable use from me when the band is open.

Kenwood TS-520

The TS-520 was introduced in the early to mid 70s by Trio-Kenwood. I purchased the used one in the picture around 2010, but I purchased a new one in 1976. It uses 6146 finals and a 12BY7 driver. The receive section is all solid state. It operates SSB and CW on 80 - 10 meters (minus the WARC bands). To paraphrase the old watch advertisement, the 520s can "take a lickin' but keep on tickin'."

SignaLink USB

On the left is the Tigertronics SignaLink USB integrated USB sound card for working the digital modes. Man, this sure makes life easier when getting on PSK31, RTTY, etc. Now I don't have to worry about constantly changing the volumes setting on the computer. I can change them all I want for the computer without affecting my signal from the transmitter. I wouldn't want to be without this on the digital modes now. Click on the picture for a larger view.

NØSA Paddle

I ran across a review of NĂ˜SA's new paddles shortly after they came out in 2010. Being a dedicated CW operator, I was intrigued. After reading several other reviews, I just knew I had to have one of these things. So, I ordered the TP-4 paddle and received serial number 037. I have to say this is the best paddle I have ever used. It's a true work of art. Some of its features include miniature precision stainless steel ball bearings, adjustable magnetic return, finely threaded (important) brass adjustment screws, solid silver and stainless contacts, and much more. It's small compared to many other paddles, like my Elecraft (by Bencher) magnetic paddle, but heavy enough not to move around while sending. This turned out to be one of my best purchases. Click on the picture for a larger view.