Tuesday, July 7, 2020

My POTA Hunter Station

KB9BVN POTA Hunter Station - K1, Ten Tec Paddles, Battery, and LDG Z11 Autotuner

Yes indeed.  This is my POTA Hunter station I use when I am working from home.  It sits on my desk and is connected to a dipole in my attic.  This K1 is serial number 1205, I bought this radio as a kit from Wayne Burdick N6KR at the Dayton Hamvention in 2002. It took me about 3 weeks to build it in my spare time. It is a 4 band unit, 15m, 20m, 30m, and 40m.  With the LDG Z11 I can tune my attic dipole on all four bands.  On 40m it is capable of about 7 watts, and 5 on the other three. 

Since I started POTA hunting on June 22nd of this year I have used this little setup to log almost 50 different Parks on the Air activators, I just got my Gold Certificate this weekend (30 parks) and I hope to get my Diamond Certificate (50 Parks) before the end of this week. 

POTA Gold for 30 Different Parks in the Logs

I have already shown you what I use when I go out activating parks.  The bands are not hot but I'm still making contacts and I owe a BIG part of it to the incredible ears out there that can pull me out of the weeds for those tough ones.  

This has been so much fun and has really reactivated my interest to get out there and operate portable/remote or picnic table.  Give it a try! 

73 de KB9BVN


  1. Hi Brian! Good to find your blog back on the SKCC Site. I try to get in as much operating time as I can these days with different work hours and a new job position. Kind of lost track with some of the other guys have you heard from Ivin W9ILF or Mike? Mikes call was KQ9RP not sure what it is now. Anyway 72/73...Brian W9BGJ

  2. Hi Brian, good to hear from you. Ivin W9ILF and I have been having fun doing POTA stuff, along with Wayne AC9HP. Mike is now NR9R but I haven't seen him in some time. The POTA activating is fun, and is a safe social distance since most of the parks are barely used these days with COVID and all. Best 73 de KB9BVN