Darron Sanchez WA5TCZ

So what am I doing now?

I needed a new challenge in Ham radio, to keep the hobby fun,

and rewarding.


I thought I would try QRPp extremely low power hamming.


This is certainly a challenge.


I bought and built four Rock Mite Transceivers.
They were crystal controlled on 80M, 40M, 30M, and 20M.
The power output was about 1 watt.


I made over 150 contacts at all power levels using attenuators but was not satisfied being rock bound on a calling frequency.


I bought an Oak Hill Research QRPP radio.
I could then tune from 14.000 to 14.081 KH, and get the power down to 1 MW.


So far I have made many contacts with 30 MW of power, and only one contact at 1 MW that was 1000 miles from my QTH.


The 1 MW contact was beyond belief, even for the ham I was talking to.


This put new life and challenges in the hobby for me.


Extreme low power levels with extreme rewards.



My Favorite Radio Contests


The monthly SkCC Weekend Sprint. My SKCC Number is 206 T.

Laid back and loads of fun, been close to top score but

never made # 1.


The annual Zombie Shuffle put on by Paul NA5N and Jan N0QT.

Around Halloween and the call is CQ BOO.

I have been close to the top here also but never #1.



My Present Radios




Main radio
Kenwood TS 570 S



Oak Hill Research
OHR 100 A 20 meter QRPp radio



Rock Mite QRPp radios
80M, 40M, 30M and 20M



Palstar AT 2K antenna tuner


Antenna is a Double Extended Zepp at 50 feet.

A Cuschcraft 3 element beam at 60 feet.

The Magic of Radio in the 50's

I remember when I was 11 years old in 1950. For Christmas my Mother and Father gave me a radio in a cardboard box because I was always fooling around with some kind of radio. The radio was the most exciting present I had ever received.
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The Elusive Airchamp 200

The rebuild of this radio was an exciting adventure as it brought back many fond memories of my first encounter with radio.
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The Mighty Little Rockmite XCVR

Building and working the little Rokcmite radios was done to see just how low you could go in power and still make a reliable radio contact.
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Dreaded Black Code Machine

This is the true story about how I got my Ham license at the FCC Office in New Orleans, LA.
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The Loooooong Project

How strong of an impression is made on a young child that took most of my life for this project to come to fruition. Here is a story about the little "Sucker Stick Transmitter", the receiver and the power supply.. read more

The A/N X-15 Galactic Transceiver

This is an April Fools story that includes myself and a friend with fictious call letters.

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The Self Winding Clock Company and the Western Union Time Service.


Starting in 1886 until 1970. The Western Union Company had Western Union clocks that were controlled† by the Naval Observatory time signal.


The synchronizing signal was sent from the Naval Observatory to Western Union and then sent out on the Western Union Telegraph wires to all clocks each hour to set them to the correct time across the whole United States.


These clocks were in every Government office, Train Stations,Radio Stations, Schools, and every Western Union Depot wherever accurate time was needed.


This service was abolished in 1970, with the advent of the Atomic Clock. These highly accurate clocks are collected and restored by many collectors.


I restored one myself and have had it for about 5 years and it's a good addition to my radio shack.


The clock was bought on E-bay for $100.00 dollars and did not work. The clock was cleaned and after some adjustments, I got it running.


Some of these clocks cleaned and running command around $600.00.


The clock you see at the top of every page is a replica of the Self Winding Western Union Clock. It is a working clock that shows the time from your computer.