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The Center of Westford, MA

The new ham shack now includes an ICOM IC-7700 with Heil Proset Headset Mic/Bencher Iambic paddle, Ameritron AL-811H, two ATR-20's  so both G5RV's can be tuned independently. With two very well placed wire antennas I can now work anything I hear. Also moved and upgraded the 6 meter beam, now a M2 6M5XHP 5 EL at 40 ft.on an 18ft. boom, away from and off the house to a place near the end of the hardline, 332 ft. from the house, and in the woods, amongst the trees. See picture below. See you on the airwaves.
Another view.

Worked VU2NKS with my modest station on 12M Long Path RTTY.....Wow!!!! Thanks Nand.


The above award (5 band DXCC is for 80, 40, 20, 15, 10) plus 116 countries on 160 and now 226 worked, 185 confirmed countries on 17M, and 236 worked, 202 confirmed countries on 12M and 229 worked, 214 confirmed countries on 30M�for 9 band DXCC.Digital is at 205 worked and 197 confirmed. Adding that to DXCC count. �Currently 335 confirmed for mixed DXCC. Now on to 6M if the band ever gets good enough.. Last year worked�10 countries on 6. LOTW is very helpful. Added another 14 this year so at 24 total on 6M. Challenge is at 1482 worked, 1127 confirmed for challenge DXCC as well . Thanks to ARRL for LOTW and awards.


The latest award, DXCC Challenge. Now at 1466 worked, 1135 confirmed. Took me 33 years to get this.


The 160 DXCC award all worked and confirmed when I had the 1/4 wave vertical on 160 with 120 - 120 ft. radials and an 800 ft. beverage, boy did that combo play on 160. Of course a KW too. Holding at 116 countries worked on top band.


Newest edition to DXCC 30 meters. 187 confirmed now. Making it now 9 Band DXCC. Next 6 meters and digital.



Recently received 17M DXCC award (now 193 countries confirmed). 7th band DXCC.

Another DXCC 12M (205 confirmed total) making it 9 band DXCC. . Now working on 6M. That may take some time.

Another DXCC this one for Digital, mostly RTTY but some PSK and JT65. Currently at 131 confirmed on Digital.


Here's the latest DX worked/confirmed matrix:

Meters        Confirmed    LOTW        Worked (as of 5/25/2015)

 Mixed    *         335              335                 335
160 *  #              117              117                117
80  #                     23                22                  63
40*  #                 123              119                155
30*                     197              175                205
20*  #                 110              108                173
17 *                    203              190                236
15  #                     80                79                146
12*                     214              205                229
10*  #                 112              109                139
6 DX                    26                14                  28
6 WAS                 31                30                  35
Digital*              152              136                170
Challenge*       1173            1128              1482
* New Award Issued

 # 160 Meter DXCC 11/4/1987, 80,40,20,15,10 5BDXCC 4/27/1981


Am retired from the phone company.

Back active on the HFs Apr. 2013. I have two adult children. My wife is also a ham, N1GTJ. My first radio was a used IC-718 and it was great, loved the radio. Put up a G5RV (ZS6BKW version) Inverted V at 50 ft. Upgraded to an ICOM IC-7410 pictured below and an amp/antenna tuner, now an IC-7700 awesome radio the best I have ever owned.. Details below. Also just put up a 3 el beam on 6m. First time ever on 6m. In honor of my uncle Dick who I was named after and got me interested in ham radio and was a BIG 6M AM guy in the day. I remember his setup, Gonset radio I think, or maybe a Clegg 99 with crystals. Remember crystal control?? Worked the major Aurora event in March 17, 2015 worked 13 states and Canada. Unbelieveable with beam headed north. 1857Z to 2121.

I want to thank my uncle Dick W1ZSV (silent key) for getting me interested in ham radio and my friends Bob K8LJ and Steve K1ST and his wife Linda WA1RCA and Scott NU1C for giving the necessary guidance and a kick in the ass to get my ticket and finally to Extra Class. And of course my wife, N1GTJ, for supporting me over the many years, and for her understanding when I wanted to put up two 120 ft. towers one which was attached to her barn. Also recently when I decided to get back into ham radio.

In the late 70's and thru 2001 I had two 120 ft. towers one with TH6DXX and sloping phased dipoles using the guylines for 80M. The second tower had 2 element 40M beam and tower was 1/4 wave vertical on 160 with 120, 120 ft. radials. Had an 800 foot beverage for receiving. Of course a KW and many different radios from HW-101 to Kenwood latest radio for 1990's.

Dxpeditions to KP2, KL7, KH6.


See you on the airwaves.

73, Dick AB1A and Sue Ferry N1GTJ.

Above station back in the winter shack. IC-7410, AL811h, ATR-20......

Above the summer shack in the basement, nice and cool. New addition to shack IC-7410.Left to right, IC-7410, ATR-20, AL-811H, Laptop.

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Winter Shack, showing old equipment, old radio is IC-7410. Awesome radio..

New additions to the shack, Ameritron AL-811H and Ameritron ATR-20. 5BDXCC and DXCC 160M from the 1970's and 80's. Been totally inactive since 2006.

The shack complete for now: Icom IC-7410, Ameritron AL-811H and ATR20, SEC1235 PS, MFJ-564b key, Icom SM-30 Mic, MFJ-392b headphones. Antenna is ZS6BKW (G5RV) Inv V at 50 f

Who's the fat bald guy at the helm?

The antenna farm at AB1A. A ZS6BKW (G5RV) dipole as an inverted V apex at 50 feet ends about 20 ft. up.. 100 feet of RG-8 to coupler and 40 ft. 350 ohm ladder line, no balun. Plays well on all bands except 15? But the new ATR-20 tunes it great.

The new 6M antenna (5EL M2 6M5XHP) is 332 ft. from house in the woods, and it is at 40 feet. Fed by 400 ft. of 7/8 heliax and 100 ft. of RG 213 connected to the Ameritron remote coax switch. Using a Rohn MH-50 only extended to 40ft. With Radioshack el cheapo rotator connected to the shack controller via 332 ft. of 16AWG stranded 3 conductor cable.


Connected via an Amertron RCS-4 Remote Coax Switch which interfaces the 7/8" hardline and connects the G5RV dipole and 6 meter beam to the shack.




Inverted V at house, apex at 15 M.

New antenna at Barn, 60 ft. in center G5RV/ZS6BKW broadside WNW/ESE. Approx 150 ft. RG213 buried to 400 ft/ 7/8" hardline to shack. You can see coupler where 40 ft of 450 ohm ladder line meets RG-213. Approx 20 ft. off ground, making the center 60 feet above ground. That's my XYL N1GTJ at the base of the antenna.

Another view showing ladder line and center coupler.


New QSL Card came today. Great job done by KB3IFH Randy, I highly recommend him to do your cards. He copied my original one perfectly and then added new features. Reasonably priced too.http://kb3ifh.homestead.com. A funny sideline, Randy did copy my original perfectly and even the typo I had, which I just noticed and had forgotten about. Doh! See if you can find the typo.

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