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Portland, CT Middlesex County, USA FN31rn, CQ Zone 5, ITU Zone 8
N 41.574, W 72.569 (N 41 34' 26.9" W 72 34' 11.4") 145km SE of Boston and 159km NE of New York City 34.5km North of Long Island Sound
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We are currently running barefoot with plans to convert our AL-572 into an AL-80 with one 3-500z. We just got our new 53' top loaded 80m vertical in the air. See pics below.
Radio: TS-590s, FT-857D
Power: Ameritron AL-572, Mirage B-2518-G (HF: 100-800W PEP; VHF/UHF: 20-150W PEP)
Audio: Heil Genesis Dynamic Mic, MC-50, or stock mic, with no outboard processing. Internal speech processing and EQ.
CW: K8RA(sk) paddle, or homebrew paddles and keys.
Low bands: verticals, QW Vertical on 40m, elevated 3m, home brew, 80/160m 65' top loaded, and/or base tuned, band switched remotely.
RX: Beverage, various verticals and MFJ-1025 Noise Canceler. Cushcraft R7. 
High bands: 20m long dipole with tuned feeder (20m, 12m) made of LadderSnap open wire line.
6m: homebrew 4 element quad fed with 75 Ohm hardline.
2m and 70cm:  11 element and 15 element single Yagis.
K1DNR Mobile Setup:I am using a screwdriver type mobile antenna with a 72" (1.8m) stainless steel whip. I also have a 12' telescopic whip for stationary use. I use an FT-857D barefoot, homebrew headset and CW paddles strapped to the ashtray. I enjoy operating mobile with my FT857D.
QSL= LoTW, eQSL, Direct and Bureau. I enjoy paper QSL - SASE appreciated not required. Send to me via buro OK. The best way to receive my paper QSL is to send direct via mail and request a return, or email K1DNR at arrl dot net. Or visit the contact page on my website. http://www.charlessocci.com eQSL and LoTW 100% for all - automatically. I do not send out paper QSL unless request is made via email or direct mail.
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Former Callsigns: KA1DNR (1979-1995), KC2YWZ (2010), AE2CS (2010-2011)

Biography: I am a musician. I studied with jazz legend Jackie McLean from the time i was 17. I taught and played all over the world for many years.  Today I run my own computer consulting business and play the lead alto chair with Michael Palin and the Other Orchestra every Tuesday in Hartford,  CT. at Blackeyed Sally's on Asylum Ave downtown.

Free music here, recorded with vintage Telefunken and RCA mics, and vintage preamps - (free tracks are full length mp3) http://www.socci.com/blog/my-music
I live in a rural part of central Connecticut on one of the highest hills in the area. We often hear Coyotes at night. Listen to the Coyotes sing. 
Links: (my articles and favorite ham radio links)

New 80m vertical: still in beta - extensive ground work to be completed - testing now. Below that is the 40m elevated vertical.


1/4 wavelength 40m vertical

Vertical antennas for 80m (16m tall, top loading wires), and 40m (1/4 wave, tuned radials, elevated 3m).
1/4 wavelength 40m vertical, 40m long dipole fed for 20m band, and mobile with 150cm whip.


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World Continents Award#2152
Granted: 2015-02-08 05:00:03

  • 5 Band Mixed
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    80 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
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