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My Kent straight key.My name is Tom ("TJ" on CW).  I received my Novice license (WN1TNK) 40 years ago, on May 28, 1974, at age 14.  A year later I became WA1TNK when I passed my General Class License test at the old FCC field office in NYC, down on Christopher Streeet.  Since then I've held many calls, finally ending up with K1TA.  And yes, there have been quite a few callsigns over the years.

K1TA ON AIRI enjoy CW & SSB on HF, mobile APRS (K1TA-9) and building antennas. On weekends I like to participate in contests, and while I never submit my logs, I love making a few quick contacts for the log.  My latest project is to learn about the Raspberry Pi computer board.   

My station includes an ICOM IC-756 Pro II into to an off-center fed ZEPP (225'+ on one side, 85' on the other). The antenna is fed with 450 ohm ladder line to an LDG 4:1 balun inside my window.  I operate all HF bands but I prefer the lower bands 160, 80/75, 40 & 20 meters.  On VHF and UHF I run an Icom IC-820H all mode transceiver into a Diamond V-2000, tri-band vertical.

Union Lodge #5 Stamford, CTMe working at a fire as Safety Officer.In addition to Ham Radio, I like restoring vintage radios, digital photography, shooting handguns and watching sports on TV. I've been a firefighter/EMT since 1976 as a career firefighter and as a volunteer.

I'm also a Freemason (Union Lodge 5 AF&AM) my lodge is located in Stamford, CT.  My wife and I own a house in Lexington, NC where I am the Trustee for the Yachtsman's Point Radio Society, K4NNN.  I plan on moving to North Carolina full time when the ecomomy gets a little better.

My License North Carolina plate.So, for now, I am a Radio Systems Manager for the Westchester County NY Department of Emergency Services where I manage a Motorola Trunk System, several simulcast repeaters and several InterOp systems systems.

My Babies. I hold several professional licenses. an FCC GROL, 2nd Class Telegraph and a GMDSS Operator/Maintainer license, all with Radar Endorsements. I'm also a Certified Broadcast Technician (CBT), Certified Electronic Technician (CET) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

* Here are some of my websites:

My Station Equipment

  • ICOM IC-756 Pro II - HF Transceiver
  • ICOM IC-820H - All Mode VHF/UHF Transceiver
  • ICOM SP-23 Matching Speaker
  • Heil PR-781 Microphone
  • Heil PL2T Microphone Boom
  • Heil FS-3 Foot Switch
  • Heil HS-2 Hand Switch
  • Bencher Iambic Paddles
  • Vintage Chinese Military K5 Straight Key
  • Kent KT-1 Straight Key
  • Kent TP1-B Paddles
  • MFJ-969 Tuner, used for 60 meters only.
  • Off-Center ZEPP (Apprx. 300+ ft long)
  • Diamond V-2000 Tri-Band Vertical

 

My Shack April 2014

 

The Connecticut Antenna Farm

This is my HF antenna, I don't know why but it really works well.

K1TA and K4NNN QSL Card.

Me and the guys from my fire house.

Me at work after a working house fire 2013.

 
Member of Guilford Amateur Society, W4GG.org
Member of Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, GNARC.org
Trustee of the Yachtsman's Point Radio Society, K4NNN.com
 

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