My name is Tom Alessi. 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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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:
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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