It has taken eleven years , but finally reached my goal of being a extra , with the vanity call sign i have always wanted and redesigned my shack. The new shack was a lucky find of a video studio closing and moving to florida and decided not to ship that huge console. My wonderfull wife knew i wanted this console REAL bad and she bought it for my birthday( early present) and it is without a doubt the best b day gift i ever recieved. My great friend Eddie kc2lfh hooked up a trailer to his truck and drove 50 miles back and forth to get it. The shack is all rewired with a work benchand a closet with all of my test equipment intergrated into the console via relay switching/ manual for audio video / security cam dvr system /intercom/ home theature equip/ audio test gear etc...so i can leave the console untouched when i get into my projects. A few months ago i modified my yaesu ft 1000 mp mkv field with the voodoo labs modification and i was helped by jim VE7RF who is one of the authors of this great material , and thank him for staying on the phone with me for hours to get my station towhere it is now. Many other friends have helped me on the way , many have sold me their old audio gear for next to nothing, SAL N2SAL,,SAL KC2OZA...the radio i bought from MIKE N2MDX and was a great deal and the radio was in pristine condition. also Woody Ak2f in NJ gave me a great deal on my kenwood tl-922a amp. and some audio gear from dave AC2IQ in NJ, and george N2OWR for helping me with my 220 vac electrcial cabling , Mike N2YIE has helped me with a lot of tech info, hours of on air testing and long sitdowns helping my study for some tough exams outside ham radio. Thanks to these people i have spent a fraction of what it could have cost to have my station, and feel they deserve mention. Hams helping hams is what it is all about. Equipment list yaesu ft - 1000 mp, ft-757 mobile, icom 706mk2g, ft 767 gx, behinger mic preamp,2496 eq , bbe sonic maximizer, electrovoice re-27 mic, a viking valiant boat anchor, kenwood tl 922a amp connected to the buck boost transformer ( blue xformer pictured)for 208 / 240vac increaceand mfj 989b tuner. Maco 103-c 10- 12 meter beam, imax 2000 vertical w/ homebrew grd plane kit, 14 galadder line fed 12 gauge125 ft diople streched from back yard to my tree in front of the house, and diamond v-2000 triband for the repeaters
I came from the auto electrcial industry, was very involved in competetive car audio years ago and competed in the IASCA worldchampinships in 1992 and 1993 and built a lot of homebrew stuff and started playing around with customizing leece neville alternators and building high current dc auto systems and installing anything related, and enjoyed the big amp cb mobile days, and had lots of fun doing it. I operate mobile (tailgating ) as in the photo witha homebrew 32 foot telescopic vertical with a aluminum plate under the car tire or the now famous Kite antenna . This 125 foot resonant on 160 meters metal braid stainless / teflon coated 90 lb test line feedind a 7 1/2 foot kite has covered a lot of the planet with very strong signals on my yaesu ft 757 gx w/ mfj 949 antenna tuner as a random wire and ground strapped to the car, working from floyt bennet field, a old federal air strip used for emergencies and is home to our field day with the KCRC (KINGS COUNTY RADIO CLUB).
It is obvious that hams were busy during hurricane sandy after it devestated the northeast. I was fortunate to have suffered just my 10 meter beam snapping my rotor in half and the antenna hanging over the roof over the driveway...thank god for that rg8 coax was strong enough to hold it from going through the car windhild just below.I was busy helping in staten island for the first week where i worked along side congressman grimm , the OEM (office of emergency management...aka mayors office and spent time helping people get food and warm clothes for there kids ,helping families, i was there with reporter Heraldo Rivera who was interviewing and handing out items when off camera. I spent the second week in gerritsen beach assisting the fire dept ( volenteer fd) with providing makeshift power and lights with generators and lots of lead acid batteries running inverters to keep phones / laptops and bare essential powered up for the community, making runs home to swap battery packs on charge to keep them functioning. I never thought i would see this kind disorganization, and lack of govt and city help as i did in this area for a 2 week period.....all of those 12 volt tricks came in handy , and i was glad to use my skills for a community who needed it. Below is a photo of me with the gerritsen Fire dept as you see the lights were xmas lights on a inverter on car battery booster packs .
Other photos are completion of the workbench that has 5 feet of copper plating between layers for rf shielding, the famous kite antenna used while tailgating at floyt bennet field, the famous GETTO BLASTER , built originally in 1985 and rebuilt for the ham radio bbq in 2010 and 2012 with a 32 foot vertical attached for hf communications all run on 10 8ah lead acid batteries. My 3 element beam / and other antennas. My wife and i on halloween day before the village parade, the oem at staten island after hurricane sandy, with congressman Grim and Heraldo, the Gerritsen Beach Fire Dept relief center.
I have been a secuity service tech since 1996 working on large commercial Fire alarm systems, commercial burg alarm sysstems, cctv and anything security related. Due to a severe injury on my right knee and some other handsurgeries it has been a time of recovery, and i am fortunate to have such a supportive family and especially my wife Nicole. The flip side to it all has been enjoying the hobby more and advancing with a lot of book study. ...........73's for now...Tommy WW2KW
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