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The above pic is of my old contest station QTH that we built on a third of an acre in South Setauket, Long Island, NY from 1994 to 2002.

On the air since 1969, many different qth's since then, back in the 90ies I had my shot for contesting when I built up the W2A station with my good friend Mike N2TX, yes a pair of crank up's in the burbs of LI, 9 yagis all on my 1/3 acre plot in South Setauket, I'd like to see another station like that do so well!!! Must be something in the soil here on LI but I was able to design fairly closed stacked yagis on 10,15&20 with 4 over 4 over 4 on 10 mtrs 85' at the top, 5 over 5 on 15 mtrs 75' at the top, 4 over 4 on 20mtrs 92' at the top, 3 element 40ty at 72' and phase inverted vee's at 80' on 75mtrs. That station must have played cause we hold three first place wood on the wall for CQWW M/SPhone contests for 96,97&99 and a few ARRL DX Phone contests as well. All I can say it was lots of work but total fun times until the assisted living complex started building right behind my back yard all lawyered up !Moved qth's three times since then and back in July 2009 we move to a 1+acre plot with no qrn due east (yes 700acre's of ole RCA property behind us and its a state park!) .Main interests are dx and rag chew on 75&40 mtrs, playin with new antennas (thats buildin them and having all the fun) some contesting, astronomy (another nerd hobby), drinking a good bottle of wine at the wineries with my wife . If you wanna laugh Google Big Guns Contests Club or try ezoom.net/w2xx/w2aa.htm and maybe those pics will inspires some of you guys that wanna build a competitive station but don't have a 5 or 10 acre plot, just work with what you have and Just Do It just like the Nike add's! Yes the wife wanted to move up state, wants to be closer to the kids and our new gradchild PJ (youngest in her 2nd year of college) so we moved up to Carmel NY in 2013.

At this time we are running aFTDX3000 xcvr,Acom 1000 amp, Palstar AT2KD tuner (when needed). Antennas at this time is a 130' center fed (450 ohm twinlead) dipole at 70' for 75&40mtrs(works like two half waves in phase on 40m), 40mtr rectangular loop at 70' w/4:1 balun and it tunes 40,20,15&10mtrs and a Zero Five 43' vertical with a large center loading coil by Zero 5 tuned for 75mtrs with 35+radials in the ground, this antenna has a 2:1 SWR bandwidth of 300Khz.

BTW my old calls I've had WN2ITR,WB2ITR,KE2NL and now KE2TR, the pic above was taken in 1999 when I had all the yagi's up and that qth was 5 miles inland from LI sound. Well we moved off Long Island, new qth is in Carmel, NY, no I didn't get the 5 acre's but a half acre on a ridge bewteen some realy nice fresh water lakes. Fixin up This Ole House and working a little bit of DX on the low bands, BTW I lost 6DB moving up state from LI, I miss my Radio Ave QTH but not the taxes or trafic of LI, LOL. CUL

73's

Jim

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