I was first licensed as KA2AEW in 1978 as a Novice class operator. My rig consisted of a Kenwood TS-520S, a converted 11 meter beam, and a paddle keyer. Since that time I have upgraded my license to General, Advanced, and eventually to Amateur Extra (20 WPM CW). I changed callsigns to KG2GT after earning the Advanced license and finally settled on my current callsign KG2S after passing my Extra class license.
From my station in Camden, NY I operate all bands from 160 - 10 and 2 meters. At the top of my US Tower TX-455 I have a Tennadyne T-6 log periodic, a Cushcraft D-40 rotatable dipole, and a Cushcraft 13B2 2 meter beam. My newest addition to the antenna farm is a homebrew fan dipole for 160 and 80 meters. With this antenna, I now have resonance across a good portion of 160 and 80. I recently added a new coax wound RF choke (on a 4" PVC pipe) and now I can use my RF amplifier on 160 meters. This is the view of the tower and three of the antennas.
Another change a few years ago was the addition of a homebrew vertical antenna. I removed my 30 meter sloping dipole off the tower and replaced it with a ground mounted quarter wave vertical. Despite only having four radials, my first contact was with P29NI on Papua New Guinea. The DX operator was on Nuguria Island (OC-257). Since this contact, I have doubled the number of radials and hope to add more in the future.
The picture of the shack shows my Kenwood TS-570D, Kenwood TM-261A, MFJ-989D antenna tuner, Ameritron AL-80B amplifier and a Uniden HomePatrol-1 scanner. I turn the antennas with a Yaesu G-450A rotor and switch antennas via an Ameritron RCS-4 switch box.
I am active on LoTW and eQSL.
73 de KG2S!
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