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 TenTec 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.
Over the winter I started the process of refurbishing a Butternut HF-6V vertical. The antenna is now working, but lacks enough radials to make it an effective antenna for decent HF work. Now that we have spring weather, I plan on adding new radials of varying lenths to make this an effective replacement for my former 30 meter vertical. Having access to the other bands from this "new" vertical antenna is a plus!
The first picture of the shack shows my Kenwood TS-590SG, Uniden BCD536HP, and a Kenwood TM-261A. I turn the antennas with a Yaesu G-450A rotor and switch antennas via an Ameritron RCS-4 switch box.
The second picture (below) shows my MFJ-989D antenna tuner and the Ameritron AL-80B amplifier. The amplifier works flawlessly, but the tuner leaves something to be desired. I have replaced the meter circuitry several times (diode and capacitor) to keep it working. Overall, the meter on the tuner is poorly designed and does not tolerate common mode current on the wire.
I am a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). If you need a QSL card, I am active on LoTW and eQSL. I also have a full stock of colorful new QSL cards if you desire the real thing!
73 de KG2S!
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