Thanks for visting my QRZ page. My name is Rick.
I became interested in radio in the mid 1960's after spending many hours listening to distant AM broadcast stations at night. I quickly progressed into shortwave listening and started learning the morse code. Popular Electronics Magazine assigned me the SWL call WPE1HMV. My first exposure to ham radio was via my friend's father W1GPL (SK).
In 1968 at age 16, I passed the novice exam after reaching 5 wpm and was assigned the callsign WN1KJT. My first station was a Heathkit AT-1 20W crystal contolled transmitter, Radio Shack Realistic DX-75 receiver and a 40M dipole. I spent the first 6 months at 5-10WPM with a straight key, followed by a Vibroplex Champion Bug. I credit contest operating with an electronic keyer for improving to 20+ WPM. During my senior year in high school I upgraded to General class and became WA1KJT. I've held the call N1DC since 1978 after passing the Extra exam at the old FCC "Custom House" office in Boston.
Station: Ten-Tec Omni VII transceiver (100W), MFJ Differential T tuner, WinKeyer USB, Bencher BY-1 paddle
Antennas: HyGain Explorer 14 4 element yagi at 30ft for 10/15/20 (using a Ham IV rotator), dipoles at 35 ft for 40/80 fed with 450 ohm ladder line, 160M inverted L with two ground radials fed with coax. Wire antennas use marine stainless steel pulleys and homebrew counterweights.
Software: Windows 7 PC running DX lab for regular QSO's and N1MM for contesting.
Homebrew custom console HyGain Explorer 14 Tri-Band Yagi 1st Place EMA SOLP 2014 ARRL DX CW Contest
I spend most of my time operating CW, chasing DX and contest operating. You will find me in the CQWW, ARRL DX, ARRL SS, New England QSO Party, CWops events and other contests when time permits. I do operate phone contests occasionally using my Heil ProSet Plus.
Memberships: ARRL Life Member, CW Operators Club (CWops), Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC), K1USN Radio Club, Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club (KM1CC)
I have been a CW operator at the following special events:
Museum Ships Weekend and Veteran's Day at K1USN Braintree, MA
Titanic 100th Anniverary at the Chatham Maritime Marconi Center on Cape Cod (call sign KM1CC).
International Marconi Day (IMD) at the Eastham Coast Guard Station on Cape Cod (call sign KM1CC)
Operating achievements: all with 100W or less
DXCC CW, DXCC Phone, 5BDXCC, WAC, WAS, WAZ, WPX CW (at 1,139), WPX Mixed (at 1,259)
I QSL 100% and post logs to the ARRL's LoTW. I'm happy to verify Norfolk County MA upon request.
Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club KM1CC
Eastham Cape Cod Coast Guard Station (location of many KM1CC operating events)
Princess Elettra Marconi's visit June 2014 - reading a WRTC 2014 message from KM1CC portable - Marconi site in South Wellfleet MA
K1USN Radio Club Museum Ships Weekend 2014
Yaesu FT-920 with Ameritron ALS 600 Amp (l to r) Larry K1LJK Rick N1DC Ted W1TPB Pi K1RV
International visitors since March 10, 2013 - USA visitors since June 17, 2014
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