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 discovered the ham bands.. Popular Electronics Magazine assigned me the SWL call WPE1HMV. A local ham W1GPL (SK) helped me get started in ham radio. I was hooked after participating in a 10M DX QSO.
In 1968 at age 16, I passed the novice exam 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. Contest operating with an electronic keyer got me to 20+ WPM. During my senior year in high school I upgraded to General and became WA1KJT. I've held the call N1DC since 1978 after passing the Extra exam at the FCC "Custom House" office in Boston.
Station: Ten-Tec Omni VII transceiver (100W), MFJ Differential T tuner, WinKeyer USB, Bencher BY-1 paddle, Heil ProSet Plus headset, Heil HM-12 Microphone (boom mounted), Accurite Weather Station (wireless)
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. Antenna switching via Alpha-Delta Delta 4C Console.
Computer: 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 Anniversary 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)
Marconi Anniversary Events and NPOTA (SS03) at the Eastham CG Station (call sign KM1CC)
US Navy "Snow Goose" Blimp flight / USS Nautilus submarine journey under the polar ice cap (W1NAS)
Operating achievements: all with 100W or less
DXCC CW, DXCC Phone, 5BDXCC, WAC, WAS, WAZ, WPX CW (1,238), WPX SSB (592), WPX Mixed (1,377)
Recent contest awards
I QSL 100% and post logs to the ARRL's LOTW. I'm happy to verify Norfolk County MA upon request.
73 ! Rick
Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club KM1CC
L to R Rick N1DC Pi K1RV Henry K1WCC Barbara N1NS
Eastham Cape Cod Coast Guard Station (location of 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 Watson Museum Braintree MA
Station # 1 (l to r) Bob KA1KIJ Bill K1WN Pi K1RV Rick N1DC Sommer Yagi (10 / 15 / 20)
Operating CW (Museum Ships Weekend) (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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