That's me. N1KRC. I cleaned up the shack area somewhat and even put on a decent shirt!
Anyway, I am not that active, I have been off the radio for a number of years and have just become (2009) active again.
Radio is a Kenwood TS-870, running 100 watts usually. Prior to August 2009 the antenna was an old Hustler 6BTV I picked up and never tuned. This spring I built a homebrew 5 band hex beam and it works great! So good I can hardly believe it.
It It works a whole lot better than the Hustler but it is on a 55 ft old Mosely crank up tower. Previously I had a Moxon antenna , homebrew but only for 20 meters.
The moxon worked great! But heavy wet snow and rain broke it into several pieces in late February 2010. It is on my current qsl cards but I will put the hex beam on it when I use up all the cards.
I still use a paper log book but are entering all of my contacts (since 1995) into the Ham Radio Deluxe program. I will upload to eQSL and logbook of the world when I get done. Expect some mistakes as it is a boring and time consuming effort so don't get ticked off if I goof up and get your call or time or band or whatever off a bit ( or a lot).
I like 10 meters when it is open and have 10-10 number. I also like the W1OJ repeater crosslinked with 2 meters and 10 meters FM (near Boston). That way I can work many countries from my 2 meter HT even if I am in my backyard mowing my lawn!!
My two children Frank (KB1JQU) and Margaret (KB1DHH) are also hams.
I have a degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Major.
I am also the Public Health Officer for the town I live in, Westborough, Massachusetts, USA, 25 miles west of Boston, MA
Salt water fishing on my 20 ft boat is my major passion. I fish the Massachusetts coast whenever I can. Next time I post a picture of a big striped bass, maybe.
Come on SUNSPOTS!!!!
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