Home station: Elecraft K3, Drake L7, TH6DXX, 40m Delta loop and dipole, 80m wire vertical, 160m inverted L, K9AY RX antennas, N1MM Logger.
Mobile station: Elecraft K3, KA8KIP Eliminator screwdriver, N1MM Logger.
I started shortwave listening on my parent's Grundig AM/FM/SW/phonograph console stereo. I remember listening to some hams on 40m AM and also many SSB stations that were unintelligible, of course. My Dad got me a Knight-Kit Star Roamer, which was my first construction project. I later talked him into a Hammarlund HQ-200 (wish I still had it). In 1972 I received my Novice (WN2FNS) license after some elmering by WB2EUV. George also helped me construct my first electronic keyer. I was using a bug up until that time. The TX was a Johnson Adventurer with three crystals, one for 80m, one for 40m and one that worked on the third harmonic for 15m. The RX was a Heathkit SB-101. Less than a year later I was a General with the callsign WB2FNS. I then graduated through Advanced and Extra, taking all exams at the FCC office in downtown Buffalo. That was very intimidating for a teenager. However, I wowed everyone in the exam room by bringing my electronic keyer for the 20 WPM code test and sending at about 30 WPM. The rig was a Drake B-line and after a short time off the air, I was back on with a borrowed Hallicrafters pair. In 1976, I changed from the long, terrible callsign (WB2FNS) to N2CU. I purchased a Kenwood TS-820S at the Dayton Hamvention and kept that rig until late in the 1990's. Marriage came in 1982 and with that, a home and later children. I was off the air from 1982 until 1997 when I put up a Gap Challenger, fired up the TS-820S and rediscovered the magic of ham radio. I haven't looked back since. A Yaesu FT-1000MP replaced the good old 820. After becoming a member of the W2FU Contest Team, I bought an Elecraft K3. What a great radio! I took up 160m DX'ing several years ago and now have 203 DXCC entities on "Top Band". I love mobile contesting and have several plaques from the NY and PA QSO Parties.
Other interests are metal detecting, bicycling and fishing, when there's time!
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