I have several activities/interest that I participate in. One of which is HAM radio, where I earned the Technician Class license in 2007 as KC2QZU. In December 2011 I earned the General Class licence and changed my ticket to N2DDC. In July a friend handed off to me a GAP Titan DX which was given to him. That August I picked up a Yaesu FT-901DM and have been enjoying HF greatly ever since. Currently I operate on phone only. Most of the time you can find me on 20M, 15M, 10M doing DX and responding to contests. Occasionaly I can be found on 40M. I have on loan an amp that I use only as needed, ahum. Plans are in the works for later this spring 2013 to put up a TET HB43SP triband antenna 20/15/10M, CDE HAMII Rotor System, and Glen Martin RT- 424 tower with possibly with a 1200W Heathkit Linear Amp.
Update. As of April 2013, the TET triband is on the air. Many thanks to Ken - KB2SSE for his Elmering, and Anthony KD2BCR, both for their assistance.
I am a member of the Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club (RMARC). Our club repeater is WA2SNA, the "4 90". I serve as one of three Trustees, and as elected Vice-President & Secretary. Our Club traditionally volunteers annually at the NYC Marathon (ING), and at the Ramapo Valley District Klondike Derby for the Boy Scouts.
Other equipment includes: a Kenwood TM-261A 2 meter which is also the mobile backup; a Yaesu FT-8900 as the primary mobile with the Diamond 8900A 4 band antenna; a Wouxon KG-UVD1P HT. The Wouxon and 8900 setup on crossband repeat work great at bicycle rally events where we are spred out over several counties.
Other activities include volunteering in the Passaic County ARES/RACES Team - PCARESRACES, the Ringwood CERT Team, Ringwood OEM, The American Red Cross and their radio group ARCSquared. Also I have recieved training as a COM-T for the Dept of Homeland Security through the State of NJ - OIT. Over the winter of 2012 I received my VE from the ARRL.
Other interests include Motorcycling and ATVing. The current ride is a H-D Electra Glide, with a couple of accessories added, of course. The XYL and I like to take weekend trips to the NorthEast Kingdom getaway. I had installed the HT with a homebrew 2m/440 300ohm J-Pole plus a speaker/mike on the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide but wasn't comfortable with it at Highway speeds. Local was ok. Most the ATV time is snowplowing the driveway and serious trail riding in the NEK. Maybe I'll try the setup on the ATV. Other sports include hiking with the wife (and HT) as well as snowshoeing, Kayak, Stand up Paddleboard, Fly and baitcast fishing.
The XYL and I have two cats. Frankie I found in a local street at about 3 weeks of age in 2008. Tigger I brought home from a NEK neighbor for the XYL in 2009 which shares the wifes birthday. In 2011 another stray cat adaopted us, Nalla. She winters in the basement. Apparently Nalla got too comfortable down stairs.
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio. And maybe we will catch each other on the airwaves.
QRZ only please.
TET triband Pointing East
My first HAM radio. Kenwood TM-261A mobile. Now serves as the VHF Base.
The Yaesu FT-8900 mobile.
Update July, 2015
After a couple of failures, the FT-901DM has bit the dust. I beleave it needs new tubes now but it is not just worth it to me. At a later date I may try tubes and e-bay it. It's only been 9 months, ugh. So I have put the old war horse out to pasture and replaced it with a Yaesu FT-450D. Also picked up a MFJ-4128 power supply and a MFJ-815D SWR/Wattmeter. Tried them out tonight...nice.
Pics from initial setup and testing. 3x USA and 1x Belarus contacts. All excellent reports.
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