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 passed on 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, 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 and snowmobile riding.
The XYL and I have three 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. Oreo is a stray that adaopted us. According to the vet he should be about 22 now. Unbeleavable. It takes a real man to grow that old. 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.
1980 Heathkit Linear Amplifier SB-201
GAP Titan DX
The TET HB43sp Yagi, Glen-Martin RT-424 Tower, CD/E HAM II Rotor System and Yaesu GS-065 Bearing being tested
Only Tower and Bearing are new. The rest I reconditioned. Next stop, the roof.
KD2BCR on task. Just a few more nuts to tighten
Hey Ken (KB2SSE) toss up that left-handed spanner, will ya?
My first HAM radio. Kenwood TM-261A mobile. Now serves as the VHF Base.
The Yaesu FT-8900 mobile.
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