January 22, 2016
May last trip to KP2, St. Croix was in February of 2014. I still receive QSL cards and respond immediately either via the bureau or direct. I think that the February trip was my eighth and last trip to the island. I really enjoyed the time on a "DX" island and made more than 6,700 QSO's during my visits. I used a rented station in KP2 (NP2N) and brought my K3 with me, along with MicroHam keyer II for RTTY.
My Putnam, Connecticut Station: K3 #4199, P3, KAT500 and KPA500 amplifier #165. Microham Keyer II. I won the K3 in a Yankee Clipper Contest Club raffle in March of 2010. I received a basic 100 watt K3. Not a bad return; a $2,000 radio for two $25.00 raffle tickets. I sold an IC7000 and purchased the K3ATU and assorted filters for the K3. I sold a FT1000MP and purchased the sub receiver for the K3 along with the recorder and few other bells and whistles. In April, 2011, I ordered the KPA500 and Ireceived the kit on July 13th. Assembly took around 4 hours. The amp went on the air July 16th and work flawlessly with K3. The KAT500 was added in July of 2014.
My antenna system here is a inverted L with 30 radials for 160. I use the inverted L on 30 meters with the K3ATU. Inverted V's for 80 and 40 I use the inverted L on 80, 40 and 30 using the KAT500. Finally, I have a 3 el steppir at 32 feet. At this location the only other antenna that I had was an ATB34 at the same height. The ATB34 sits in storage, just in case. The tower has been up since 1980. All my DX chasing has been done at 32 feet. Not really bad: The results 338 confirmed with 2 more to do.
I was formerly K1YRP until Nov, 1996 when I picked up the call W1EQ. I hold USACA #342 (worked all united states counties).I took an voluntary early retirement package from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in January of 1995 after 33-1/2 years with the company. I then worked for Tuscarora, Inc. as a Regional Quality Manager until 2001. Took an early retirement and continued to work as a consultant for the company until January of 2003. Some people never get an early retirement package, I was lucky to get two. I presently teach college courses, on line, at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass.and I am a part time Academic Advisor at the Southbridge campus of QCC.
As of January 22, 2016, my DXCC totals are 338 MIXED, 329 CW, 321 SSB,201 RTTY, 2263 CHALLENGE. WAS Triple Play LOTW #5 issued 1/17/2009. See you in the pileups!!!!!
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