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AB3CX was issued in April, 2005. My previous callsigns were WN2PTS and WB2PTS from 1963-1973. I was QRT all the years in between. I am basically a HF DX and contests op but do some 6M when schedule allows right now. Another interest is restoring, repairing and collecting classic radios of the 1930s. My home shack has many vintage 1930-39 era radios displayed.  I belong to Frankford Radio Club since Fall 2014.  All of my current operating is from a contest/DX QTH about 10 miles from my home. The station gear is a Yaesu FT-5000 (backup FT-2000 with the NS roofing filter),  SDR-IQ  for panadaptor display, OM-2000+ Linear, and Ten Tec 238B tuner. Antennas are described below. Software is N1MM for contesting, Spectraview for the SDRIQ and N3FJP for day to day logging. So far the DXCC totals are 330 worked, with  330 confirmed. 100% of QSO's since 5/10/2009 are being confirmed via LOTW. I still reply to all bureau QSLs received, but receive a large volume through contest QSOs; particularly for the western and central EU stations,  please QSL only if you need my card in return for county or other award confirmation as I have no way to display all the nice cards coming in.

You can search my log here: https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/AB3CX

My ongoing project is a hilltop contest station QTH on 30 acres of previously neglected pasture and wood land near Cooperstown.  To see the towers at the site on Google Maps, use these coordinates and switch to the satellite view. (42.75096, -75.07228).  If you toggle between terrain and satelite views, you will get an idea of the strengths of the site for DX.  The first tower closest to the house went up in 2011, but no antennas were erected untill 2013. It is is 127 foot of Rohn 45G, with 3 element LL M2 40M yagi tuned for CW band, and a Tennadyne 12 element log periodic at the top, turned by a prop pitch. At 22 feet on that tower is a 7 element 10M monobander fixed on EU. Added in August 2014 are three 5 element 10M Monobanders at 30-60-90 feet, aimed SSE, SSW, SSE.   Tower #2 is the one most SW on the site. It has a two stack of M2 5 element 20M yagis at 94 and 47 feet, a 7 element M2 6M yagi at 100 feet, an M2 15M4 fixed south at 70 feet, and an M2 15M6  monobander fixed on EU at 32 feet. Tower #3 has a rotating 7 element 10M monobander at 88 feet and a 40 LL 3 element at 82 feet tuned for phone band, and a 5 element 15M monobander fixed WNW at height of 36 feet. Below that is a 5 element short boom 10M 5 element yagi fixed NNW.   For 80M there is a 2016 constructed  four square on the flat top of the hill. There is also an 80M dipole sloping off tower #2,  NE-SW but little used now. The 160M transmitting antenna is an inverted Vee with the apex at about 110 feet on tower #1.  For receive, there are now five 800 foot Beverages oriented NE, SE, SW, W (450') and NW.  Only one  yagi was a new purchase, the rest are pre-owned or rebuilt from components salvaged from related M2 antennas ( TY K8LEE, K1MA, K3OO, and others).  All the tower sections were previously used, reconditioned and re erected. Special thanks to K1TO, W2RE and WW2DX for help. Operator improvements are slow, ongoing and more difficult than antenna construction.  One day I hope to get SO2R going, but up to now it's one radio contesting.


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