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Located just west of Syracuse, NY in the USA.

Originally licensed as WN2ZMS in 1966, upgraded to WB2JOD in 1968, and then upgraded to Amateur Extra in 2000 and changed to K2IV in 2001.

First rig was a DX-60A I built with my Dad (future WA2TSW), and a Knight general coverage receiver. Replaced the receiver a year later with a Hammarlund HQ-110. Liked that receiver - used one like it in high school at WA2TDK. Picked up a used HW-100 while in college, even had it with me as a senior off campus but preferred the S-Line at K2CC.

Home rig is a 30 year old Kenwood TS-430S barefoot to either 80 mtr, 40 mtr or 20mtr dipoles, or a ZS6BKW dipole. Mostly SSB, but once in a while CW just to prove to myself I remember the alphabet, sort of. I use a Kenwood TS-721A dual-bander for FMVHF/UHF- that has been in at least 6 cars over time. Have dabbled in most everything from packet to AX.25 to PSK31 to RTTY. Most recently have been playing with multi-band wire antennas, ran into a ham who told me about the ZS6BKW dipole, a G5RV re-engineered and optimized using EZNEC. I love it.

Mobile rig is a Yaesu FT-857D with a suite of mono-band hamsticks.Gives me VHF/UHV in the mobile too. Let's me listen to aeronautical frequencies while on the road when the mood strikes.

Home Station

 

Photos here show current antennas in use - lots of trees behind my home, so all the HF antennas are wire antennas. 

Primary Antenna Mast  Secondary Antenna Mast

 

Wire Antennas

 

Occasional summer weekend operations location!! Picnic table and a ZS6BKW multi-band dipole!!  FN13xe .

 

Even do aero-mobile once in a while !! Tough to do single pilot, but when a friend is in the left seat, I get to play. VHF mostly. Dual-band handheld, a homemade 1/4 wave ground-plane suction-cup stuck to the inside of a window, and an interface to my aviation headset. Only problem is that when the headset hears from ATC, it blanks out the AUX feed from the HT. Working on a solution !!!

 

Mobile installation -- for those with that interest !!  Yaesu FT-857D with a bunch of mono-band hamsticks (need to update the photo, but same location for the control head).

Mono-band Hamstick and a VHF/UHF dual-band

'73 -

Kevin

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