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**** Image above is near Alaska's Denali atop the Ruth glacier at 8000 ft. Got there by airplane with ski's on it that landed on the glacier. You can see the tracks where the plane landed. ****

The Center of Westford, MA

Operating on 80M thru 70CM

"I am often asked how radio works. Well, you see, telegraphy over wire is like a very long cat. You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? Now, radio is exactly the same, except that there is no cat." --- Albert Einstein

 

The shack now includes an ICOM IC-7700 with Heil Proset Headset Mic/Bencher Iambic paddle, Also an ICOM IC-7100 for basically 2M and 70CM all mode, and backup All band. Amazing little box. MFJ-1261 Mic switch for both radios. ACOM 600S (6M to 160M), LDG AT1000ProII Autotuner with M-1000 Analog Display. With three very well placed wire antennas (detail of antennas below) I can now work anything I hear. Added MFJ-267 1500W Dry Dummy Load/ Wattmeter. Also moved and upgraded the 6 meter beam, now a M2 6M5XHP 5 EL at 40 ft.on an 18ft. boom, away from and off the house to a place near the end of the hardline, 332 ft. from the house, and in the woods, amongst the trees. See picture below. See you on the airwaves.
 
Misc. Davis Vantage View weather station, Radioshack el cheapo rotator for 6M beam. Antennacraft rotator for 2M and 70cm antennas. Ameritron RCS-4 antenna switch.SEC 1235 Power Supply for 7100 and misc 12V needs. MFJ-564B key for 7100, Bencher BY-1 keyer for 7700. Recoton audio switch for two radios. New Comet CAA-500 Mark II antenna analyzer. Awesome little device. Second SEC 1235M power supply.
 
Note the new floor. Shack was completely removed, cleaned and put back with new floor. Cables were neatened up and mostly off the floor for easy cleaning..
 
 
 
The shack with Old Timer.
 
 
Wire Antennas at K2KA: (some pictures below)
 
Dipoles:
 
G5RV broadside NW/SE  at 70 ft  fed by 400 ft. 7/8" heliax, 200 ft. RG213 via RCS-4 Coax Switch to shack
 
G5RV  broadside W/E  at 60 ft.  fed by 400 ft. 7/8" heliax, 150 ft. RG213 via RCS-4 Coax Switch to shack
 
G5RV broadside NE/SW at 60 ft. fed by by 400 ft. 7/8" heliax, 175 ft. RG213 via RCS-4 Coax Switch to shack
 
*** Best G5RV antennas are built by Amateur Radio Supply. Rugged, insulated wire, quality built. Best G5RV I've ever owned. http://www.amateurradiosupplies.com/g5rv-antennas-s/56.htm

 

As a six meter frequenter, I very often post spots on six. Sometimes I'm identifed too. In this case spotting KP4KD/W4.
 
On June 13, 2016 from 1305Z to 1648Z we had an epic opening to EU on the "Magic Band", 6 meters. I worked 57 stations and 7 new countries. Was quoted in the weekly ARRL K7RA sunspot report. 
 
 
The M2 6M beam 5 el. on 18 ft. boom. Rotator is Radioshack elcheapo. Cabled to Remote Switch and then to shack via 7/8" hardline. Antenna is now 332 feet from the house.
 
 

Connected via an Amertron RCS-4 Remote Coax Switch which interfaces the 7/8" hardline and connects three G5RV dipoles and 6 meter beam to the shack.

 

 
 
The latest addition to the shack, Icom IC- 7100 basically for all mode 144 and 432mhz work. Installed a Comet GP-6 for repeater work and  2M  (Cushcraft A148-10S) and 70CM (Cushcraft A719B) beams that are rotatable. The radio is really slick, all mode, 160-70cm. Amazing little box. May do some portable / mobile work too.
 
 
 
 
 
Above is the Cushcraft A148-10S and the CC A719B on a Rohn T36 roof tower and an Antennacraft rotator. It's fed with two runs of RG213 (LM400) coax. Also pictured is the Comet GP-6 for FM.
 
 
 
 A G5RV dipole at 60 feet (NE/SW). 175 feet of RG-8 to remote coax switch and 400 ft. of 7/8" hardline to shack.

 

 

 

New antenna at Barn, 60 ft. in center G5RV/ZS6BKW broadside WNW/ESE. 150 ft. RG213 buried to the remote coax switch and then 400 ft/ 7/8" hardline to shack. You can see coupler where 40 ft of 450 ohm ladder line meets RG-213. Approx 20 ft. off ground, making the center 60 feet above ground. That's my XYL N1GTJ at the base of the antenna.
 
 
 
 
Above is not very good picture of new G5RV classic at 70 ft. broadside NNW/ESE, (Dipole config) expertly sling shot atop a dead pine tree by my local slingshot Professional and friend  KB1WSR (Ray) . Fed by 200 Ft. of RG213 to Remote Coax Switch, 400 ft. 7/8" hardline to the shack.
 

Worked VU2NKS with my modest station on 12M Long Path RTTY.....Wow!!!! Thanks Nand.

 

 

 

The above award 5 band DXCC is for 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 issued in 1981. Added 12, 17, 30 and 160 for 9 band DXCC.

 

The latest award, DXCC Challenge. Now at 1786 worked, 1582 confirmed. Took me 33 years to get this.

 

The 160 DXCC award all worked and confirmed when I had the 1/4 wave vertical on 160 with 120 - 120 ft. radials and an 800 ft. beverage, boy did that combo play on 160. Of course a KW too. Now at 119 countries worked/confirmed on top band.

 

Newest edition to DXCC 30 meters. 228 confirmed / 234 worked now. Making it now 9 Band DXCC. Next 6 meters.

 

 

Recently received 17M DXCC award (now 243 countries confirmed / 258 worked). 7th band DXCC.

Another DXCC 12M (234 confirmed / 240 worked total) making it 9 band DXCC. . Now working on 6M. That may take some time.

Another DXCC this one for Digital, mostly RTTY but some PSK and JT65. Currently at 195 confirmed / 205 worked on Digital.

Below is the ARRL DXCC LOTW matrix: (it should be noted that the band totals were restarted in 2014, except for 160 and Mixed)

** As of 12/11/2016

 # 160 Meter DXCC 11/4/1987, 80,40,20,15,10 5BDXCC 4/27/1981

BIO

Am retired from the phone company.

Originally licensed 1975 as WN1SSX, WA1SSX, AB1A in 1978, off for a while (2005-2013) back active on the HFs Apr. 2013. I have two adult children. My wife is also a ham, N1GTJ. When I got back into Ham Radio, my first radio was a used IC-718 and it was great, loved the radio. Put up three G5RV's dipoles at 50 to 70 ft. Upgraded to an ICOM IC-7410 and an amp/antenna tuner, now an IC-7700 awesome radio the best I have ever owned. Also just put up a 3 el beam on 6m, upgraded to a 5 el. First time ever on 6m. In honor of my uncle Dick who I was named after and got me interested in ham radio and was a BIG 6M AM guy in the day. I remember his setup, Gonset radio I think, or maybe a Clegg 99 with crystals. Remember crystal control?? Worked the major Aurora event in March 17, 2015 worked 13 states and Canada. Unbelieveable with beam headed north. 1857Z to 2121Z. Also the epic 6M opening to EU after the June VHF test, June 13 from 1305Z to 1648Z. I worked 53 stations in EU and 7 new countries.

I want to thank my uncle Dick W1ZSV (silent key) for getting me interested in ham radio and my friends Bob K8LJ and Steve K1ST and his wife Linda WA1RCA and Scott NU1C for giving the necessary guidance and a kick in the ass to get my ticket and finally to Extra Class. And of course my wife, N1GTJ, for supporting me over the many years, and for her understanding when I wanted to put up two 120 ft. towers one which was attached to her barn. Also recently when I decided to get back into ham radio.

In the late 70's and thru 2001 I had two 120 ft. towers one with TH6DXX and sloping phased dipoles using the guylines for 80M. The second tower had 2 element 40M beam and tower was 1/4 wave vertical on 160 with 120, 120 ft. radials. Had an 800 foot beverage for receiving. Of course a KW and many different radios from HW-101 to Kenwood latest radio for 1990's.

After nearly 33 years of ham radio I decided it was time to get a new call, K2KA. Granted on 26 April 2016. Thanks to the FCC for picking my app out of many who applied.

 

Dxpeditions to KP2, KL7, KH6.

 

See you on the airwaves.

73, Dick K2KA and Sue Ferry N1GTJ

 

New card for K2KA. Fixed typo, updates station,

New license plate.

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