The QRP photo above was taken along the Paumonok Trail in Rocky Point, NY at 40 56.373N 72 57.371W.
Please QSL direct to the address above. I QSL direct 100% for all first time complete QSOs. No need to send me stamps or SASE. I run about 25 watts to a wire antenna and operate mostly on 80, 40, and 20 m. about 10 wpm CW.
Here are four of my homebrew keys. The materials used for these keys are, from front to back, oak, bloodwood, walnut, and solid vinyl. The flexible arm is cut from a hacksaw blade. The knobs are wooden wheels for toy cars I bought in a craft store. All of the keys have refrigerator magnet material on the bottom to hold them to a matal plate I strap to my leg for armchair CW. For my type of sending these keys have a very nice feel to them and I use them regularly. All of my keys, besides the ones shown here, are set up with RCA phono jacks for simple and quick key changes.
Here is a display case I made for more of my homebrew keys. The top shelves have keys yet to be finished.
Here is my backup station in a "go-box" that is used for W2RC special events. The station is mounted on a board that lifts out of my homebrew carrying case. I use it from time to time as my base station. You can see it on my desk in the photo above.
Here is my backpack QRP station in its homebrew carrying case. The transceiver is a KX-1 and runs about 2 watts. The big spool on the right holds my 26 ft end fed antenna and counterpoise. It also holds the string used to haul the antenna up a tree.The smaller spool holds the wires for the earphones and homebrew mini-key. I live about half a mile from a 5250 acre wildlife preserve owned by NY State. It is a nice place to bike, hike and do some outdoor radio. This property was the location of the RCA Radio Central transmitter facility, in it's time it was the largest transmitter site in the world. Quite a contrast - running 2 watts into a 26 foot wire from the same place decades earlier RCA was running hundreds of thousands of watts into miles of antenna!
I am a member of SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) and a past manager of the SKCC SKS (Straight Key Sprint) and the WES (WeekEnd Sprintathon). I originated and initially managed the SKCC Mystery Sprints and the SKCC Monthly Brag. I originated and currently manage the CW Fun Events (http://cwfun.org). My other ham radio activities include participation in International Marconi Day and Radio Central Day for the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club (http://rcarc.org).
I am a retired high school chemistry teacher (33 years) and have also taught physics and mathematics for many years. I hold Master's degrees from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stony Brook University. My other hobbies include computer programming (my ham radio freeware is at http://cwfun.org/zip), woodworking, mountain biking, and day hiking.
SKCC #2099T NAQCC #2049 GORC #428
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