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Licensed continuously since 1959 with the same call sign. Originally from the little town of Hubbard in NE Ohio on the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. K8MPK works out to "Killowatt 8 Mister Paul Killowatt", issued by the FCC before vanity call signes.

 In addition to my NJ QTH, I also regularly operate a second QTH in NE NY on the west shore of Lake George at the following location: 32 Rock Cove Road (PO Box 510), Bolton Landing, NY 12814, Grid FN33. GPS Coordinates are N43deg34.59min W73deg39.09min in the eastern Adirondak Mountains. Radios at the NY QTH include Collins S-Line (32S1/75S1), Elecraft KX3/PX3, and FLEX-1500/TOKYO HY-POWER HL-45B combination all switch selectable to an Ameritron ALS-500M solid state amplifier. Antennas at the NY QTH include 1/4 wave slopers for 160, 80, and 40 meters going down the east side of my mountain and a 1/4 wave vertical for 20 meters (tunable through 6 meters) mounted on top of my aleuminum frame 2nd story sun room. The base of the vertical and the top of the slopers are all fed at a common feed point and matched with a home brew rotary inductor Pi-network tuner. I also have a rotatable 1/2 wave dipole for 20 meters (tunable through 6 meters) matched with a second home brew rotary inductor Pi-network tuner.

Radios at the NJ QTH include ICOM 718 DSP, Elecraft K3/P3, and modified Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. Antennas at the NJ QTH include a bent 130 ft long dipole fed in the center with 450 ohm window line and matched with an MFJ 962-D T-network tuner for 80 through 10 meters. I also have a ground mounted Hustler 5BTV vertical and a resonant 160 meter inverted L which share the same RG 213 coax feed and radial system and are matched with a home brew L-network tuner for 160 through 10 meters.

YAESU FT-817ND, YAESU FT-857, and YAESU FT-450 serve as my mobile/portable go-anywhere radios along with a Super Antenna manual screwdriver and a collection of other portable antennas for 160 through 6 meters. An ICOM IC-T90A is used for FM on-the-go.

Transmitter tuning is done into a dummy load and antenna tuning is done with an MFJ or Autek Engineering antenna analyzer before we pull the trigger to go on the air (I don't like to hear or be a "loony- tuner" on a frequency I'm trying to operate).

Most of my operating is SSB.

I operate occasional AM from my NJ QTH with my K3 and AL811.

I operate AM from my NY QTH with a vintage Collins station consisting of 75A1 receiver and 32V2 transmitter. The 32V2 can also be optionally paired with a Hammarlund SP600 JX21 receiver. I also operate AM from the NY QTH with a Collins 75A2 receiver along with a Heath DX 100 transmitter. The DX100 can also be optionally paired with a Hammarlund HQ129X receiver.

As of Friday 23 Janurary 2015 I have completed the process of restoring a Hallicrafters HT44 transmitter to go with my SX117 receiver. The HT44/SX117 twins are now operational at my Lake George NY QTH, also switch selectable through my ALS500 amplifier.

Most receent addition to the boatanchor collection is a "like new" Colins 75A4, SN5634, unmodified and in perfect working order.

Remember, real radios glow warmly in the dark and keep your shack nice and cozy in the winter. HAVE FUN!

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Grid Squared Award#4789
Granted: 2015-02-27 18:25:03   (K8MPK)

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World Continents Award#5774
Granted: 2015-02-27 18:25:02   (K8MPK)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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