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Hello World.

My name is Kevin. I was first licensed in April 1986 as a novice with call sign KA1OIC and later that summer received my technician license in July 1986 and aquired call sign N1ERS. I was active on VHF and UHF bands from home and mobile. In the past I often volunteered for public and emergency events or training, the main one being the Boston Marathon. After taking a extended break from the hobby for many years I have dusted off the radios and have become active again. With all the FCC license changes during my time off I have been grandfathered into a general class license. Lucky me!

My first HF radio was an Icom IC-706 and still have it to this day. My new current rig is an Icom IC-7300 that runs into an Alpha Delta DX-CC (10/15/20/40/80m) dipole or a home made 80m/17m dipole via an MFJ 993B tuner. The microphone is a Heil HM-12 which provides excellent audio. As you would expect, I've managed to work around the world and even get through a pileup of a DXpedition or two, all with just 100 watts. I am also using Ham Radio Deluxe ver 6.4.0 for rig control, logging and HF digital. I update logs to LoTW, eQSL.cc and QRZ.com every few weeks to a month.

My other radio is a Kenwood TM-D-700 dualband running into a Diamond X510HDN dualband omni antenna with 8.3vhf /11uhf db gain at the peak of the roof about 30 feet up. It does an excellent job geting out except to the east southeast where I have 200 foot hill in the way. (I'm working on moving the hill but progress is slow.)

I've recently entered the world of DMR by purchasing a Connect Systems CS751 handheld and CS800D dualband mobile. Our local club has recently put up a 2m DMR repeater extending DMR coverage into central MA. My time using DMR has been fantastic. The various talkgroups allow for instantaneous linking from statewide to as large as worldwide. Most activity seems to be on the local to regional talkgroups during commute times. Audio quality is always good and static is a thing of the past though falls a bit short of a clean 25 Khz FM signal. But spectrum effeciency is far better as you can have two simultaneous QSO's on a single frequency. This is a good thing on the very crowded 2m band in New England. 70cm is limited in our area due to the local PAVE PAWS radar site on Cape Cod.

I am a member of the ARRL and the Mohawk Amateur Radio Club. If you are a ham in the north Worcester county area of Massachusetts you should check them out at www.mohawkarc.org. Also you can generally find me on the Gardner, MA repeater of 145.37 PL 136.5 (linked to Fitchburg 145.45 PL 74.4) (both on IRLP reflector 9122) and 146.52 simplex (give a call or listen on 146.52, you never know what you might hear).

Far below is a list and maps of other 2m and 70cm repeaters I can work from home. If you are in the area maybe I'll catch you on one of them. Also below are a few pictures of my 'shack' which for the time being only takes up the right half of my desk.

73

Kevin

My Shack

The Antennas

Alpha DX-CC (closer top) and home made 80m/17m dipole (further bottom)

Both at about 35ft/10m average. Little hard to see the wires but they are there.

Here is a shot of the 2m/70cm antenna at the peak of the roof and another look at the Alpha Delta DX-CC.

Here are some stock images of my station equipment

It all starts with the

Icom IC-7300

Icom 706

Next in line is the

MFJ 1026 Deluxe Noise Canceler

(because I live in a RF hostile environment)

Which feeds into

MFJ 993B InteliTuner

MFJ 993B

And last but not least is the

Alpha Delta DX-CC

 

Alpha Delta DX CC

And for VHF/UHF I have the

Kenwood TM-D700

 

When I am out an about I use the

Connect Systems CS750/751 DMR/Analog HT

And in the mobile

Connect Systems CS800D DMR/Analog Dual Band

Local repeaters to my QTH. Click on each line or the menu in upper left of maps to see info on repeaters.

(maps do not display properly inside the HRD browser)

(green = good signal, yellow= average signal, red = marginal signal/listen only)

 

 

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