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​First licensed in 1983 as G4RFF (a callsign which I still have). Japanese reciprocal callsign: JH1GGR. 

Radios: Yaesu FT-1000 Mark V, Yaesu FT 897D (for backpacking ops), Elecraft K3 and K3/0 and k3/0 mini (for remote operations), TS 590S (also for remote operations) and TS 480 HDX (for tooling around with a small 200W radio)

Morse keys by GHD Telegraph (Japan) and JH1JCQ

Amplifier: Expert 2K-FA

Antennas: four stack of multiband antennas designed and built by WU2X.  Each antenna has a 36 ft boom with true monoband performance. 4/4/4/4 on 20m, 6/6/6/6 on 15 m, 7/7/7/7 on 10m. All on a 150ft rotating tower by K0XG. All 4 antennas are switchable in many configurations.

On 40m I use a stack of 4/4 full size 40m antennas (JK Grand) at 176ft and 106 ft on a second 180ft K0XG Rotating tower (pics above). On that same tower I have a pair of JK 5 band Navassas, primarily used as mult antennas at 43 and 73 ft. The Navassas allow me to stack 2/2/2/2/2/2 on 20/15/10/17/12 and 6m.  I also have a dipole at 143 ft for 30m on that same tower. Thanks to WU2X all of these antennas have been optimized using HFTA and NEC4 to secure maximum performance of these antennas at this location.

The station seems to work very well. With his excellent operating skills, N5DX used the station at N2QV to get the highest USA score in the CQWW CW 2015 contest. A great result!   Read Kevin's story here. http://zf2dx.com/blog/cqww-cw-2015/

In 2016, N5DX operated CQWW phone and CQWW CW from N2QV.  Kevin got  the highest USA score in the phone contest, http://www.3830scores.com/showrumor.php?arg=N1aUzOggscsqhand secured the second highest score in the CW contest.  Read N5DX's write up and feel the pain and gain of a world class contester!  http://zf2dx.com/blog/cqww-cw-2016/

In May 2016, Kevin operated the N2QV  station entirely remotely from Arkansas in WPX CW 2016 and secured the highest USA score.  Another great result.  http://zf2dx.com/blog/running-remote-and-wpx-cw/

Just a couple of months earlier, Kevin operated N2QV remotely from Arkansas in the 2016 ARRL DX CW contest, and achieved an outstanding score, coming second in the USA. Here is the write up. http://zf2dx.com/blog/arrl-dx-cw-2016/

Here is a short video of the two stack set up that is used at N2QV:


On 80m we use a 4 square antenna system using 4 full length heavy duty quarter wave verticals by DX Engineering.

On 160m we have a 4 sq consisting of 4 self supporting aluminum towers from Universal Towers with 72,000 ft of copper radials. The antenna was custom designed and optimized by WU2X. Here is a view: 


For receive antennas we have a pair of 1000 ft phased beverages running to the NE, and two beverages running SW (720 ft) and SE (1000 ft).  We also have a dedicated vertical homebrew receive antenna deep in the woods primarily for 20/15/10 but it works on lower bands as well.  Remote operations using Green Heron Everywhere.

Here is a video of my 4 square installation:


73 de N2QV

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