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Featured picture: GAP Voyager IV DX vertical  at K2KA. 45 ft. tall works 160 to 20M. Three 57 ft. radials. Went vertical thanks to help from Matt KC1XX (XXTowers).

The Center of Westford, MA

Operating on 160M 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

 

 
Rigs: IC-7700 with Bencher BY1 Key

          MFJ-1261 Mic switch with Plantronics CS-520 wireless binaural headset (shared with both radios)

          IC-7100 with MFJ -564B Key          

Amp: Acom 600S

Antenna Tuner: LDG AT1000 Pro II with M-1000 analog display

Antennas at K2KA: 2 - G5RVs (pics below)
                                   M2 6M 6M5XHP 18 ft. boom 5 El. at 40 ft. (pic below)
                                   GAP Voyager IV DX Vertical 45 ft. tall with three 57 foot radials (new)(pics below) for 160, 80, 40, 30, 20M
                                   Cushcraft A148-10S (2M) and the CC A719B (70CM)
                                   Comet Ground Plane for 2M, 70CM FM

Antenna Coax Switch: Amertron RCS-4 (for all antennas except 2M and 70CM)

Misc: Radioshack Rotator for 6M beam
          Antennacraft Rotator for 2M and 70CM antennas
          MFJ-267 Dummy Load
          Recoton Audio Switch
          2 - SEC 1235 Power Supplies
          Comet CAA-500 Mark II Antenna Analyzer

          Davis Vantage Vue Weather Station

          

Just added second computer terminal, keyboard and mouse for IC-7100 access. No more stretching to access the computer while on the 7100.

 
 
 
 
The shack with Old Timer.
 
      
 
 
 
Contest Wins over the 30+ years of operating, mostly in the 70's and 80's:
 
ARRL 1978 10 meter Contest 1st place EMA
ARRL 1981 June VHF Contest 1st place  multi-op NH with W1FC group on Pack Monadnock
ARRL DX 1982 40 meters 1st place phone EMA 
ARRL 1983 160 meter phone 1st place EMA
ARRL 1989 10 meter phone 1st place EMA
 
CQWW DX 1981 80 meter phone 4th USA, 1st place W1
CQWW DX 1982 80 meter phone 3rd USA and W1
CQWW DX 1986 160 meter phone 1st W1 and 3rd USA
 
IARU 1981 Radiosport 1st phone EMA
(pictures of awards are below)
 
During these contests I looked like this:
 
 
 
Wire Antennas at K2KA: (some pictures below)
 
Dipoles:
 
G5RV  broadside OC  at 60 ft.  fed by 400 ft. 7/8" heliax, 150 ft. RG213 via RCS-4 Coax Switch to shack
 
G5RV broadside AS at 60 ft. fed by by 400 ft. 7/8" heliax, 200 ft. RG213 via RCS-4 Coax Switch to shack
 
Good thing about dipoles, they are SP and LP same time.
 

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As a six meter frequenter, I very often post spots on six. Sometimes I'm identified 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 two G5RV dipoles, the new GAP vertical and 6 meter beam 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.
 
 
 
 

 

GAP Voyager DX 45 ft. tall assembled waiting to be put up. Has three 57 ft. radials.

 

GAP Voyager up.

GAP Voyager Top Hat. You can see the copper wire that goes all around the three tubes.

Antenna at the 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.

Below is the walls of QSLs and Contest Awards / DXCC awards:

 

 

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

** As of 5/20/2017

 # 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 2016 June VHF test, June 13, 2016 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 friend and ELMER, Bob K8LJ  for the 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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