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Important QSLing note:  I'm not sure why there is any contention about uploading logs to LoTW so that others can enjoy chasing ARRL and CQ awards.  There are well known DXpedition ops who REFUSE to QSL electronically.  My logs get uploaded live no more than a day or two after making the contact.  Most the same day.  So here's my deal: if I receive a PAPER QSL card, I am happy to QSL in return - if and only if a digital QSL has been sent via LoTW as well.  Nope, even though I try to keep them relatively up to date with my logs, eQSL and QRZ don't count. No LoTW, No Paper.


Since first licensed in 1977 as WB2MAE, David has always found amateur radio an effective 'diversion' from the pressures of life. The trip from Novice to Advanced took place over a 12 month period while at Ramapo High School (@ WA2UYB), finally upgrading to Extra in 1983 as a diversion from school work while attending The Ohio State University (@ W8LT).

David was next licensed as NW2D. At that time, he was interested in contesting and computing, spending a good deal of time at N2AA (K2GL QTH at the top of Tuxedo Park, NY) working on antennas. A duping program was soon written and run during the 1987 CQWW. Raw scores had always been shared on 3830 after the contest. That year, the score was reported clean. Within a matter of 3 minutes after the close of the contest. Custom logging programs followed including CQWW, ARRL SS, and ARRL DX that were only shared with close friends KR2J (now W5OV) and WI2W. Another software success was the Jersey City Keyer. Written for both beginner and seasoned contester, this PC based program did it all! MFJ bought it - and killed it.

When the vanity pool opened up, David decided to take a call that was reminiscent of the big contesting days: NA2AA

Contesting is the part of ham radio that David loves the most. Radiosport! From modest efforts at his home station, to operating some of the BIG contest stations such as N2AA (@ K2GL) and N2RM where winning the US was fairly commonplace. VHF contesting was alot of fun with the crew at K2BAR. David's real fun has come operating in the Carribbean at stations V26B and PJ4G / PJ4X, where David is now a member (see www.pj4g.com and Facebook @pj4radio) The picture above was taken at the end of ARRL DX SSB 2013 - tired, but well worth it - the 3 man team won the World M/2.

David's home station is fairly simple - given the bias against towers in his town!  The station comprises of 2 Elecraft K3's linked by a microHAM MK2R+  along with a Ten-Tec Titan 425 amplifier into an OCF dipole at 50' for 10-40m and a full sized 80m vertical made from a 60' Spiderbeam aluminum push up mast with the incredible DX Engineering tilt over base.  For Satellite, a Yaesu FT847 into circularaly polarized Cushcraft A27010S yagis with SSB preamps and a Yaesu G5500 rotor with an LVB tracker for automated tracking.  For digital, the MK2R+ has great sound cards, and for the FT847 or when operating from Bonaire, David uses the RigExpert TI-5 which again has an excellent sound card.  It has held up very well running RTTY pile-ups from PJ4 into Japan where the pile-up was over 20KHz wide!  David's digital activities from home center around RTTY and JT65/FT8!

David is also a bit of a CW fanatic.  More than 90% of his contacts (not including the many thousands of phone contacts from PJ4) are all using CW.  His favorite paddle is - far and away - the Begali Pearl.   He uses the 'camo' version with the K3's and a 'chrome' version with the FT847.  Nothing comes close in feel or size - or beauty in engineering.

David loves listening to code and is a collector.  He collects Vibroplex Bugs and Electric Specialty Mfg 'Cedar Rapid Bugs'. His favorite is his Vibroplex 100th Anniversary Original bug with the VariSpeed arm accessory. David is always on the lookout for pre World War 2 Vibroplex bugs in exceptional condition, as well as some of their rare models or odd-ball color bases. And the Cedar Rapids bug is cool as it seems to be the only one ever offered in kit form! Again, he is always on the lookout for those bugs in excellent to new condition. His Cedar Rapids bug collection includes original boxes, a metal carrying case, and documentation.

David belongs to the following CW organizations: (come on people, KNOW CODE!)

CW Ops (Life Member) # 1198 (see cwops.org)

NAQCC (Life Member) # 6781 (see naqcc.info)

SKCC (Life member) #10947 (see skccgroup.com)

David is also a member of the ARRL, AMSAT, and the Frankford Radio Club. GO FRC!

See you on the air!

Other family members:  Daniel Minster, KC2SBV (Father),  Jeremy Minster, KE0BPY (Brother)

Using his FT1000MP as V26AA on 15 meters at V26B for CQWW DX SSB 2001.

Running 2m for ARRL 2001 June VHF Contest at K2BAR from the top of Nike Overlook Park in FN31ab.

Running a pile-up on 6m for ARRL 2003 January VHF Sweepstakes at W2DTA's new station in FN20wv. Tony is on 2m. (Sadly Tony is now a SK)  He was a very hard worker, a ham radio fanatic, and a great friend. 

This was the view of the antenna farm at K2GL in Tuxedo Park, NY circa 1985. The first super station David ever had the opportunity to operate from. Some interesting antennas? Look just to the lower left of the house. That is stacked 10 over 10 element yagis on 10 meters! A laser beam to Asia! Just beside the house was 5 over 5 element yagis on a Big Bertha rotatable tower. Just amazing antennas! And radios! And operators!

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - NA2AA
Latest Contacts for NA2AA at QRZ.com
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PJ4/DL5LYM 2017-11-21 160M CW Bonaire
HA0NAR 2017-11-21 160M CW KN07so Hungary DR. LASZLO RADOCZ
TO2SP 2017-11-21 80M SSB FK87ov St. Barthelemy Polish DXpedition 2017
KH7XS 2017-11-21 80M CW BL20ma Hawaii Big Island Contest Club
LZ1QI 2017-11-21 40M CW KN12pr Bulgaria PETKO PETKOV
6W1SU 2017-11-21 40M CW JJ00aa Senegal Ronald E. Vadeboncoeur
PJ4/DL5LYM 2017-11-21 80M CW Bonaire
TO2SP 2017-11-21 40M CW FK87ov St. Barthelemy Polish DXpedition 2017
K0ACP 2017-11-19 80M SSB EN73tr United States Arthur C Peters
N4ZY 2017-11-19 80M SSB EM56tq United States DANIEL G REIMER
K1GG 2017-11-19 80M SSB EM97uf United States GORDON G GARRETT
K8CC 2017-11-19 80M SSB EN82eh United States DAVID A PRUETT
N9GUN 2017-11-19 40M SSB EN52wa United States THOMAS E O BOYLE
KF9US 2017-11-19 40M SSB EN55dq United States Philip J Hejtmanek
AB4B 2017-11-19 40M SSB EM64it United States TIM L WININGER

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United States Counties Award#4393
Granted: 2016-08-31 05:06:02   (NA2AA)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 500 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 500 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#7711
Granted: 2015-03-31 03:05:02   (NA2AA)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
United States Award#987
Granted: 2015-03-31 03:00:05   (NA2AA)

Endorsements:
  • 160 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#6462
Granted: 2015-03-31 03:00:04   (NA2AA)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    160 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    6 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 80 Meters Digital
DX World Award#1609
Granted: 2015-03-31 02:55:02   (NA2AA)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Digital
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