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Photo: That's me up at 150'; the tower is at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and is home of WTSC-FM and the K2CC/R analog and digital repeaters. (photo credit KC2LRC, Oct. 2008)

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.
-William Butler Yeats


WORKING CONDITIONS

Off the Air.


BIO

I was originally licensed in 2007 as KC2RPC at the Dayton Hamvention, which was an end-of-the-semester road trip made with my peers from the Clarkson University Amateur Radio Club, K2CC. After returning to the University for summer classes and a research position, I ended up connecting with the North Country Amateur Radio Club, W2LCA for Field Day. That summer I upgraded to General, followed by an upgrade to Extra at the beginning of the Fall 2007 Semester. I later changed my call sign to N2GZ capturing my initials and my then two-land call district.

I received degrees in Physics and in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in 2009 and then relocated to CT to pursue a career.


Greg N2GZ and Rosie WE2W, Dec. 2013


OPERATING HABITS

I am primarily a SSB operator, though I casually operate JT65, JT9, RTTY and CW. I hope to add other digital modes to the list soon. I enjoy chasing DX and contesting. I also enjoy operating on the VHF and above frequencies, though over the past few years I have been focusing on expanding my presence on the HF bands. I hold various DXing awards including DXCC Challange (1500), 8BDXCC and QRP DXCC (completed entirely with SSB QSOs).

Contesting: I casually operate many of the weekend contests, and I put in a competative effort for some of the larger contests, often in the Multi Operator categories with assistance from WE2W. We are members of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club. Also joining us from time to time are K1JR and KB1PXO.


HISTORY

Clarkson University (2007-2009)

Who says you can't have a ham station in a dormatory/appartment? To the right is the 2m/70cm base antenna I installed in my on-campus college appartment. The antenna is supported from some galvanized steel pipe that is mounted through 2x4s that are assembled to 'grip' the building without leaving any holes or marks. The bottom 2x4 is wedged into the window frame and is held in place by the window. The top is composed of two 2x4s: one on the outside of the window, the other on the inside; they are screwed to short sections of 2x4's cut to the length as the thickness of the wall such that they clamp to the wall. The antenna was fed by LMR-240 from my Yaesu FT-857D. I did not operate HF from the dorm; HF was operated from the K2CC club station.

The antenna stayed up for almost the entire semester and I was never contacted by campus facilities, or campus saftey and security to take it down.

The bird feeder [squirrel feeder] is mounted using existing holes that were in the building, this was cleared through facilities.

(Photo Credit, N2GZ March 2009)

 

When I was studying at Clarkson University I ended up assembeling what my friends called the Cavalier RF. All metal chassis components were bonded with 1.5 inch copper strap. The primary radio was a Yaesu FT-857D for 80m-6m, 2m and 70cm, Yaesu FT-1500 was dedicated for APRS, a Yaesu FT-8900 for crossband repeat (10m/6m/2m/70cm) and an Icom ID-1 was utilized for 1.2GHz. (While not present in the photograph a 2.4GHz antenna was also installed in the center of the trunk lid making the car a mobile wifi hotspot.)

The Cavalier RF was disassembled and traded in for a pickup truck in 2009 after I graduated. The pickup truck has been instrumental in transporting coaxial hardline, tower sections, and other surplus equipment to my QTH.

(Photo credits: KC2LRC, return trip from Dayton Hamvention 2009)

 


 

 

 

 

 

Groton, CT (2009-2011) 

I rented a small house with a small yard in Groton, CT. I was active as a small station on the HF bands with a simple dipole and a Flex-5000 radio.  I was most active on 6m, 2m and 70cm SSB during the VHF contests.

East Lyme, CT (2011-2017)

Tx/Rx Antennas:
•4 element 12m/17m Yagi (two elements per band) @ 112'
•12 element tri-band Yagi (3 elements on 20, 4 elements on 15, 5 elements on 10) @ 106'
•8 element tri-band Yagi (2 elements on 20, 2 elements on 15, 4 elements on 10) @ 33'
•7 element LFA2 beam for 6m @ 100'
•80m full sized 1/4 wave vertical over 60 65' radials
•40m/30m trap vertical over 60 32' radials
•40m dipole optomized for EU 
•40m 'low' dipole for domestic contacts
•160m inverted L, 45' vertical section fed from feedpoint of 80m vertical
•160m dipole @ 95' 

Rx Antennas:
•580ft beverage facing West
•580ft beverage facing North East
•2 phased 580ft  beverages spaced 200 feet facing South
•Rotatable active shielded loop antenna

Radio/Amplifier:
•Flex Radio Systems FLEX-6700
•RF Concepts Alpha 9500


QSL INFO

Please consider joining LoTW. Thank you if you are already a user!

I love QSL cards, and I will reply to all QSL cards recieved. Bureau cards are sent out at least twice a year. 

DX: Direct QSLs will be returned direct unless otherwise specified. Please also send a QSL for Rosie WE2W (ex KC2WQO) if you have made a contact with her. Cards recieved by the Bureau will be returned via the Bureau.

US:  Cards recieved with a SASE/SAE are processed first.

No form of payment or compensation is required or expected.  If you have the means to do so, a $1 contribution or 1 IRC and a SAE helps to cover my postage expenses to DX locations, for US stations a SASE is appreciated. Contributions that are recieved in excess of actual postage expenses are donated anually to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.
 
If you dont want a QSL card, thats fine too. I would still love to recieve yours if you have one to send.

LoTW: Logs are uploaded on a regular basis (usually at least once a week). I would still be delighted to recieve your paper QSL.

eQSL: Logs are uploaded once every few months. I would still be delighted to recieve your paper QSL, and would appreciate a QSL in LoTW as well.
 
Note: In effort to reduce the burden on the Bureau system, cards that appear to automaticaly be sent out by contest stations or special events are not always replied to. I do check over every card for PSE QSL or similar and will always respond when I see this message; handwritten or a different color is most likely to catch my attention. I sort and index all of my recieved QSL cards as well as cards sent; if you have sent me a card and not recieved a reply feel free to contact me via email and I will check to see if I have recieved yours and get one out to you ASAP.
 
Thank you!

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