Welcome to the N2KNL HF Mobile Amateur Radio Storm Chasing Site !
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I’m Bill and my amateur radio call sign is N2KNL. My wife, Elaine, KB1VAJ and I reside in Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Elaine passed her Technician Class exam in 2010. I have a General Class License since 1991. I’ve been interested in radio since the 1960’s, listening to distant AM broadcast stations like WABC, WLS, WCFL and many others. I got my CB license in 1976 when it was the rage. I’m an avid TV-AM-FM DX’er since the 1970’s. Other hobbies are collecting antique radios, radio station airchecks, travel, the Red Sox, Patriots, SKYWARN weather reporting, storm chasing, hamfests and attending weather conferences to learn more about meteorology.
Home QTH / Harwich, MA, Grid FN41XQ
My first time at Dayton Hamvention 1990 with Gordon West (left) and Gordon with me (right) at Boxboro MA. Hamfest 2015.
HF Mobile/Storm Chase Vehicle
The 2003 FORD Explorer is equipped with a ICOM 7000, (706mk2g back up), Tarheel 75A screwdriver antenna and a TuneMatic Automatic Motorized Antenna Controller Tuner. There are two roof mounted Larsen 2 meter 5/8 wave antennas, one for the ICOM 7000 2 meter radio and the other for the Byonics APRS Tracker.
Storm Chasing Ohio to Missouri
APRS MOBILE KB1VAJ-9 / N2KNL-9
Elaine and I have Byonics Micro Trak RTG 10 watt ARPS Transmitters in our vehicles.
The shack has a variety of radio equipment. For HF and 6 meters I operate an ICOM 756 pro3, ICOM 746 pro and ICOM 706mkIIG Tranceivers. All radios have built-in automatic antenna tuners. On occasion I use the Vectronics HFT 1500 HF 160-10 meter antenna tuner. We recently purchased a new Uniden Bearcat BCD536HD Scanner. I use a KENWOOD R-2000 communication radio for Long Wave and AM DX’ing. Handhelds include a KENWOOD TH-D72 APRS 2m/70cm, KENWOOD TH-D7 APRS 2m/70cm (external GPS), WOUXUN UVD1P 2m/220 and a 1990 ICOM IC-32AT 2m/70cm tranceiver purchased in 1990.
TOWER / ANTENNAS
Elaine and I purchased a new Aluma Tower T50H Crank up/ tilt over Tower in 2011. It has been in service for 6 years now (2017). We have a Mosley TA-33M HF Yagi, Cushcraft A50-6S 6 Meter Yagi , Cushcraft 13B2 2 Meter Yagi and a YAESU G-800DXA Rotator. 40 & 80 meter dipoles center feed on their own 35 foot masts and run to trees on each side of the property. Three wired cameras are mounted on the tower. A Davis weather station wind sensor is mounted at the top tower section and a second on the chimney mast for backup when the tower is down for maintenance.
Elaine and I are members of BARC and PARC. I’m also a member of NEARC and ECARS.
NorthEast Amateur Radio Club, Wellfleet, MA. Club call N1ERC (Vice President) ;
Barnstable Amateur Radio Club, Dennis, MA. Club call K1PBO (Secretary) ;
Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club, Provincetown, MA. Club call WA1YFV ;
East Coast Amateur Radio Service, ECARS member #2856 (since 1991)
BARNSTABLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB K1PBO
Special Events Station- Cape Cod Mini-Maker Fair 2015
NORTHEAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB N1ERC
NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY-HIGHLAND LIGHT, TRURO, MA
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N2KNL.com website online since 10/20/16