Welcome to the N2KNL Amateur Radio Site
I’m Bill N2KNL and my wife Elaine KB1VAJ reside in Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Elaine has her Technician Class License since 2010. I’ve had a General Class License since 1991. I’ve been interested in radio since the 1960’s. I got my CB license in 1976. I’m an avid TV-LW-AM-FM DX’er since the 1970’s. Other hobbies are collecting antique radios, radio station airchecks, travel, Red Sox, Patriots, SKYWARN weather reporting, storm chasing, hamfests and attending weather conferences. N2KNL.com has been online since October 2016 and is part of www.RadioTimeline.com, the radio station tribute site since 1999.
I operate with a variety of radio equipment. For HF and 6 meters I use ICOM 7600 & 746PRO tranceivers. Both radios have built-in automatic antenna tuners. On occasion I use the Vectronics HFT 1500 HF 160-10 meter antenna tuner. Handhelds include a KENWOOD TH-D72 APRS 2m/70cm, WOUXUN UVD1P 2m/220 and a 1990 ICOM IC-32AT 2m/70cm tranceiver purchased in 1990. I listen to Police and Fire on Trunk Systems and Ham Radio analog/digital communications with a Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP Scanner.
Elaine and I purchased a new Aluma Tower T50H Crank up/ tilt over Tower in 2011 and has been in service for 7 years (2018). 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 fed on a 35 foot mast #10 wires 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 the second on the chimney mast for backup when the tower is down for maintenance.
A few QSL’s since 1991
Aluma Tower Installation
May 26 – June 6, 2018
Installation photos on the tower page..
HF VHF Mobile/Storm Chase Vehicle
The 2003 FORD Explorer is equipped with a ICOM 7000, Tarheel 75A screwdriver antenna and a TuneMatic Automatic Motorized Antenna Controller Tuner. 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. M2 6 Meter and 1960’s vintage Cushcraft 2 Meter Halo antennas for VHF Contesting on 50.125, 144.200 & 432.1 megacycles with the ICOM 7000 & 746PRO.
Photo location: Scargo Hill, Dennis, MA overlooking Cape Cod Bay & Plymouth Hills, Elevation 160 feet A.G.L..
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 ;
Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club, Provincetown, MA. Club call WA1YFV ;
East Coast Amateur Radio Service, ECARS Life 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
My first Dayton Hamvention 1990 with Gordon West (left) and Gordon with me (right) at Boxboro MA. Hamfest 2015.
Check out my Classic Radio Website..