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     Thanks for visiting our webpage. My wife Elaine KB1VAJ and I live in Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Elaine has had her Technician Class License since 2010. I’ve had a General Class License since 1990 and passed the Amateur Extra Test on October 12, 2018. My former novice call was KB2JGD. 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. Interests include SKYWARN weather spotting/reporting, storm chasing, hamfests, attending weather conferences, collecting antique radios, radio station airchecks, travel, the Red Sox and Patriots.  N2KNL.com has been online since October 2016 and is part of www.RadioTimeline.com, the radio station tribute site since 1999.

    We operate a variety of radio equipment. For HF and 6 meters an ICOM 7600, 7300, 746PRO & 735 tranceivers. All radios have built-in automatic antenna tuners. On occasion we use a Vectronics HFT 1500 HF 160-10 meter antenna tuner with the 735.  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 Trunk System and Ham Radio analog/digital communications on a Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP Scanner. An expensive scanner running about $500 with a $75 amateur radio digital upgrade.


    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 use 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.

Tower-VHF Contest 1

Tower-VHF Contest 3

Tower: 2 , 6 and 10-15-20 Meters       40 & 80 Meter Dipoles.


New Amateur Extra Operators..

    (L to R) Dave N1DRS, Bill N2KNL, Jim N1VEQ & Bud KC2BUD all passed their Amateur Extra Class Exams at Near-Fest Deerfield, NH Hamfest on 10-12-2018.

Amateur Radio Contacts 1990-Present..

Worked 96 Countries 80-10 Meters so far from 1990-2018..

Worked 6 Countries 6 Meter Sporadic Es so far from 2011-2018. Trans-Atlantic Sporadic Es to Portugal, Spain & England..

Worked US & Canada on 6 Meters so far from 2011-2018. Sporadic Es, Aurora & Tropo..

Worked 10 States & 2 Provinces 2 Meter S.S.B. so far in 2018..

My first Dayton Hamvention 1990 with Gordon West (left) and Gordon with me (right) at Boxboro MA. Hamfest 2015.

September 12, 2018

  I purchased a 20 year old Cushcraft Model 4218XL 2 meter boomer yagi for $30 at the ARRL Boxboro, MA Hamfest last Saturday. The boom is 28 feet long. I also purchased 1,050 feet (about 350 feet each spool times 3) of LMR 400 Ultraflex with N connectors. A ham who sold it to me said it was from a Connecticut cell tower site. I’ve been to 50+ hamfests since 1990 and I never scored like this! Stuff goes for $1.50/ft. at Ham Radio Outlet. Not sure if I will install the 2 meter boomer at the top of the tower using the LMR-400, 70 feet from the top of the crank up tower to the shack. Total 160 foot run.


August 25, 2018

Farthest 2 Meter Tropo Contact So Far..

Moderate VHF Tropo Inversion this morning. QSO with Dave KJ4MCZ in Nelson, Virginia. 580 mile tropo. 144,200 kcs Signal S1 100 watts U.S.B. VHF Yagi up at 70 feet A.G.L.

Posted by Bill Kretschmer on Saturday, August 25, 2018


    Dave Kj4MCZ FM06 in Nelson, Virginia. 580 mile tropo. August 25, 2018 0932 hours EDT. Running a ICOM 746PRO 100 watts U.S.B. into a Cushcraft 13B2 Yagi at 70 feet A.G.L..


Harwich, MA to Nelson, VA

Surface WX last 24 hours ending 0800 local..

August 20, 2018

Tower Project Finished..




  Installation photos on the tower page..


Our A.P.R.S. Stations




Some of my favorite contacts since 1991



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)

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Special Events Station- Cape Cod Mini-Maker Fair 2015


Paul W1NP, Russ K1RTA and Bill N2KNL





Check out my Classic Radio Website..





ICOM IC-7600 HF/6M All-Mode Tranceiver

ICOM IC-746PRO HF/6M/2M All-Mode Tranceiver

ICOM IC-7000 HF/6M/2M/70cM All-Mode Tranceiver

ICOM IC-229H 2M Tranceiver

ICOM IC-32AT 2M/70CM Handheld

KENWOOD-TH-D72 2M/70CM – A.P.R.S. Handheld

KENWOOD-T-72A 2M/70CM – External G.P.S. – A.P.R.S. Handheld

KENWOOD TM-271A 2M Tranceiver





CU on 30 meters…


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N2KNL.com website online since 10/20/16

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