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Join us compete in the CQ World Wide DX Contest Oct 27-28 UTC

The CQ World Wide DX Contest is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

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Work Party at the Shack on Sat Oct 13

We are holding a work party at the shack on Sat Oct 13th from 9am – 12pm.

On the agenda is:

  • Mowing and trimming
  • Organizing the workroom
  • Installing new door on furnace room

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Remember your hat,

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Shack Operating Hours

The station maintains regular operating hours for both members and visitors. We invite the public to visit.

  • Tuesdays 1 – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 6 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursdays 1 – 4:00 PM
  • Sundays 1 – 4 PM

If you wish to visit at other times,

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A look at our shack antennas


Our main HF Antennas are a 2 element Yagi for 40 meters (Force 12 Magnum 240N), and an 14 element 20, 15, and 10 meter (Force 12 C-31XR) multi monoband Yagi turned by an M2 OR2800 rotator atop our primary 100 foot tower. Our secondary 50 foot tower has a Cushcraft A3S triband beam and various VHF/UHF antennas.

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A look at our shack radios

The primary HF position has an Icom 7600, Tokyo HyPower Solid State HL-1.5KFX Linear Amplifier, and LDG AT1000Pro2 antenna tuner. The secondary HF position is a full Icom station using an IC-756 Pro 2 with matching IC-2KL 500 watt linear amplifier and IC-AT500 antenna tuner. A third operating position is primarily dedicated to VHF,

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New Shed Constructed at the Shack

Because of the generosity of Hy Gold, AB2VG, club members constructed a shed for the weed whackers and other lawn care items on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Frank Palecek, KC2TKD and Gary, K2GW transported the shed components to the site on Thursday, Nov. 10. A number of members participated in the project.

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XMLOG Installed on A and B Stations

We installed a the XMLOG logging program on both A and B stations. This program will do our general station logging and will keep track of awards such as WAS and DXCC. It also has a spots window with a band map that plots the spots. It also has a beam heading indicator map (with grey line) centered on W2ZQ.

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Shack Remodeling Update

Last evening Mark, Dom and Rory continued the shack work by installing the third operating station and pulling coax along with dc power to get the radios running. That will be know as the C station and currently has the Kenwood UHF/VHF radio that is connected to the South Tower Collinear Vertical.

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Shack will be ready for NJ QSO Party

Work is ongoing in preparation for the NJ QSO Party this weekend.
To ready the station and have two HF rigs operational, Bob – KB2GBQ, Mark – KC2TGM and Rory – NJ3U worked until 2300 painting, sawing and installing . Next step is the new computers and final shakedown of the rigs.

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