Ham Radio – WT2P

Welcome!

This site is mostly dedicated to my passion/hobby, Ham (Amateur) Radio. I primarily focus on Contesting, however I am active in DX’ing. Primary mode of operation is CW (Morse Code) but am active in Phone and RTTY contests.

Please feel free to browse around, I also am active in drone flying and have taken a lot of pictures in various places around Chicago and beyond.

The station underwent a bit of an upgrade in late 2018/2019 and it lost a lot of weight! Now using Flexradio 6600 instead of the KX3 and IC-7300 and all the assorted outboard switching required for SO2R operation. See the old station here

Current Station Layout (2020)

Station 1 (Main): FlexRadio 6600 + Maestro – Full SO2R

Station 2 – Backup SO2R

  • ICOM IC-7300
  • Kenwood TS-940S/AT (with Piexx computer control interface)
  • DXDoubler SO2R Controller (with Piexx SO2Rxlat interface)

VHF

  • Q5 Signal 2M Transverter
  • RM Italy LA-144 Linear Amplifier

Other Equipment

  • SPE Expert 1K-FA Solid State amplifier
  • Alpha 76PA Amplifier
  • LP-100A Digital Vector Wattmeter with dual coupler option
  • Array Solutions Six Pack 2 radio antenna switch.
  • Green Heron Everyware wireless interface/software for antenna switching from any computer (local or remote).
  • StreamDeck programmable keypad to control various Green Heron switches
  • VA6AM High Power bandpass filters for 160, 80, 40 and 20 Meters
  • (New – Spring 2020) Homebrew coaxial stubs for 40 & 20 Meters, in parallel with the VA6AM HP filters to achieve greater isolation between these 2 bands.
  • Low Band Systems 40/20/15/10 1500W Quadplexer
  • Vibroplex and Bencher BY-1 morse code paddles

Logging: DXLab for general/DX logging, N1MM+ for contest logging.

Antennas

“The Antenna Room” – High Power Bandpass filters and SO2R antenna switch

160 (Winter Only): Reduced Half-Sloper, apex @ 45ft.

160-80M Receive (Winter Only):

  • NE-SW BOG (250 ft.)
  • NW-SE BOG (250 ft.)
  • E-W BOG (150 ft.)
  • N-S BOG (150 ft.)

80/15/10: Inverted V @ 30ft.

40/20: Inverted V @ 45ft.

6M: Dipole @ 15ft.

All band/antenna combinations automatically selected by Green Heron software driving the Array Solutions 6 x 2 switch.

Callsigns

1994-1998: N9YXA, 1998-2005: K9YO, 2005-Present: WT2P

DX Operations: 1997: Z2/N9YXA (Zimbabwe), 2016: P40XA (Aruba)

Also have operated remote as W3/WT2P, W4/WT2P, W6/WT2P

Interesting Links

Contest Awards Received

Previous Contest Results/Analysis/Audio

Want to know if I’ve been spotted on the air? WT2P RBN | WT2P/9 RBN

The WT2P Planned Contest Activities Calendar

Claimed contest scores for WT2P on 3830 Scores.

Articles

Young Contesters – The Promise of a Future (K7BV) [NCJ, 2000]

Contest Audio

WT2P Livestream | WT2P Contest Facebook Page

OLD: Raw Recordings (All)

Search WT2P contest QSO recordings archive:

 

Clublog Logbook

 

WT2P Activity (CW) – Reverse Beacon Network