PARKS On The Air!

N3HAL and I activated Sunken Meadow State Park K-2147 on November 24th.

The park is located on the north shore of Long Island approximately 50 miles east of New York City.

Unfortunately the weather was not suitable for extended operations. The temperature was about 40 degrees not including the wind chill factor, full cloud cover and the threat of rain.

Our equipment was N3HAL’s Yaesu FT991 at 100 watts and our antenna of choice yesterday was the MFJ-1979 multi-band vertical fully extended for 20 meters. 

Placing the vertical on a cheap camera tripod about 2.5 feet above ground with 16 1/8th wave radials got us amazing results from points south and west as far as Montana.

   A special thanks to all stations who worked us! 

Next Planned Activation

Our next attempt at a POTA activation (wx permitting) will be on December 1st  at Nissequogue State Park K-2114. If we are going to activate, look for the information to be posted here:

73 de KE2YK and N3HAL


Don’t Miss A Chance to work one of the most famous Fire Boats in the world, FIREFIGHTER.The fireboat Fire Fighter is a living and fully functioning example of the “blood and guts” era of FDNY fire fighting in New York Harbor.

Present for nearly every maritime emergency in New York City’s history during her time in service from 1938 to 2010 with the City of New York Fire Department, the Fire Fighter has seen both herself and her crew decorated for valor more times than any other fireboat.

Her roles in some of the 50 major multi-alarm fires she battled during her career have become the stuff of legend among the marine community. 

The Long Island CW Club, W2LCW (  is proud to make an alliance with Firefighter and her organization and will operate from the boat which is now located in Greenport, Long Island NY, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its commissioning. On Saturday November 17, 2018 between the hours of 1500-1900Z,  W2LCW will operate CW and SSB stations on 40-10m and will choose the best bands depending on conditions.

Frequencies used will be spotted on clusters and a special free certificate can be obtained by visiting W2LCW on   More information about Firefighter can be found on their museum website: