DAVID A MINSTER
Important QSLing note: I'm not sure why there is any contention about uploading logs to LoTW so that others can enjoy chasing ARRL and CQ awards. There are well known DXpedition ops who REFUSE to QSL electronically. My logs get uploaded live no more than a day or two after making the contact. Most the same day. So here's my deal: if I receive a PAPER QSL card, I am happy toQSL in return - if and only if a digital QSL has been sent via LoTW as well. Nope, even though I try to keep them relatively up to date with my logs, eQSL and QRZ don't count. No LoTW, No Paper.
Since first licensed in 1977 as WB2MAE, David has always found amateur radio an effective 'diversion' from the pressures of life. The trip from Novice to Advanced took place over a 12 month period while at Ramapo High School (@ WA2UYB), finally upgrading to Extra in 1983 as a diversion from school work while attending The Ohio State University (@ W8LT).
David was next licensed as NW2D. At that time, he was interested in contesting and computing, spending a good deal of time at N2AA (K2GL QTH at the top of Tuxedo Park, NY) working on antennas. A duping program was soon written and run during the 1987 CQWW. Raw scores had always been shared on 3830 after the contest. That year, the score was reported clean. Within a matter of 3 minutes after the close of the contest. Custom logging programs followed including CQWW, ARRL SS, and ARRL DX that were only shared with close friends KR2J (now W5OV) and WI2W. Another software success was the Jersey City Keyer. Written for both beginner and seasoned contester, this PC based program did it all! MFJ bought it - and killed it.
When the vanity pool opened up, David decided to take a call that was reminiscent of the big contesting days: NA2AA
Contesting is the part of ham radio that David loves the most. Radiosport! From modest efforts at his home station, to operating some of the BIG contest stations such as N2AA (@ K2GL) and N2RM where winning the US was fairly commonplace. VHF contesting was alot of fun with the crew at K2BAR. David's real fun has come operating in the Carribbean at stations V26B and PJ4G / PJ4X, where David is now a member (see www.pj4g.comand Facebook @pj4radio) The picture above was taken at the end of ARRL DX SSB 2013 - tired, but well worth it - the 3 man team won the World M/2.
David's home station is fairly simple - given the bias against towers in his town! The station comprises of 2 Elecraft K3's linked by a microHAM MK2R+ along with a Ten-Tec Titan 425 amplifier into an OCF dipole at 50' for 10-40m and a full sized 80m vertical made from a 60' Spiderbeam aluminum push up mast with the incredible DX Engineering tilt over base. For Satellite, a Yaesu FT847 into circularaly polarized Cushcraft A27010S yagis with SSB preamps and a Yaesu G5500 rotor with an LVB tracker for automated tracking. For digital, the MK2R+ has great sound cards, and for the FT847 or when operating from Bonaire, David uses the RigExpert TI-5 which again has an excellent sound card. It has held up very well running RTTY pile-ups from PJ4 into Japan where the pile-up was over 20KHz wide! David's digital activities from home center around RTTY and JT65 - which will soon be taken over by FT8!
David is also a bit of a CW fanatic. More than 90% of his contacts (not including the many thousands of phone contacts from PJ4) are all using CW. His favorite paddleis - far and away - the Begali Pearl. He uses the 'camo' version with the K3's and a 'chrome' version with the FT847. Nothing comes close in feel or size - or beauty in engineering.
David loves listening to code and is a collector. He collects Vibroplex Bugs and Electric Specialty Mfg 'Cedar Rapid Bugs'. His favorite is his Vibroplex 100th Anniversary Original bug with the VariSpeed arm accessory. David is always on the lookout for pre World War 2 Vibroplex bugs in exceptional condition, as well as some of their rare models or odd-ball color bases. And the Cedar Rapids bug is cool as it seems to be the only one ever offered in kit form! Again, he is always on the lookout for those bugs in excellent to new condition. His Cedar Rapids bug collection includesoriginal boxes, a metal carrying case, and documentation.
David belongs to the following CW organizations: (come on people, KNOW CODE!)
CW Ops (Life Member) # 1198 (see cwops.org)
NAQCC (Life Member) # 6781 (see naqcc.info)
SKCC (Life member) #10947 (see skccgroup.com)
David is also a member of the ARRL, AMSAT, and the Frankford Radio Club. GO FRC!
See you on the air!
Other family members: Daniel Minster, KC2SBV (Father), Jeremy Minster, KE0BPY (Brother)
Using his FT1000MP as V26AA on 15 meters at V26B for CQWW DX SSB 2001.
Running 2m for ARRL 2001 June VHF Contest at K2BAR from the top of Nike Overlook Park in FN30.
Running a pile-up on 6m for ARRL 2003 January VHF Sweepstakes at W2DTA's new station. Tony on 2m. (Sadly Tony is now a SK)
This was the view of the antenna farm at K2GL in Tuxedo Park, NY circa 1985. The first super station David ever had the opportunity to operate from. Some interesting antennas? Look just to the lower left of the house. That is stacked 10 over 10 element yagis on 10 meters! A laser beam to Asia! Just beside the house was 5 over 5 element yagis on a Big Bertha rotatable tower. Just amazing antennas! And radios! And operators!