5. QRP QUARTERLY (Spring, 2013) - "K2N - 2012 QRP CW DE-Xpedition Aboard the USS SLATER (DE-766)"

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Tony (W1ZMB), Ulrich (N2DE/DJ8GO), and I operated a special event station - K2N - aboard the only surviving World War II destroyer escort in the world that remains afloat and which has been restored to its authentic 1945 wartime condition.  The USS SLATER (DE-766) is permanently moored on the Hudson River at the Port of Albany, New York, approximately 100 miles north of New York City.
 
 
Ulrich is well known throughout the world as the inventor of the Begali CW Machine and the co-designer, along with Piero Begali, of the Begali line of telegraph keys.  Tony  and I are are much less famous.  We are both IBM retirees who have developed an intense fascination with QRP CW operating using simple wire antennas. 
 
Our "excellent adventure" was published in the Spring 2013 issue of QRP Quarterly (Volume 54, Number 1) and it is reproduced here with the permission of QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRP ARCI).  You can view it here:
 
 
  
You might also enjoy viewing a couple of Youtube videos we made.  The first one is of the actual event aboard SLATER; the second one is a followup trip that Tony and I made to show the SLATER from the air.
 
 
 
  
 
 
Below is a picture of us.  Note that we are all in the traditional Navy work "uniform of the day" -- jeans and a blue chambray shirt with a ball cap or a white hat.  Tony is on your left; Ulrich is in the center; I'm on your right.  Behind me is a vintage 1945 RBC regenerative receiver.  To the far right is a very rare RCA TBL-8 transmitter.  This vintage equipment works and is used sparingly - for example Museum Ships Weekend - by the SLATER under her own amateur call sign WW2DEM ("World War Two Destroyer Escort Museum").
 
For more info, please visit their website at www.ussslater.org