I became interested in amateur radio as a teenager while attending Windham Regional Vocational Technical High School in Willimantic, Connecticut. The automotive shop teacher Earl White, W1VNI (SK) ran the amateur radio club. We didn't have any equipment but Earl taught us morse code and the theory for the Novice exam. I remember waiting to see if I had passed the Novice exam, it felt like an eternity. But the waiting paid off and in November of 1979, I was issued the call KA1DZV.
I set up my first station in the bedroom of my families home in Tolland, Connecticut. The station consisted of a used Heathkit DX-35 transmitter and a Realistic DX-160 shortwave receiver. The antenna was a 1/4 wave wire only about five feet off the ground. One of my most memorable contacts was working W1VNI after several failed attempts.
As I upgraded first to General and then to Advanced my station evolved as well. In the early 80s I had a number of important elmers including Tom WB1FVS & Stan KA1ZE (Ex WA1MAO). Both taught me how to work on towers, contesting, and life in general!
In 1981 I packed up my equipment and headed off to college where I was able to set up a small station on campus. After graduation I became mostly inactive except for my participation with W2SZ on Mt. Greylock each summer for the VHF / UHF contests . It wasn't until the late 80s while living in Haverhill, Massachusetts that I started to become active from home again. While in Haverhill I used a Kenwood TS830 and and a random wire strung in the attic of our condo and enjoyed working DX on 20m.
After getting married in 1993 and then purchasing a home in Townsend, Massachusetts in 1994, I finally had a place to start setting up a permanent station. The first tower went up in 1998 and in 2000 I upgraded to Extra and changed my call to N1SV. Iin 2007 I installed a 2nd tower with mostly VHF antennas.
In 2012 I became involved in the preparation for the 2014 World Radio Team Championships ( WRTC2014 ). The WRTC is an olympic style radio contest held every fours years, and in 2014 for the first time ever it was held in New England. I led a team of volunteers that included K1WHS, W1ZZ, WA1TAC, N1ZRG, W1ESR (SK), WA1HCO, N1MEO, and K1MC. We installed four of the 59 identical stations that the competitors would use. At each site we installed a 40-foot tower, antennas, generator, tent, and furnshings. All towers was raised using the falling derrick method. In the end hundreads of volunteers led by K1DG came together to make the event a huge success.