Welcome fellow Ham's to my profile.
My name is Mike, and I was first liscensed as a ham in 1994 as a Tech Plus operator KB0YMO at the age of 12.
I upgraded to General in 2002, but never had the opportunity for an HF station untill the summer of 2012.
In January of 2013 I upgraded to Extra, and checked the box for a new call sign, and was issued AD0CZ.
Please visit my youtube page to see my video's, including videos of my antenna's and shack. https://www.youtube.com/user/zryder98
I have been piecing together my modest station at my QTH in St Paul. The station currently consists of a Yaesu FT-7800 in the car, and a Kenwood TS-2000 in the shack.
Thank you for looking me up, and I look forward to meeting you on the air. I work digital modes and SSB primarily, though I am slowly trying to re-learn CW.
See you on the air!
This is my operating position. The computer is a home-built rig built into the desk off screen on the right. The computer contains a 4th generation Intel Core i7 4770k processor, 16gb of ram, a 120gb SSD, 2 Geforce GTX670 grapics cards in SLI, and is kept cool with a custom liquid cooling loop flowing through 2 360mm radiators.
3 24" 1080p monitors provide all the screen real-estate a guy could ever need.
Operating position, with my TS-2000, Yaesu G-400RC rotator controller with homebuilt K3NG Rotator controller interface, MFJ-564 paddles, Kenwood MC-60 mic, Signalink USB interface, MFJ-864 SWR/Wattmeter, Mirage B2518-G 2m Amplifier and LDG AT-100 Pro II tuner.
I have a roof tower with a 20' 2" Aluminum mast installed in a Yaesu G-400 rotor. The top of the mast is about 40' above ground. 5 antennas are currently mounted on the mast. When I put the mast up last fall, it had a home-made "Penta-beam" similar to a Hex-beam but with only 5 spreaders at 30'. This beam covered 20 through 10 meters. During an intense winter storm that knocked out power to 40,000 homes in the area, my Penta-Beam was damaged, and had to be taken off the roof.
This storm inspired me to build a better mousetrap, and the results of that is my new home-built SpiderBeam. The Spiderbeam is a wire yagi with 4 elements on 10m, 3 elements on 15 and 20m, and 2 elements on 12 and 17m. This beam is built using Aluminum center beams that support 1/8" wall fiberglass spreaders. The SpiderBeam is curently installed at 25'
I also have a Cushcraft 215WB 2 meter 15 element horizontal yagi at 40', M2 420-50-11 70cm yagi at 37', and a Cushcraft A50-5S 5 element 6 meter yagi at 30'. For the low-bands I have a fan dipole covering 80, 60 and 40 meters mounted to the tower, about 20 or so feet off the ground. Capping off the mast is a Comet GP-3 for FM work.
This summer I plan to install a slightly larger mast to the tripod in the rear, with a Yaeus G-800 azmuth rotator with a home-made elevation system driven by a linear actuator to aim a pair of antenna's, one M2 436CP42UG and a M2 2MCP22 for satellite and possibly EME work.
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