Radios: ICOM IC-7600 & IC-7000
Audio: Heil PR-781, Heil Proset Elite-IC, W2IHY 8-band EQ & EQ Plus
Digital Interface: IC-7600 USB connection, SignaLink USB, Ham Radio Deluxe, DM780
Amplifier: Ameritron AL-1500
Tuner and Antenna Switch: Palstar AT4K
Antennas: SteppIR DB18 at 65ft for 40m through 6m, 80m horizontal loop at 30ft, Hi-Z amplified four-square receive for 160m 80m 40m, Diamond X200A for 2m and 70cm
QSL Info: 100% QSL through LOTW. QSL direct ONLY with SASE, IRC, or green stamps. QSL via buro for all cards received via buro, or from on-air requests for cards.
My QTH is forty miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona in the mountain grasslands of Sonoita at 5,000ft elevation. Above is one of my other hobbies, my Lancair 360. This beautiful airplane was built by Keith Fowler, W6BCQ. The picture below was taken from my front porch. The four-square receive antenna is located 500ft away from the transmit antennas on top of the nearest grassy knoll in the picture.
This picture, taken by KE7ILW, shows KW7XX and I working on final assembly of my SteppIR DB18 as daylight fades.
The SteppIR DB18 is mounted on a house bracketed 50ft Rohn 25G tower. Using a tram system that I fabricated with a short section of Rohn 45G, the whole antenna, mast, and rotator assembly can be moved anywhere from rooftop level to 15ft above the top of the tower using an electric winch for ease of maintenance and extra height when needed.
The pictures below of me using this massive 80ft tall Collins discone antenna were taken at the Titan Missile Museum south of Tucson, AZ. This antenna was the primary communications antenna for this missile silo to keep in contact with the Strategic Missile Defense System. The folks at the museum were kind enough to work with a local ham club so that amateur radio operators may use the antenna during museum operating hours. I was able to make a few dozen DX contacts in the span of an hour on everything from 10m to 40m using this antenna.
More information about this antenna can be found at:
Remote area ham radio operation with my Jeep near Moab, Utah.
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