Please call me"Chris"
We are located on the first ridge West of the Tennessee River at an elevation of 1200 feet above sea level. We can see the North Carolina mountains to the East, Lookout Mountain, Georgia to the South and Signal Mountain, Tennessee to the West. Hixson, Tennessee is on the West side of Chickamauga Lake which is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority series of lakes on the Tennessee river. Hixson is a part of Chattanooga, Tennessee
I am originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Then I lived in Lake Worth, Florida for many years.
Over thirty eight years ago I became interested in ham radio. I bought a Yaesu FT-101EE but only used it for 11 meters for a short time and then put it in the closet forover thirty years. In July of 2009 after spending many months of boring inactivity with our family business, I decided to pull the old 101 out and see if it would still work. I put up a long wire and began listening. By August I was hooked and began studying for my ticket. In October two days after my 64th birthday I passed Elements 2 & 3 and became "KJ4PGR". On December 12, 2009 I passed Element 4 and became "AJ4UO"
I can't believe I waited 30 years to get my ticket.
My radio is a FT-950 and one of my antennas is a multi band, center coax fed, inverted V dipole antenna made of 2" wide nylon & stainless braided horse fence wire, through a Yaesu FC-301 tuner. The antenna is 50+ feet high. I have a "US Tower" MA-550MDP tower w/ a Tail Twister rotor by Hy-gain and a Cushcraft A4S beam with the 40 meter kit. I have a home brew 6 meter X-Beam. I built it for less than $25.00 and it works well on 6 and 2 meters. Google it and build one for yourself you won't regret it.
I spend most of my evenings on 40 and 80 meters. I'm not into DX but I have made some very interesting contacts.
We have a great group of repeaters here in the Chattanooga area. These repeaters serve both Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia since parts of Chattanooga border the Georgia state line. With the advantage of the 1200 feet elevation here it is not uncommon to hit repeaters 150 miles away with my 1/2" copper J-pole. My 2 meter rig is a IC-2100.
I have just bought a "Baofeng" UV-5RA dual band hand held radio at a local ham feist. For $75.00 you cant go bad, programing cable and all, can't beat it. I built a 2 meter J-pole from 1/2" copper pipe for use here at the shack. We have some great go-to-work and go-home-from-work QSO's on 2 meters. I also have a Ringo Ranger I rebuilt from new parts from MFJ.
Who knows where this hobby will lead me. I want to build some HF antennas and experiment with them and maybe build a solid state amp. I built an 80 thru 6 meter "terminated Di-pole" and I am not happy with the performance It's still a work in progress.
There are more photos of my tower base and antennas on our club web sight www.w4am.org look at tower base and antenna" posts" for the photos.
The last photo shows the tower at it's lowest position. The large ladder line is the terminated dipole.
The "x-beam" 6 meter and 2 meter beam with the 2 meter "J-pole" mounted on top all home brew and use them daily.
Hope to meet you on the radio.
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