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ex Merchant Navy Radio Officer 1969 - 1993 and Radio ham since 1982. Generally on SSB and CW. I have two set ups, the primary one is a KenwoodTS480SAT and a Kenwood TS50S which is sometimes used for portable operation. Wire antennas are home made , one a half wave wire dipole cut for 80m and another cut for 40m and set as inverted V. Centre of both wires at about 12 ft above ground giving good 'NVIS' propogation.

The beam is new and is a 'Dual Home Pro' from Proantennas. The supporting mast consist of 4 x 5 feet sectionalised 32 mm diameter aluminium poles and allows the antenna to be mounted at 20 feet; it is positioned to radiate East/West. The 'Expert' amp won't tune this  antenna on 40m which is unfortunate; however, 6m to 20m are well covered and allow contacts to Australia/Far East in the easterly direction and USA/Caribbean in the westerly direction. The low height poses no problems for this antenna as it is designed to work at any height.

The linear amplifier is an 'Expert 1K-FA' which gives 1KW on full power and about 600 watts on half power; the drive from the TS480SAT is set at a minimum of 5Watts and depending on band selected, gives about 300W output which has been adequate so far.  Both transceivers are connected to the amplifier. 5 Mhz is not fitted to the amp, so seperate KT100 auto tuner can be switched in to either transceiver to give 100 Watts. I have no antennas for top band but this is not a problem.

Sasha (on left) and Oscar love playing with the ball - both 8 years old, brother and sister.





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