I was first licensed in 1967 as a novice. Later that year, I obtained my general and then my advanced license on the same day. I upgraded to extra class in December 2011.
I have a number of antenna. My primary antenna for 20M thru 6M is a K4KIO hex beam. I installed it in June 2013, father's day, with the help of my oldest daughter Amy. The hex beam replaced a Mosley CL33 tri-bander that was installed in 1975, when I put up the tower.
I am a fan of wire antenna, fed with 450 ohm ladder line through home made 4:1 baluns. I use about 20 feet of coax from the Palstar AT2KD tuner to the outside baluns.
I use a 80M delta loop that is a triangle with the point down. The top wire is up about 50 feet. I feed it 2/3 up on the southern leg with 450 ohm ladder line.
I have a 564' loop up about 40 feet that I use for 160M fed with 450 ohm ladder line.
I also feed a 43 foot Zero-FIve vertical ground plane with 450 ohm ladder line. The ground plane is 10 feet off the ground with two 17 feet wire radials also at 10 feet above the ground. Here is a picture of the Hexbeam and tower.
My radios are a Yasue FT-2000 on the left, a Kenwood TS-590S in the middle and a Ten Tec Omni VII on the right. The top shelf shows my PC screen, the Palstar tuner and my 1971 Heathkit SB-200 amp.
I enjoy all the HF bands but you can usually find me on 17M, 20M and 40M.
I operate 2M and 440 dStar using a ICOM ID-880H. I also operate 220 with a Jetstream. You can see the Diamond 2M/220/440 antenna under the hex beam.
I QSL via LOTW and eQSL. I will send you a regular QSL card if you send me a stamped self-addressed envelope.
73s and good DX.......
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