I was first licensed in Lexington, KY in 1961 as WN4CTC and upgraded to General a year later. In 1974 I upgraded again to Extra class. My first rig was a Hallicrafters S-120 and a Johnson Viking Adventurer. It was fun staying up all night to work DX ( California ). I later upgraded to many different Heathkits and finally settled on a Drake C line.
In 1976 I transfered to Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a Customer Engineer with IBM. In Florida I joined the South Florida DX Club, put up a 70' tower and several antennas. After a lightning strick, I upgraded to a Kenwood TS-940 sat. In 1990 I transfered again to Atlanta, GA with Service Education and retired from IBM in 1993 after 28 years of service. In Georgia I put up an 85 ft. tower with a KT34XA and 402CD. I moved back to FL in 1995, acquired a 2 acre plot of land in West Palm Beach, build a house and put up a 100' tower with the XA and 402. After passing up the vanity call allocation in 1976, I decided to apply for a vanity call in 1996 and received K4LM, my first choice.
In 2005 hurricane Wilma hit West Palm Beach ( I even went out side when the eye was over our house ). The front side of the hurricane did no damage, but the back side folded my 100' tower at the 60' level dropping the afore mentioned antennas. My smaller 50' tower did OK but the wind stripped the elements off my KT34A. I left the tower at 60' and salvaged enough KT parts to make a KT34A and put it on the 60' tower.
I added a Kenwood TS-590s to the station in 2012. My amp is an old Denny Amp (LK-500) made for a local radio store owner WA4RFC. It has a pair of 3-500s that are over 30 years old and a weak power supply, but it still puts out 800 watts. Using Yagi for Windows I built a 5 element beam for 6 meters and put it on the other tower. The antenna works great. I added an old TH6DXX to the 6 meter tower after raising it to 60 ft
I have an old Force 12 -17/12 dual bander to put up in the future. On the low bands I use an extended double zepp for 40 meters (165'). It works great on 160 thur17 meters. The KT-34A is coming down off the other 60 ft tower ( now70 ft.) and the 12/17 and a Yagi for Windows designed 4 element 20 on a 28' boom ( 9 dbi gain across the band with less than 1.3:1 SWR ) are going up in the future. I also have a 30 foot free standing tower I use for testing antennas before I put them up on the high towers.
When it is all said and done, I should have one tower with the 12/17 and 4el 20, one tower with the 5el 6 and TH-6DXX and the short tower with the KT-34A. In addition, I will have several slopers andan extended double zepp strung between thetwo 60 ft fowers.
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