California FreeMason and Past Master
Been in amateur radio since 1976 and have held several call signs as I moved and upgraded. Original was WB6CHP and that was during the TV show "CHIPS" about the California Highway Patrol so my phonetics were kind of "pre-chosen" for me. Then was KF2XL as I upgraded and moved to New York under contract. Returned and got vanity call W6NYC since I liked my stay in New York. Finally, I had the opportunity to get my initials and was lucky enough to "win" the fight with four others.
Started by building the Heathkit SB-104 which served me very well for 25 years. Then on to the Kenwood TS-870... Always dreamed of having a Kenwood. That served me for 10 years, until 2011 when I just had to have the Yaesu FT-2000. Only the 100 watt model, but I am still impressed with the quality of this thing and the ability to "hear-them-work-them" with just that 100 watts.
Picture is out of date since I now use the Heil PL-2T boom, and my trusty old Unidyne Model 580SA mic. I loved the Kenwood TS-870, but really wanted the newer technology of the Yaesu FT-2000. One great rig. The 2k drives an Ameritron 811H on seldom occasions, and out to my Gap Titan DX antenna. Would like a 30 foot tower with a Hex-beam on top, but too darn old and too darn scared to climb and put it up myself....
Update - 6-12-16. Hooray! Talked with Leo, great guy, and then my K4KIO Hex arrived. My 30' aluminum tilt-over tower from Palco is on the way (won't have to climb). Also bought new rotator cable from K1CRA Radio Store, another great guy and wonderful service. Bought new coax from HRO for the Hex and for the 40 meter inverted vee that will be near the top. Got some of the extra items that are needed. Lots yet to do and things to buy, but maybe within a month, the Hex-Beam will be up!
Update - 6-25-16. All preparations are completed and all necessary parts and pieces to erect the tower and antenna are gathered. Total dollars spent for the entire project is $2,516.99. But, haveing sold the MA5B antenna and GlenMartin short tower for a total net of $532.03, the net for the tower, antenna and all items necessary for the install totals $1,984.96. Now, just waiting for the tower that I was told should ship on the 28th of this month... Fingers crossed.
6-29-16.. Wrong!... Called Universal Tower and found that they are backed up four days. Says my Tower will probably ship Monday. Darn!
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