PREVIOUS CALLS: KN5UYJ - WA0JBU - WB8BQL - WA1ZRS - T5CB (Early 1993, from Mogadishu)
I'm an antenna guy and so, when I hit 4-score in age, I decided to replace my entire HF antenna system with all homebrew antennas, looking to keep it relatively simple, yet pretty decent in performance. Seven months later the below is what I came up with and installed. As to how they've worked out, the proof is in the.........
#1 DXCC - Phone (353 confirmed)
LO-BAND, RECEIVE ONLY: Switchable Beverages - 660 ft NE-SW & 600 ft NW-SE
160M: Tower vertical - Omega matched at the base - Phillystran guyed - No radials (The 'puter sez it's about 240 'electrical' feet tall)
80M: Crossed & switchable Inverted Vs at 182 & 183 ft (Rarely need the Bevs for receive on this band)
40M: 48 ft Linear loaded rotating dipole at 200 ft
20-10M: LPDA at 188 ft
80-10M: 48 ft rotating dipole at 51 ft on a separate tower, fed thru a remote auto-tuner & a 1:4 balun, both just below.
Presently in use is a modified IC775DSP pushing an AL-82 amp, with a TenTec OMNI V as a spare.
After decades of living in or near the cities of Chicago, San Antonio, New York City and Denver, my present QTH is far from the madding crowd (Bene vixit qui bene latuit!), 15+ miles from the small town of Junction in the rural TEXAS HILL COUNTRY, an area that abounds with wildlife. So far, I've spotted: Black Bear - Mountain Lion (Black Panther actually) - Whitetail & Mule Deer - Bobcat - Javalina - Feral Hogs - Armadillo - Raccoon - Porcupine - Coyote - Red Fox - Pepi LePiew - Bunnies - Squirrels - Eagles - Hawks - Osprey (these like to roost on my HF LP at night, they fish in the nearby Llano River) - Roadrunners (Beep - Beep) -Turkey Buzzards - Wild Turkey - Horned Toads - Rattlesnakes - Coral Snakes - Tarantula - Black Widow Spiders - Brown Recluse Spiders - Scorpions - Centipedes. Some are fun, most are not.
I like both DXing and ragchewing, meeting new folks throughout the world, staying in touch with old acquaintances, give me a call if you hear me on. I reply QSL 100% by Buro or direct. 73, CB
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