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Previous call KA4SFD was in use from  9/11/2013 until 03/13/2015  with 10,468 QSO's, 195 Countries, and over 20,000 Lookups.

Hello Ham friends. I live on the West coast of Florida 50 miles north of Tampa. I started in radio in the mid 1970s. I am a retired firefighter and did constant radio communications over my 27 years with the FD. Got back into radio in 2011 and really enjoy Ham. So 73 to all and look foward to making lots of contacts and friends.

Primary Station : Yaesu FTDX 3000, Heil PR 40, Acom 2000A.                   Mobile : Yaesu FT-890, Hustler antennas.

Base Antennas :

Rohn 40' Push Up Pole, 2 meter G.P.

Tower #1 - 40' Rohn 25, currently empty.

Tower #2 - 50' Rohn 25, Homebrew 80 meter wire, Imax 2000 G.P. for local 10 meter.

Tower #3 - 75' Rohn 55, Mosley Pro 67-C3 - 8 band 7 element beam (see pictures below), Tail Twister Rotor, LMR 400.

Special Thanks To: W5IFN my Elmer, K4XS my contest Elmer, W8AMZ manufactured my first G5RV (Tom, now a Slent Key and will be greatly missed), N5SDO consultation on my towers, N0PWB and WX4CAZ my friends along with many others.

If you would like to send me a QSL card I would like to have it. However, at this time I am not sending them. So please dont waste a SASE.

Member : Florida Contest Group.

God Bless You and God Bless America.


My 2014 tower project. Rohn tower 55G 75', RT Razor Lifting System with a Mosley Pro 67-C3.

The Tower Crew

From left to right.

KK4TUO Leo - Concrete Forman and Assembly Tech

WV4R      Walter - Owner, Tower Monkey and Assembly Tech

KK4ZDS Wayne - Excavation Forman, Electrician, Welder, Tower Monkey, and Assembly Tech

Here is what I started with.

6' X 6 ' X 4.5' Base.  Then 6" above grade and bottom is 6" gravel for proper drainage.

Tower base was to far away for cement truck. Thank God for pumps. Total of 10 cu. yds. concrete.

5.5 cu.yds. concrete in base 21,000 lbs.

Custom guy wire anchors in 4' X 4' X 4' hole with 2' concrete in bottom of hole then back filled.

Now we wait 30 days for concrete to dry.

Assembly of Rohn 55G with fresh paint.   Rust-Oleum 7000 System - Cold Galvanizing Compound.

Dielectric grease on every joint.

18 volt Impact wrench comes in very handy.




70' assembled and ready to go.

Crane arrives on site.

KK4TUO Leo supervising crane operations.

Attached one section below top.

Up it goes.

Me getting the crane unhooked and straps off at 65'.

Me rigging temporary guys'.

Looking up the tower.

View from tower at 75'

Me working on RT Razor lift system some fresh wheels and paint.  

RT Razor lift set on tower.       Check out   rtinnovations.net

Conduit in ground for coax and rotator control cable. Also romex for 110v at tower base.

KK4ZDS - Wayne, the super human backhoe does it again.

110' conduit from shack to tower. Total 210' coax,  Jeffa Tech LMR 400.

Distributation box at shack. 110v , coax and rotor cable.

WX4CAZ Joe pulling cable.

Wayne welding bracket for electrical box at tower.

Electrical box at tower. Alpha Delta (Polyphaser type) surge protector for coax. Morgan Surge Protecter for rotator control cable. 110v power for Razor winch.

Grounding system staked out. 

Water jetting to sink ground rods. The ground rods are 6 -  8' x 3/4" copper pipes

Trench with ground rods and #4 copper wire.

Ground wire attachment to ground rods.

Neatly placed in sprinkler valve boxes.

Nice, clean, and accessible.

Ground system attached to tower. Ground wire is in insulator to avoid abrasion and contact with concrete.

Tower legs are wrapped in stainless steel to prevent reaction from dissimilar metals. Copper clamp to galvanized tower leg.

Me drilling custom plate to mount wench to tower for Razor.

Mast 6061 T6 Aluminum 2" OD .375 wall thickness.

Four big boxes arrive from Mosley and unpacked. Some assembly required.

Me with the front driven element.

Boom to mast bracket.

Stacking one element at a time.

KK4ZDS Wayne on lower guys. The top 35' of the upper guys are Phillystrand. Everything else 1/4" EHS.

K4XS Bill tensioning guys. Bill also provided much appreciated technical support.

Finished guys.

Me headed up for a few final adjustments.

Everything looks good up here.

The  Pro 67-C-3  project finished at last. Three months from start to finish.

Thank you to everybody that contributed to this project it could not have been done without you. Projects like this give you a greater appreciation for all the knowledge that other HAMS have to offer. And then in turn we hand down to others.

Special thanks to KK4ZDS, Wayne, my friend and right hand man. Perhaps I was his right hand man, hihi. The countless hours and late nights we spent working on this project together was a great experiance, very educational, lots of hard work, and we had lots of fun along the way.

God Bless



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Grid Squared Award#10685
Granted: 2016-02-17 20:29:03   (WV4R)

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