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QTH #1 AUSTIN, Texas, Travis county

QTH #2 WACO, Texas, McLennan county (GRID EM-11) 100 miles north of QTH #1 and 10 miles northwest of Waco, Texas (Most contacts are made from this QTH)

I got my license in 1978 and was active from 1978 to 1991.I retired the end of 2008 and decided to get active in the hobby again. At QTH #1 my rig is a1965 Drake T4X and R4A The amplifier is a Heathkit SB221.The antenna tuner is a new MFJ-986.

At QTH #2 the rig is a Kenwood TS590 and Toyko Hy-Power amplifier and a Drake TR4C. The external speaker is a Palstar SP30H.

Antenna at QTH #1 is a homebrew 15,17 & 20 meter 1/4 wavelength elevated vertical withtwo 1/4 wavelength radials for each of the three bands fed with 50 ohm coax at 15 feet above ground. The vertical radiators are 14 guage wire supported by a MFJ-1910 fiberglass pushup mast. The three 1/4 wavelength wires are secured to the mast with nylon ties and all are joined at the bottom to a RG213 harness. At least two radials were needed on each band to bring theSWR under 2:1.First picture is this antenna.

At QTH #2 the antenna is a homebrew 40m and 15m groundplane. This elevated vertical is 15 feet up with 4 radials.The four radials also serve as guys. Jan 2011 update. Three element yagi is up. Pictures of QTH #2 and tower raising project below. The yagi is a Wilson SY33 from the early 1980's completely reconditioned with all new stainless steel hardware. The tower is a 1980's Wilson 45 foot crank up tower.

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Pictures:

1.Groundplane at QTH #1.

2 .Sue (XYL) & James

3,4,5,6, & 7. Tower raising project at QTH #2. I used a 1/2 inch nylon rope and the winch on my utility vehicle to pull the tower up.

8. Me and XYL Sue enjoying rare snow in winter of 2011.

9. Rigs at QTH #1.

 

 

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