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Hello the name is Jay , KB8O.

I am a Master finish carpenter , as well as a Helicopter pilot in Cleveland.

I enjoy the antenna performance and testing side of the hobby as well as DXing and contesting.

The SteppIR DB-11. It's on 45 feet of Rohn 25G with a Yaesu G-800DXA Rotor. I feed the SteppIR with LMR-600 Coax. You can see one leg of my low band loop about 40 feet above the beam.

SteppIR Beam with 1100' low band loop antenna feed point off in the distant left, one point of the loop is dog boned to the right side of the beam in the tree.

I moved to a new QTH in the middle of 2014, the old QTH didn't allow for low banding so the current setup here for low band is a 1100 foot loop antenna which is pictured below. The loop performs extremely well on all bands and is 2 wave lengths on 160m.

The loop feed point is at 70 feet.

The loop in average is near 70 feet when pulled up high in low winds, and near 50 feet when weather gets bad, and is feed with about 65 feet of 450 ohm ladder line, into a DX Engineering 1:1 10kw balun with about 15 feet of LMR400 to the shack. The loop shows a 1.1:1 at 1.825mhz and looks very good on most of the bands above.

K1N Navassa Island  (loop antenna)

 Lord Howe Island  (loop antenna)

In the shack is a Icom 7600 with a Heil pr-781 Mic, going to a ALS-1306 1.2Kw into a Palstar HF AUTO. 

Second desk is a Yaesu FT 950 , AL80B 1Kw into a Palstar AT5K.

ALS-1306 , HF-AUTO.

Icom 7600, M-7600 meter, LP-100A meter, Icom 880H for local 2m-440 work, Yaesu G-800DXA controller, SteppIR SDA-100 Controller, Kent paddle, Mic is a Heil PR-781.

Older pictures from the last QTH below...


This is how I started my radio hobby in the beginning with a medium scale VHF/UHF/SHF contest station. I used all M2 antennas and did pretty well in a noisy location right in the city. The bands were 6/2/222/432/1.2ghz.

I am also a member of Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group, as well as Lorain County Wireless Operators (NW8S). I am the IT manager for both of these groups assets. 

I spend most of my time on HF either DXing or Contesting.

73, Jay KB8O

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