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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 recently moved to a new QTH and the current setup here 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 in average is near 90 feet and is feed with about 55 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.

In the shack is a Icom 7600 with a Heil pr-781 Mic, going to a AL-80B into a Palstar AT5K tuner. 

My old qth was on a very small lot and low banding was not an option there so for starters this loop is currently the only antenna I have installed. Some pictures of the old qth are as follows below.

This is the Steppir DB-11 which worked very well at the old qth. Gaining about 55 feet in elevation at the new qth and getting away from the city should make for a good new home for the DB-11. This antenna along with a 50 foot tower will be a spring project for me.

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 6/2/222/432/1.2

A picture of the old shack at the old qth. 

 

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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