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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 70 feet when pulled up high in low winds, and near 50 feet when weather gets bad, 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.

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.

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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