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I have been operating HF mobile, and backpack portable originally using an FT-857D, but in February 2014 I replaced it with an Icom ic-7000.  The Yaesu developed a problem where it would remain on for only two seconds.  It could not be repaired at a reasonable cost so I bought the Icom 7000 and a new LDG tuner.  I am not at all pleased with the IC7000 for portable use.  It works well on the bench, but not under a tree.









Split Rock Lighthouse, ARLHS USA 783.

On the North Shore of Lake Superior, 45 miles NE of Duluth is Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, preserving and interpreting this beautiful lighthouse.

If you like lighthouses and plan a trip to the North Shore don't miss a visit to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. This spectacular lighthouse has served the shipping industry well and now tells its story to thousands of guests each year. Learn more here.

In Duluth I sometimes activate the three lighthouses on the Ship Canal:





On July 24, 2011 I completed a project of operating portable from each of the city parks in Duluth. It took 18 months, and all seasons to do this and it was a great adventure where I learned a lot about my hometown and its natural and man-altered environment. Some parks, like Cascade are carefully maintained inner-city parks while others are wilderness areas where a sprained ankle or broken leg would mean a long wait for any possible rescue. I now hike with a walking stick to help assure a safe return.



When my rig is mounted in the trunk of my car I use this homemade vertical. 67 inches tall total, it is made with a 1/2 inch copper pipe mast under the coil, a fiberglass mast above and the whip from a Hamstick out the top.

The originial coil is shown at left. In October, 2012 I rewound it using rg-58 and replaced the spiral wire on the FG shaft with a braided cover from rg-8 coax then wrapped with electrical tape.









These are a few of the 131 Duluth City Parks I have operated from since the Spring of 2010.

Cascade ParkChester ParkBrighton Beach

Old Main, Duluth, MNChambers GroveRose Garden




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