I have been operating HF mobile, and backpack portable using an FT-857D due to problems getting an effective antenna up at the condo where I live. While a tower will not be in my future here I now have a pretty effective vertical installed out back of the condo fed by 125 feet of LMR400, a slightly enlarged version of the small mobile antenna shown below.
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.
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.
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.
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