NewYear-2014: Some changes: The "high" 6m7 was not usable between the others up there and the roof/tripod 6m7 did finally "eat the relays" in my UPS. New 3rd tower, R25G at 48ft, has the 6m7 at 55ft and 9el for 2m at 49ft - both fed with LMR600 about 75ft from the shack window. Much better performance!
Sold the motorhome. New rover will be a "tower trailer" with a short 25ft crank up LPT from Force12. Intent is for multi visits to "North Central girds of Montana" AND DN34 during next season - 5el LFA for 6m with 1KW, phone & FSK/JT. More details will be posted to VHFROVERS and FFMA reflectors on Yahoo Groups, nearer to May/June. 73 to all.
NEWYEAR-2013: (I refuse to post any fire photos - it's too ugly!. QSL's will remain "green")
We suffered a forest fire here in MT on Aug 28-31, 2012. The home/garage/shop all stood - the ham shack/trailer got roasted. The main tower, 77ft of R25G "self-stood" thru 39 mph winds for 14 days before I laid it down with a crane on Sept 15. Many changes since then: New main tower is 96ft of R25G with 13ft exposed of 2" CrMo mast, it how holds the C-3 from Force12, the 6M7 for 6m tucked in the "middle", and the new Delta 240 from force12 just above the top plate. The new short tower, about 140ft away, holds a 105CA at 55ft and a new LFA 8el for 2m above it at about 64ft. both are fed with 7/8" Hardline to the base and LMR600 up the leg. The new ham shack is a new "room" in the corner of our shop building, double insulatedeven managed a small window! SPG is about 4ft from the back wall of this room, which now has 60amp of 240 AC installed as well. The station now is full QRO from 160m to 6m, thanks to the new SPE Expert 2K-FA solid state amp. Driven by a new IC-7600 for the same bands and a FT-857 into a TE Sys brick for 375w out on 2m. The new station computer is an Intel i7 with 32 GB of ram and a solid hard drive for programs and duel/RAID-1 TeraByte drives for storage and video editing. The 3-el vertical array for 80m self-stood as well (all philistran guys were burnt off) - but it is back up and fully operational for 80m phone now. I added another 6M7 on a tripod on the roof of the shop building, for a low antenna on 6m (limited to 1kw by UPS relays reacting to RF in the shack!), along with a 5-el dual bander for FM work, set vertical. I can now access a "not so local" repeater for the first time! I may write a book about "how to care for an insurance adjuster" or two.hi,hi. it's been a real experience/ride doing this rapid rebuild just before 22" of snow landed the day after we raised the towers. Tower work was done by Tower Tech, of Steve Morris fame. Now, finally, QRV on most bands and modes. Mostly doing 6m now Got 6 ?
June/2012: 6m upgrade is done!
Now have 7-el on 6m up and turning at 41 feet. Testing is done - vast improvment over the 4-el that has been there for the past 2 seasons. I also added a 5-el on 10m monobander while I was at it - at 35 feet. Hope to hear EVERYONE on these bands now! QSL remains 100% with SASE. Sorry, still only 100 watts on 6m band.that is next years' project - more watts! 7-800 on 10m.
Due to a fixed income level, I have to ask for your SASE when you QSL with my station.I do QSL 100% upon reciept of your SASE. I do NOT do EQSL or other online methods at this time and use hand logs only.
Thank you in advance. (Apr/08)
Just starting to make HF contacts from my new QTH. Located on the "east face" of the Continental Divide at 6,200ft elev. here in SW Montana.near Butte and Bozeman. Did over 20 yr in the Oil & Gas Industry all around the world and then sold BG Products until I retired last year - 2006. Lived in CA, AK, Canada (Alberta & BC), ID, SD, and now MT.Family is from CO and SD back around the turn of the last century The new station is an ICOM 756p3, FT100d, barefoot, with wires and a Force12 C-4 at about 75ft. Also have some VHF gear but not much activity here in this backwoods area. We are about 4 miles off the pavement. Have been a lic Pvt Pilot since 1964 with about 3,600 hr. Hope to hear you on the bands I DO send QSL cards.
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