My station consists of Yaesu FT-847, Yaesu FT-1500M, Motorola Spectras for 2m, 70cm and 33cm, an Alinco DR-235T 220MHz mobile radio, a TNC-X for 2m packet operation and a SignaLink USB for digital modes. My antenna farm consists of vertical mobile antennas for 10m FM, 2m voice, 2m packet, 220 voice, 440 voice, 900 voice, a 6m loop, a 6m vertical, a 440MHz satellite antenna and a Hustler 5BTV with 17m add-on kit and 56 ground radials. I am planning to replace the Hustler 5BTV with another vertical antenna. Thanks to Matt Garcia, N5PTV, for all of his work and contributions to my station.
Matt and I installed a #4 copper counterpoise cadwelded to service ground, then put four 8' copper ground rods in the ground that are 12 feet apart. Those ground rods are cadwelded to the counterpoise as well. The #6 ground is cadwelded to the last ground rod AND the end of the counterpoise, then runs up to the shack bulkhead and is connected there with stainless steel hardware. All coax runs go to the bulkhead shown below through Polyphasers that are mounted to the bulkhead, with stainless steel hardware as well (to prevent corrosion).
Inside the shack is a copper ground bus bar that connects to the bulkhead. All equipment is grounded using #10 green ground wires.
I recently moved the shack from 2nd floor to 1st floor. I now have a 10' x 10' room vs. the 15' x 15' room I had, but everything has to be situated differently to accomodate the loss of that space.
Old Shack (2nd Floor 15'x15')
Operating Position (10'x10')
On top of the roof is a 900MHz vertical, 440MHz vertical, 440MHz satellite antenna, 220MHz vertical, 2m vertical (packet), 2m vertical (voice), 6m loop, 6m vertical and 10m FM vertical. I am going to sell the 440MHz satellite antenna and build a set of 2m/440 eggbeaters.
Installing the New Vertical
1. Dig hole for concrete base and trench for ground and conduit (feedline and antenna tuner control wires). DONE 4/25/15
Lay rebar and form. DONE Place angle iron for antenna mount. DONE 4/25/15
2. Pour concrete for antenna base. DONE 4/29/15
3.We let the concrete set and cure, then cleaned up the excess concrete from around the form and removed the form. We cleaned out the trench for the conduit. We placed one layer of dirt on top of the conduit, then laid CAUTION tape on top of the dirt, then added a heaping pile of dirt on top to cover and allow for settling. DONE 5/2/15
4. Finish laying conduit, dirt and CAUTION tape. 5/4/15
SKCC # 12626
P0DXS 070 CLUB # 1677
OMISS # 7409
OMISS - I will QSL with card (Bureau or direct), QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, HRDLog.net and ClubLog.org for all OMISS contacts.
DX - I will QSL with card if you have a QSL manager in the USA, otherwise I will QSL via QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, HRDLog.net and ClubLog.org for all DX contacts. If I send you a card with USD as per your QSL policy, I expect one in return. All cards sent to ARRL Bureau if requested.
Route 66 On the Air - I will QSL with card and SASE, as well as QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, HRDLog.net and ClubLog.org.
All others, I will QSL via QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, HRDLog.net and ClubLog.org. No card is needed.
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