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I am active mostly on HF here in NE TX at this time. Acting as an NCS for the Daytime Texas Traffic Net (daytimetexastrafficnet7285.org) and checking in regularly on the 7290 Traffic Net (7290trafficnet.org). I am now calling the first session on Sunday morning of SouthCARS on 7.251MHz at 0800 ET, and the Monday night edition of the Texas Traffic Net on 3.873 at 1830 Central time.

The KNWD TS2K is the primary radio. Behind it is a Drake L-4B.   

HF Antenna farm is growing quite well.   Loop for 75M fed with ladder line.  This one tunes 160-6M and is the main antenna for HF.  A 40M Moxon is up at 20 feet and fixed due east.  This is the antenna used primarily to call South Cars and check in when band conditions are marginal.  It is well worth the effort it took to get it right.  I also have the Anttron 99 up for 10-15M. Tower is up and holding up the 75M loop and the G5RV.  A friend of mine saw my issues with my VHF array (when the mast collapsed as we put it back up) and decided I needed something that would fold over and we built a layover 35 ft mast out of drill pipe.  This holds the Dual band Vertical, 8el on 432, 13B2, the Hentenna for 2M and the 4el 6M hybrid Quad 

The Tuscan has a new HF antenna.  It is a 392M from Great Lakes Antennas.  Billed as covering 3.5-30MHz with only an 80 inch whip this antenna works great for me. It is a 12" long by 1.5" with 3/8x24 threads on each end using a tap system similar to a bug catcher. I built the extension you see in the picture. I have tried a couple stingers on it and settled for the 10M Ham Stik tuned for 26.500. I also have used a 4 ft cb top loaded fiberglass whip on it and worked well.  I have a recently purchased a '93 GMC 3500 custom van.  This has a High Serria Sidekick, the MFJ dual band, and a 6M Hamstik (yes I know it is officially Hamsexy).  I have an Alinco DR605 and an Alinco  DX70TH in it.  

 

This is bad. This is what happens when you build a G5RV for 100 watts run 500 through it. A valuable lessson learned. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!! Fire is bad, very bad. It looked to me like there may have been just enough insulation missing for an arc to happen. At 100 watt power levels this wasn't an issue, HOWEVER with the voltages present at the feed point at higher power levels it was. I build all of my antennas now with the idea that I would have 1000 or more watts running to them including my VHF antennas.

 

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