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 Tuesday night edition of the Texas Traffic Net on 3.873 at 1830 Central time
Added to the station, thanks to a conspiracy between Christine (my lovely Girlfriend), Doug KI4YOB, and Larry K4EB is a Yaesu FT450AT. 6M back in the shack! Great radio and I am having a blast with it. A new rig has been added to the station at KG4FET, A Kenwood TS 2000. It is an early run radio (2005) but what a great radio. It has some drawbacks but over all I am happy with it and having 100 watts 2m-160M and 50 watts on 70cm.
The KNWD TS2K is now the primary radio.
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 305 back up for 10-15M. Tower needs to go up and on it I will put the TH3MKII tribander and move my 6M 4 element Hybrid quad and the "new to me" Comet Dual band antenna and the 8 element 432 beam. The VHF array consists of a Hentenna designed for 2M SSB operation and can be used on 432, a 13B2 also horizontal, the 4element 6M hybrid quad (quad reflector 3 yagi elements)and a Comet Dual band for FM operation. You will notice an emphasis on "weak signal" antennas. I am not really into FM "dx'ing"
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 used a 4 ft cb top loaded fiberglass whip on it and worked well
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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