as of Aug 16th, we are NOW QRV from Molino, Florida, about 30 miles north of Pensacola
where we will be building the new Superstation.
Three big crankup towers will be installed right away, then followed by two 200 ft rotating towers. Plan is stacked arrays from 6m-80m and a 4 sq for 160m. This will NOT be a contest station, just my dream radio setup. The journey continues..... :-)
Please look for us on the air...... aloha to Hawaii..........it certainly was a fun 24 year ride.!!!
The FIRST of 8 permanent Towers went up at the new superstation location on 9/16/15 after two years of preparation waiting to move from Hawaii. Needless to say, it was a great moment. The second tower is slated to go up in a few weeks, once we get the tower preped with multiple rotors for the big stacks. The beginnings of my dream superstation....THE JOURNEY CONTINUES.....
Below : 3 Element 80M yagi is ready to go up on the tower. This antenna is massive. Can't wait to rock & roll on 80 meters. ( Dave, WD5COV delivered and took the lead in building the antenna. Thanks Dave.) Dave is a team member on the upcoming South Georgia/South Sandwich dxpedition in early 2016.
Big 80M yagi going up.
Looks awesome, pointing towards japan.
80 M yagi dwarfs the DB-18E antenna. Both at about 95 feet in this photo. The DB-18E has a boom of 19 feet compared to the 60 foot boom on the 80m yagi. Trombone elements are 49 feet, the 80m elements are 105 feet each. Plywood in forground is the covering for the hole that has been prepared for the K7UGA Skyneedle Tower. This will have the 6M EME set up. four 9 element Yagis on 50 foot booms on a M2 "H" frame. In the middle of the photo is the US Tower 5106, 106 foot crank up tower that will house the DB-42 stack. Thisd set up goes up around the first of November.
Tower just added with first of aTWO SteppIR DB-42 yagi stack. Second DB-42 should be installed by the end of November. Note the custom two motor TIC RING rotor near the top of the tower. It is actually on the top of the 4th section of 6 , so the spacing will be just right when tower is extended. A custom truss system was also fabricated thanks to Carl over at TIC RING Company. Thanks again for all the hard work Carl. The Journey continues.
80M yagi pointing toward Europe.
BELOW: Cable trench all covered up.
Towers are now going up. US Tower 589 110ft to the top of the mast . TOWER RUN UP ON 9/23/15.
Photo below was taken about 700 feet from the two towers. in area where the second 200 foot rotating tower will be installed. This tower will have 3/3/3/3 on 40m and 6/6/6/6 on 20 meters.
Below: the BEFORE photo of the Rotating base for the first 200 ft tower. The existing fish cleaning shack on the left will be enclosed to become an electronic control center for the 6 antenna Steppir stack array. Antennas will be from 30 ft to 180 feet with a 2 el 80m yagi on top at 200 feet. Plan is to have the sideing of the existing shed to match the workshop on the right. We are looking forward to the AFTER photo. hihi.
the start of the remodeling of the electronics shed for the first rotating 200 foot tower. Concrete pad will be next. This tower will have 6 antennas to start with, and then grow to 8 antennas. 6m-80m including 60M.
BELOW: 1200 feet ofnew Andrews AVA7, 1-5/8" Heliax going underground to feed 5 of the planned 8 towers.
On the ground are sections for two 200 foot rotating towers that will go up later this year. Small shed in the background will be enclosed to match the workshop building and shed in the photo. This shed will be about 10 feet from the base of one of the 200 foot towers and will house the remote/lightning control boards for the 6 antenna SteppIR stack coming soon. This shed already has A/C power and even water as well.
Below: photo of the property before the removal of 60-70 foot pine trees plus several Maple and oaks. The two trees next to the pool have also been removed.
Below is the first base to be installed. It is for the 106 foot crank up tower, HDX5106 by US Tower. This tower will be second in line to go up.
The Base for the US Tower HDX589 has also been installed. ( photos to follow).
Also, the hole for the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA Skyneedle tower has been dug and is awaiting the concrete base and rebar cage from Tashjian Towers. coming very soon. This tower will support a 6 meter EME "H" frame of four 70 ft boom 11 element M2 6 meter yagis.
Below is my temporary antenna set up. A US Tower, twin axel, mobile tower with SteppIR DB-18E at about 95 feet. Been getting very good signal reports so far.
Below is the planned layout for the towers and antennas. Things are looking much better now that all the trees have been removed and we can move onto laying out the feedlines. :-)
WARNING!!! Below is my Radio Shack Security Kitty. She takes NO Prisioners.
"DON'T MESS WITH MY STUFF"
New Op console , still making some tweaks, but happy with it so far. Large Flat screen is 48" for use with the Flex 6700 once I set it up.
The FTdx9000MP is for 80M use. One of the three TS-990's will be for mainly 6M EME set up.
below: Getting the amplifier section started at the new QTH.
Nice addition to the shack, the GeoChron GREY LINE timepiece.
Below: Center of photo- shows the two US Tower remote control boxes. These allow the raising and lowering of the two crank up towers remotely from the shack. Nice addition to the station console.
NOTE: QSL cards for Tov, T32TV can now be sent to my address below. Please be patient if there is a slight delay in getting your T32TV card since we are in the process of a big move.
Send QSL Cards for Tov to:
7020 Molino Road
Molino, FL 32577
QSL MANAGER FOR TOV, T32TV
TOV IS NOW ON WASHINGTON ISLAND, EASTERN KIRIBATI GROUP. VERY RARE IOTA OC-084
BELOW: KH6CG Station set up.
BELOW: One of three Kenwood TS-990S radios with Home Brew Programmable Function Keypad.
Four of the seven amps at the station.....
My Wife Eeee with her Ferrari birthday present.
new addition to the Collins S-Line, A COMPLETELY RESTORED 30S-1 AMPLIFIER.
THANKS TO TOM, K0EOA AND HIS WIFE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL COLLINS 30S-1 AMPLIFIER. I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE WORK AND EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THIS TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE........... !!!!!
DXCC from Hawaii QTH: 331 Entities ( Latest Entities = Navassa Island & Cocos Island TI9 )
Finally got DXCC Honor Roll from KH6 before the move to Florida. :-)
8 BAND DXCC
377 DXCC Confirmed from New Jersey QTH using WB2AYP callsign.
Thanks for looking..........
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