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: 9 el 6m Yagi going up on the Mobile tower.
Below: 9 el 6m yagi at about 90 feet.
Below: SteppIR DB-42 at about 120 ft. the lower DB-42 will be placed at the Tic Ring rotor seen two sections down at 72 feet.
The lower DB-42 should be installed in January.
Feedline and control cables for the DB-42 stack.. Note the 1-5/8" Andrews Heliax coax to LMR600 up the tower to the stack match.
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: Before photo of what the existing shed structure looked like.
After photo of control shed with siding completed.
Pretty, cold moring at 28 deg F, frost on the pumpkins.
New SteppIR tower shed...
Below: Inside the SteppIR tower shed. The start of the CAT5e cable wiring for the 6 stack, triple/duel stacks, 3/3 over 3/3 over 3/3. Top pair, middle pair, bottom pair of 3 el steppIR yagis. The A/C strip will supply power for the SIX 33 volt power supplies for the remote/lightning control boards. Each board will be connected to a yagi in the 6 antenna stack array. Antennas will be from 30 feet to 180 feet on a 200 foot rotating tower.
Below: Hole ready for concrete for the first 200 foot rotating tower. The K0XG Pedestal base is seen in the background and is ready for placement once the concrete base is poured. This tower will have a stack of SIX 3 el HF antennas covering 10m-20m (including WARC) plus a stack of two 2el 80m Yagis @ 200 feet and 82 feet.
Below Right: Inside the control shed. these are the 6 remote/lightning boards for the triple/dual stacks going up on the 200 ft tower. antennas will be stacked from 30ft to 180 feet.
Below left: Shows control shed and rotating tower base. The second trench os still open. Housing two 250 foot runs of Andrews AVA7-50 1-5/8" heliax coax. These will feed triple stacks on 40M and 20m, monobanders. stacks will be 4/4/4 on 40meters and 5/5/5 on long booms for 20 meters. Top arrays will be at 200 feet. Also there is a 250 foot run of LMR-600DB to provide the first half of a 500 foot run to the full sized 160M 4 sq array going up this summer. These will be four rohn 25g towers at 132 feet each. The Journey continues....
Prep for first 200 foot rotating tower.
Rotor motor set up installed for the 200 foot SteppIR tower.
Initial testing has been done and it is all 100% operational now. We install the rotor control unit and wiring in the shed next and then we can build the 200 ft tower. Tested rotating the unit from the shack some 250 feet away and all is fine. The Journey Continues.....
Starting to lay out 2000 feet of CAT5e cable for the SteppIR antenna stack.
Below: 300 foot long Trench dug for the control lines and 1-5/8" Andrews AVA7-50 heliax coax for the K7UGA skyneedle tower. The concrete base and rebar set up is on the way via freight, ETA is 12/9/15, so soon the base will be poured and the tower goes up.
Base for the K7UGA Skyneedle tower.
Below: 200 foot tower base pinned to concrete pad. Now ready for the install of the base rotarting device.
200 ft towwer base alongside the SteppIR control shed. Note the 1-5/8" Andrews Heliax coax at the lower left of the shed.
Below: Concrete pad and base for the K7UGA Skyneedle tower. 1-5/8" Andrews heliax coax on the foreground.
Above: Skyneedle placement on the property with respect to the other towers.
BELOW: 1200 feet of new 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: Now one of the spools is empty. Note the shed before construction in background above.
Below, note the new shed construction. Now ready for matching vinyl siding.
Trenches leading away from the shack where the 1-5/8" hardline splits to Skyneedle tower on top and first 200 foot tower on the bottom.
The Below photos show the relative size difference between LMR-400 coax and the Andrews AVA7-50 1-5/8" Heliax coax. As you can see, the LMR-400 fits easily INSIDE of the hollow copper Center conductor of the 1-5/8" coax. The AVA7-50 has VERY low loss specs, and is used to feed all but one of the towers.
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.
Below: Amplifier section
Below: 1.5KW tranceiver set up. Circa '70s. SR-2000 first ham radio with Dual Watch.
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. One of my amps is pictured in this photo, the controller unit of the Henry 8K Ultra linear amplifier. The RF secion is located in another room connected by a remote cable.
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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