KJ6UFY retired after 29 years of service with the United States Air Force and now lives in beautiful Reno, Nevada. Amateur radio is only one hobby on the bucket list which has been accomplished. Other hobbies include wine country touring & hiking with his wife, fishing in the eastern Sierras and of course portable HAM operations.
There is a little of this young man in all of us.
Reno, Nevada Weather
Being new to the home on the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada the antennas are limited to a 102' G5RV w/MFJ-941 tuner, and the Hustler BTV4 w/ground radials. Once settle however, the tower and various rotating antennas will be placed into service making quality DX and QRP receiption clearer and easier over the HF spectrum. The primary transceiver is the Yaesu FT-920 with a Kenwood TS-440S as the backup.
Secondary to HF, the 2m & 70cm bands are enjoyed using a variety of cheap to expensive handhelds. Acting as the base station is the Kenwood TM-2550a backed with the newest addition, the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A. The primary dual band antenna is a Ringo AR-2 as well as the Jetstream JBT-2 Verticle. Although repeaters are plentiful in the Reno area, Simplex contacts are the most enjoyed.
The portable radio & antenna set-up is being prepped & tested for this year. The "Kit" contains an IC-730, a monoband 20 mtr rotatable Dipole antenna and a G5RV Jr. All powered by 12v batteries & portable solar panels purchased from Goal Zero.
Ham Shack (in the house)
The Workbench Shack (Garage)
Below is a pet project which turned out unexpectedly well. Shown are two 20 Meter Hams Sticks(MFJ-1620T & MFJ 347) configured in the horizontal creating a rotatable dipole. Also on the pole but difficult see is a 10 Meter wire dipole built from shop scraps. Both antenna systems work surprisingly well. The intent is to take these on day trips to the high Sierras along the California/Nevada border and transmit "Picnic Portable". I've had excellent reports using this system.
MFJ-347 Mini Dipole Mount
HF STICKS, 15M, 20M, 40M, and 10M - Item# MFJ 1516T
Peavine Peak sits at the North/West edge of Reno, Nevada and tops at 8,269 ft @ 39°35′13″N 119°55′56″W.
Peavine is only one of many peaks near the QTH which offers easy access, altitude, picture perfect scenery, and an amazing spot for remote HAM ops with a view. This trip being spur of the moment meant using simple HAM Sticks (10m, 20m, 15m) and the roof mount dual band antennas. They all worked as advertised.
Mountian top at Crystal Peak, CA using a Boefeng UV-5R w/ external mic with an M2 2 Meter dipole (in the tree). 39°36'1.06"N / 120° 4'33.42"W
A recent addition is the Hustler BTV4 three trap verticle antenna with ground radials.
Our new QTH! Retired, Settled, Relaxed!
Reno is a city in the US state of Nevada. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno is famous for its casinos. The city is situated in the northwestern part of the state and is the county seat of Washoe County. Reno is the most populous Nevada city outside of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 225,221 making it the fourth most populous city in the state after Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas. The city sits in a high desert valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
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