"** QSL above address only. SASE or 2 "greenstamps" and SAE for International. No IRCs please.
If you worked HI3/KL7JR I was on from Cabarete, Dominican Republic. See pic for view off our patio and my "big gun" antenna. The 24 inch tall CB antenna is used for 10 and 12m, for 15, 17 and 20m I simply add a tuned whip (10-20 inches in length) and get out quite well. With a 40 inch stinger it loads 10-40m! Imagine that from a CB antenna, hi hi! My close proximity to the ocean doesn't hurt either! I am also using a 3/4 WL 20m vertical loop on my ceiling of the patio. I had great success with this antenna the past couple of years. It works when others won't! Cabarete is on the north side of Hispaniola Island which is shared with Haiti. QSL via CBA with SASE for USA or SAE and $2 for elsewhere. Be patient when QSLing.
Thanks for the cluster spots!
73 de Yukon John, HI3/KL7JR
My latest book, "STEALTH and PORTABILITY: Using CB Antennas on the Amateur Bands", demonstrates just how good some 11m verticals are on 10-40m when used as verticals, monopoles, dipoles and V beams. A bonus chapter is devoted entirely to MFJ mobile verticals and what can be done with them! Large print, easy to read and informative on modifying CB and other verticals. 49 pages slam full of decades of experimenting experience with CB antennas on the ham bands! Available in PDF format at:
Lately I'm in to the "minimalistic" approach when it comes to antennas. I know what the big antennas can do, but just how far can a small mobile vertical antenna go? From the Dominican Republic I literally worked the world on 10 and 12m using a 23 inch tall chopped CB mobile vertical-Wilson FGT-2 with no tip mounted to an old whiskey barrel. I caused many a pile up too and what a blast it was! Later I added a 20 inch pizza tin plate on top of the barrel to broaden the groundplane (besides the close proximity to the ocean!) and grounded it to the staves and antenna connector. I eliminated the ground radials making it even more stealthy. Believe me when I say this was one little HOT aerial!!! I'm now using a dual band 17 & 15m FGT-2 vertical and a 20m vertical from the Dom Rep.
A 20m MFJ mini-mobile vertical mounted on a 4 ft mast attached to my RV ladder was my main antenna while we camped/lived at a temporary job in Richland, WA. In just one weekend of casual operating on 20m, I worked 26 states including Hawaii and Alaska, Aruba, Cuba, France, Ontario and Alberta on this little vertical that's only 24 inches tall and a 4 inch long whip for 20m! In SC I'm using a 45 ft long End Fed wire ten feet above my RV roof. Wire works great 10-20m and I have several DX contacts in the log.
Here's what I've done with mobile MFJ and CB verticals on the ham bands.....now where's that guy who says CB antennas don't work on the ham bands, hi hi!
My rigs: Two TS-570D's and two TS-50s. Yes, I'm a Kenwood guy! I even had a TS-590S that spent more time getting repaired than my patience would allow- hi hi!
My favorite loop antenna:
"Yukon John" KL7JR has the following Ham Radio books published. They are informative, interesting and easy to read (large print!), economical and simple to order! You'll like his writing style, places ventured to and antennas built and used!
KL7JR's first Amatuer Radio book, "GO NORTH, JOHN!", ham radio adventure stories of Alaska and the Yukon, is available at LuLu.com. Debut in April 2011 QST page 85! (A life lived well in a place few people visit. A story of joy, hardship and a love of Amateur Radio in Alaska and the Yukon. Steve Ford, WB8IMY QST editor)
"AMATEUR RADIO IN CANADA'S NORTH", KL7JR's 2nd Amateur Radio book of ham adventures in VE7, VY1 and VE8 is also available on LuLu.com. 20 years of hamming from British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories (portable operating year-round, contesting in winter, special events and island activating adventures)! Debut May 2011 QST page 60! VY1RST, XK1RST and VE8RST special event ops! A must read to get you off the couch and to enjoy portable operating on a shoestring budget! Simple to build antennas and great fun from the north await you.
Recently published "PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN DX", ham radio adventures in the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Dominican Republic and a couple Alaska DXpeditions thrown in for good measure. KL7JR doing what he does best from extreme locations using simple homebrew wire antennas and modified CB antennas 6-80m! Debut November QST, 2011 page 37!
"EXTREME DX" is hot off the press in Jan. 2012. A full color striking compilation of some of KL7JR's most exciting DXpeditions from the Arctic to the Tropics. The best of my best DX trips in full color! Operating takes place in polar bear country, on a glacier, from rare and remote islands and other locations. Contests, special events and using homebrew antennas or modified CB antennas on 10-80 meters make the reading "ride along interesting, action filled and as real as it gets with ham radio". The kind of Amateur Radio adventures that most hams only dream of!
PROVEN ANTENNAS by N4UJW and KL7JR
Simple to build HF and VHF/UHF antennas for Hams and SWL's
"YUKON DX" With almost three decades of Amateur Radio contesting and special events from the magical Yukon, the ham radio obsession of “Yukon John” KL7JR lives on with VY1QST, VY1DX, VY1RST, XK1RST etc. etc.!
Book will be available around July when the final chapter plays out on a very unique mini-DXpedition from "Up There" which just might be a 1st for ham radio there! Stay tuned for details.
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