Greetings from the farm.
After 23 years of moving around the country with the USAF, we settled on a small, ridge-top farm in Champaign Co., Ohio.
(View from LUSO "crow's nest" @ 33')
Our station transmitters consist of Flex 6700 and 5000a transceivers for HF, an FT450D for digital modes, an IC-7000 for mobile ops, an FT847 and a Yaesu 726R on satellites, an Icom IC-7700 on 6 meters; for AM: two former AM Broadcast transmitters (Collins 20V and ITA-1000A) for AM on 160, 75, and 40 meters; and my old faithful Viking Ranger.
Amplifiers are: Icom PW-1, Kenwood TL-922, Ameritron AL-1500, and an original factory Alpha 77sx.
We use Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ's DXLab for all station integration functions: http://www.dxlabsuite.com
We're planting towers for our four-ham family (Karen, KM8Q; Ken, KM8AM; Ken Jr., KD8DIW, and Will, KC8KEE).
So far we have a small 35 ft Rohn-25 for a vertical and dipole ends; a TriEx LM-354 for a TH-7DX, dipoles and multiple VHF and UHF antennae; and a 104 ft LUSO tower for a TH-11DX and a full size, 3 element 40 mtr beam, various VHF/UHF antennae, and lots of wires.
The LUSO is the tower displayed at the 2010 Dayton HamVention. The LUSO90 is a very heavy-duty 90 ft tower with a monster 3+" mast topping out at 104 ft. It is the first LUSO Amateur tower installed in the US.
Currently we have a Hy-gain TH-11 at 100' on the LUSO.
This fall (2013) we're buildinga full size, 3-element 40 meter beamfor the LUSO. It has a 50' boom constructed of 14" triangular aluminum truss. We're going to rotate all the mast-mounted antennae using one of Kurt Andress' K7NV propitch systems with a Green Huron controller.
Future expansion calls for tower-mounted monobanders with the entire tower rotated by a LUSO XTR-36 tower rotator system.
You can see the tower install at the LUSO website:
Next projects are: a full-size Rohn 160 meter quarter-wave vertical also fed as a half wave on 75 meters; a few small towers with several 6 meter beams at various heights from 8 to 100 ft,a fewBeverages; and a 45 ft rotating Wilson tubular tower for our satellite antennae and a six meter beam; and last (for now) a 5 meter dish for EME.
Amplitude Modulation and Heavy Metal
I've enjoyed Amplitude Modulation (AM) since I first heard WA3PUN, Uncle Ed and W3CIC, Larry (SK) back in1969/70. We're currently restoring two "Heavy Metal" AM broadcast transmitters for use on the ham bands.
The first is a classic - a 1 kW Collins 20V; and the second is a newer 1kW, ITA AM1000A. Both use a pair of 4-400s to modulate a pair of 4-400s in the final. Here are some pics of the trip toNY for both rigs:
Collins 20V: My boys and I picked this rig up in NY and hauled it home. You can see the massive iron we removed to enable us to safely move the transmitter. We slid it down the basement stairs on a skid using our Bobcat. Once in the radio room, we stripped it to the carcass for cleaning and restoration. It will come back on 160, 75, and 40 meters
ITA AM1000A: We picked this rig up from the 1400 WSJM studios in MI. This will be a backup 160 meter rig.
EME Antenna: On New Years Eve day - 31 Dec 2010, we went to Hocking Hills College, OH to pick up two dishes for future EME work We underestimated the magnitude of the effort, but were able to get the 5 meter and 2 meter dishes on the small trailer. We had to make a second trip with a bigger trailer for the 5 meter mount.
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