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Back in amateur radio after becoming a novice back in the 70's and then getting busy with family and work and putting my rig in the closet. Got busy with my rig again in early 2009 when I studied for the tests. Retired from teaching in 2008, but still active as pastor of local church. Enjoy some contesting and setting up portable and am also active in local communications division of our county EMA. Below is a picture in the shack.

Picture below is of portable setup for operation during the Indiana QSO party. NVIS antenna in the foreground and an inverted vee supported by Aluminum mast in background.


I enjoy building antennas and have recently installed a tower and Yagi. Below are some pictures of the various stages of the putting up the tower and in rebuilding the KT34M2 antenna.






The above picture is of the raising of a HDBX 48 tower with a KT34M2 antenna that was assembled from the Al salvaged from an older KLM KT34a and the upgrade kit and new clamps from M2 Inc. Another picture of the M2 antenna in operating position.

Home brew Hexbeam patterned after a design by Leo Shoemaker K4KIO placed on an old TV tower at about 34 feet. (pictured below) I am in the process of comparing the performance of the KT34M2 at 50 feet to the hexbeam at 34 feet.

Hexbeam on 32 ft tower















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