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Hello from the great frozen north. I am located near the small town of Hale, Michigan, on a Centennial Farm that has been in my wifes family for many generations. This is about 180 miles, (290 km), north of Detroit, Michigan, (if you were a crow, going to the "Joe Louis Arena", but by car more than 200 miles or 322 km), and worlds and worlds apart from life in the city. My QTH is located between the two Londo Lakes, halfway between West Branch, Michigan, and Tawas City, Michigan, on the eastern, (sunrise), Lake Huron side of the state.

Enjoying life in the country, each and every sunrise, and sunset, and all that is in between.

Working conditions are usually, a "Yaesu FT-1000MP MKV" @ 200W, stock "Yaesu" hand held microphone, and a "TenTec 715 RF Speech Processor".

A welcome addition to my station is a "RF-Space, SDR-IQ", receiver. This is being used as a Pan-Adapter, when it is not being used as the primary receiver, (it works that good). This is one great product, and along with the provided, "SpectraVue" software, breathes new life to my station.

I installed a "Stridsberg, MCA102M, ZERO Loss antenna multicoupler", replacing the lossy, "Magic "T". The result of this change is remarkable to the listening side of my station, (no more 3.5db loss, at best, per port on the listening side of things). Also, I am using the "West Mountain Radio CLRspkr , ClearSpeech" , speaker. Very good product, but it does take a little while to get my ears tuned to listening without all the buzzing and hiss. Easy to use device, and as a bonus, no manual to interpret to get the radio adjusted correctly.

This is all connected to a full size 80 meter square horizontal loop antenna, (272 feet of solid # 12 AWG aluminum electric fence wire, 68 feet long on each side), suspended to a 45 foot height on all four sides, and tuned with a remote, "SGC SG-230" antenna coupler.

The antenna is located some 350 feet from the operating position, and is in the middle of a field to the west/northwest of the house. This is fed with run of buried, 50 Ohm, rigid, surplus, broadcast hard-line, and has very low losses at HF frequencies. The antenna is not photogenic at all. The function of this antenna is much much more than a “cloud burner”, and exhibits interesting and unique properties. I have found this to be a good all around antenna, and have made many contacts, both local and DX from 80 meters to 6 meters. Working 160 meters I have to float one end of the loop from the coupler, and ground the coupler end to a good grounding system. It is not supposed to tune on 6 meters, but it does, just waiting for an opening, and an opportunity to hook up the older "FT-847" or "FT-857D".

The “Sky-Loop”, a.k.a., "Loop Sky-Wire", stands up to the Michigan wind and weather, and once the electrical connections were sealed, has not required any maintenance. Good choice of antenna for this QTH and conditions. Not always a 59 signal on either end, but if I can hear a station I can usually work that station. Six years of maintenance free, trouble free service.

I will QSL by LOTW, QRZ, and eQSL, and response is almost immediate. Physical QSL cards, have become a lengthy and difficult process, for me at this time.

Operating time varies, as living with Parkinson’s has demands all its own.

Usually on HF most days, weather and wife permitting.


Best of 73's, from Michigan

 

 

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N2ATB 2016-03-15 40m SSB FM29mv United States FRANCIS A CANUSO
WA1AYY 2016-03-15 40m SSB FN42mk United States DOMENIC A CORREGGIO, JR
NC4ON 2016-03-15 40m SSB EM95mm United States STEFAN P COLLE
KC3CIN 2016-03-06 40m SSB FM19fr United States DOUGLAS R SHETRON
KW2Q 2016-03-06 40m SSB FN33do United States ROGER L SCHROEDER
KC2MKI 2016-03-06 40m SSB FN03ra United States BRIAN D CODD
IK4JPK 2016-01-30 17m SSB JN54dp Italy FEDERICO TORNIELLI
LA3WAA 2016-01-30 17m SSB JP53hk Norway Tor Pettersen
KC8I 2016-01-28 20m SSB DM79ld United States LYNDON K HADDOCK
K4SAK/7 2016-01-18 17m SSB DM09cl United States David E Feher
WA6TE 2016-01-06 20m SSB EN13po United States Philip M Waste
KA5DJS 2015-12-31 20m SSB EM12dk United States DAVID B SMITH
K5BY 2015-12-31 20m SSB EM12ku United States JOE D HARGIS
KD4Y 2015-12-31 20m SSB EM62wj United States HERBERT D CONNELLAN, JR
N5YPD 2015-12-31 20m SSB EL17gr United States RONALD E KING

Book Totals: 10849 qso's   2473 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#3250
Granted: 2016-07-24 13:10:03   (KW8L)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1427
Granted: 2015-08-30 03:05:02   (KW8L)

Grid Squared Award#676
Granted: 2015-01-17 20:39:03   (KW8L)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#726
Granted: 2015-01-17 20:39:01   (KW8L)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
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