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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). My early Christmas present is a "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.

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 50 Ohm, rigid 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 oppertunity 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.

I will QSL by physical cards, if needed, but sometimes this is a lenghty process, and LOTW, QRZ, and eQSL are almost immediate.

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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KF5NAJ 2015-08-31 20m SSB EL17ev United States George T Masterson
K5MLY 2015-08-31 20m SSB EM10ck United States MOLLY BLACK
K5MLY 2015-08-31 20m SSB EM10ck United States Molly Black
KF0Z 2015-08-31 20m SSB DM78nv United States Frank R Hilligas
KB5ALE 2015-08-31 20m SSB EM12cx United States SAMMY L ARNOLD
VA6TJ 2015-08-31 20m SSB DO21ql Canada Earl Rubin
KE7LBB 2015-08-31 20m SSB DN72bu United States Michael D Carter
K4EHC 2015-08-31 20m SSB EM90db United States Edward H Conrow, Jr
KE7MVO 2015-08-31 20m SSB DM22tp United States James W Austin
KC0OBO 2015-08-31 20m SSB DN70rc United States HERVEY N COLE, JR
K5EDI 2015-08-31 20m SSB EM13ja United States BRENT L PROSISE
WB7UZO 2015-08-30 17m SSB CN78qi United States Larry R Van Fossen
KB0FQM 2015-08-30 17m SSB EM18ac United States RONALD E BLOSS
KF0Z 2015-08-30 17m SSB DM78nv United States Frank R Hilligas
W0ERE 2015-08-30 17m SSB EM36iv United States ALLAN C GALLO

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