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 just installed a new "Stridsberg", MCA102M, ZERO Loss antenna multicoupler, replacing the lossy, "Magic "T". The results of this change is remarkable to the listening side of my station.
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 north 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 160 meters to 10 meters.
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. Operating time varies, as living with Parkinson’s has demands all its own.
Usually on HF most days, weather and wife permitting.
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