I am working hard to get my 432 station back up after a tough winter that took my rotor and feed lines out. I have gotten my 6m and 2m systems up and working at the 100w level.
I got interested in VHF and UHF back in the 70's when a colleague and fellow ham (W2GIG now N2PK) wanted to try some 70 cm experiments. He live some 10 miles south of me and I thought it would be fun. So I constructed a 1 watt 2n3866 transmitter and a 11 element beam in my attic and pointed it south.
While testing it I was stunned when I received a call from K2UYH. At that time, K2UYH was located some 180km south of me.
Back then, I was located in Poughkeepsie, NY, some 140 feet ASL That QTH was surrounded with "mountains" that went from 1250 to over 1700 feet. The 1748 foot "mountain" was south of me. Knife edge refraction was very effective in all directions, but especially south. It was a great QTH for UHF.
Eventually, I constructed an EME station for 432 and worked EME during the early 1980's. Work and a lightning stroke greatly limited my operation from the lated 1980's until retirement in 2004.
My present QTH is 15 feet above Lake Huron lake level and has proven to be significantly more challenging than my previous QTH.
I am hoping to get more punch with a quad of 33 element for 432. I have 7 elements on 6m and 12 elements on 2 meters. Both built from the designs in antenna handbook.
First licensed as wn8tiy in 1954. 61 years in hamming.
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