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My wife and I moved out to our new location in August 2011. The restrictions actually state 'Ham Radio Towers are OK'. We jumped all over this piece of property which is about 2.5 acres.

 

I've been building the station since we moved in. Currently I have the following:

 

Antennas:

- 78' Rohn 45G tower guyed with phillystran with the anchor points 80' from the base of the tower. That leaves me room to rotate some lower antennas.

- F12 C31xr at 79' turned by an Orion rotor, controlled with a Green Heron RT-21

- F12 D240/230 at 84' turned by an Orion rotor, controlled with a Green Heron RT-21. Installed 10-07-2013

- F12 C3 side mounted at 40' using a swing side gate and T2X rotor controlled with a Green Heron RT-21

- Delta loop installed at 78' for 75m. I plan on installing stubs in the corner so I can switch between 75 and 80

- Inverted - L for 160.  30' vertical, 110' sloping up towards top of the 78' tower.

- K9AY Recieve loop system which will be installed this fall, unless I can talk the neighbors into letting me string out a few beverages, and have a talk with the deer so they won't knock them down. I'm looking forward to trying the K9AY array as we live in a relatively quite location

- I am putting together a F12 XR5 which will go up soon to replace the C3 at 42'. A ring rotor will be used in place of the current swinging gate side mount.

 

A second tower is in the works and should go up next summer (2014). The plan is to have multiple tribanders pointed in different directions so I don't have to rotate often. The ultimate plan is to have 3 F12 C31xr's. The current one at 79', one to replace the C3 at 40' and another on the 2nd tower. I use a WX0B stackmatch for quick switching. I'll have to figure out where to put the XR5 so I'll have coverage of 12 and 17, a 3rd tower maybe?....

 

 

 

Station:

- Elecraft K3

- Ameritron AL-1200

- Microham MKII keyer and a Microham Band Decoder for auto antenna switching. This will be replaced by a station master in the near future.

- N3ZN ZN-9 Key

When we built the house I had a 30' x 24' steel bulding erected. I have a mini ductless heat-a/c unit so its comfortable out here. It has its own 100amp electric service panel as well as water for a sink and a french drain for some basic needs out here in the shop. Its very easy to install an aluminum panel for grounding and cable entry. I use polyphaser units for lightning protection and the panel, building and electrical are grounded to a ground rod a couple inches from the panel. The ground system is a work in progress.

 

 

 

As I go along I'll clean up the inside of the shop by continuing to install plywood for the walls and an insulated drop ceiling is in the future which will help with heating and cooling.

 

Thats it for now.

Rich - N5ZC (10/09/2013)

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