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A 30 meter Double Zepp antenna hangs above our small vineyard where we grow wine grapes and also make our own wine each Fall. Normal CW operations are typically at 20-25 wpm, on the 160 to 12 meter bands (Marconi antenna on 160m), at 5 or 100 watts, powered from batteries, solar panels, a gas generator or the area power grid.
The local climate is nearly perfect for our Martini-Olmo 66 Chardonnay grafted to 3309 Courderc root stock. The wine is fermented with a Pasteur Champagne yeast and then put on light toasted oak before being cooled to 5C [42F] during the Winter, precipitating out tartaric acid crystals. After transferring to bottles the following year, the remaining fruit sugars support a second natural fermentation in the bottle to add a bit of carbon dioxide gas. So far, 2007 has been our best vintage year producing a balanced low alcohol (11.5%) wine.
Double Zepp Tune Chart and Pattern
Vines and 2008 Fall Crush
Climbing Double Zepp Antenna Tree and Ham Cave Operating Position
Holiday DXpeditions: France, Hawaii, Isle of Wight, Isle de Alameda
Modified K5 Chinese PR Army Key and KK2 American Morse Paddle
4 Day Solar-Geomagnetic Storm and Indexes
Series and Parallel Resonant Absorption Wave Meters
Lapel Pin Collection (partial)
Qualified Elmer N6VNO
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