I was first licensed in high school, as WA2SKY in 1961. After college, I moved to California and became N6NH. While living in suburbia during my career in high tech, I was not very active. Then in 2008, I retired on a ranch in western Montana. Now I’m on the air quite a bit, chasing DX.
Outside of ham radio, my hobbies include fly fishing and travel. So you may find me asking questions about far-away places on the radio. For my wife and me, the tie-in with travel is one of the great benefits of ham radio.
This is a picture of my shack. Even though it was built in 2009, it is supposed to look like an old "shack." The crank-up tower on the left has a stack of two 6-element yagis for 6m, which I plan to replace some day.
I have two operating positions. One includes an ICOM 7800 with an Alpha 87a amp for HF and an Alpha 8406 amp for 6m.
I also have a remote K3 connected to an Alpha 9500 amp (shown below). My house is about one mile from the shack, so I use a K3 Mini to access the "real" K3 in the shack. A 60 Mbps wireless link between the two buildings provides the connectivity using 900 Mhz digital radios.
Here is a frigid picture of the shack and 200' (60m) rotating tower in the Winter.
All seven of my HF antennas are from Optibeam. The line up on the rotating tower is:
80m: 2 element yagi
40m: stack of two 4 element yagis
20, 15, 10m: stack of three 4+ element triband yagis
30, 17 and 12m: 3 element triband yagi
6m: stack of two 6-element yagis
2m and 440MHz: one lonely vertical at 200 feet
On 160m, I use a three-element vertical yagi, switchable in four directions. Each of the five verticals has 120 quarter-wave radials, adding up to nine miles (15 Km) of copper on the ground. The array is modeled after the one in "Low Band DXing" but with wider spacing. It covers four acres of former hay field. Looking closely, you can see some of the copper radials on the ground. The four wire parasitics are suspended by catenary ropes coming off the driven element. Also visible are the switching boxes on the ground under each of the parasitics. My thanks to N9RV and K0SN for their help in making this happen!
On 6m I use four 9-element optimally spaced yagis. This array works well for both terrestrial and EME contacts. Gain is 18.72 dBd. My thanks to Lance, W7GJ, and Tom, K0SN, for helping make this happen.
Here is a close-up of the rotors. The azimuth rotor is a prop pitch and the elevation rotor is made by M2.
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