The Villages, FL (Lady Lake)
County : Sumter
Locator : EL98aw
Radio : ICOM IC-765
Amplifier: Ameritron AL-811 with QSK-5
Interface : Signalink USB
Software : HRD + DM780
Antenna : 10-80: G5RV (102') by True Talk up 20 feet
UPDATE November 23rd, 2015: I've been back on the air since Dec 2, 2012 and I've worked 190 countries and all 50 states.
The pic at the bottom of the page is just showing the nice view from the back door sliders. I spend a lot of time out there in the summer. The other pic is me sitting at the station. I love my stuff! If the picture looks like I am left handed, that is correct.
I was away from Ham Radio for many years. I did the tall tower/big beam/high power thing years ago and it was great fun. But now, I have to use "STEALTH" antennas due to the restrictions of the community I live in. Therefore, my antennas will be of the wire variety (G5RV currently). I am not unhappy about this. It's been a lot of fun competing with the Big Guns in the pileups. The wire antennas are doing surprisingly well.
I just changed antennas here. I was using a homemade Windom at 20 feet. Now, I'm using a commercially made G5RV. The Windom worked ok but had lots of problems with feedback and blowing up baluns. Even shorted a PL259. All due to excessive SWR while trying to use it on all bands. I added a remote tuner and that just made it worse because I was able to get still more power to the balun. So I gave up on it.
The new antenna is a G5RV by True Talk. The quality appears to be very good. No exposed metal anywhere and ruggedly built. So this antenna is up exactly where the Windom was except it is 36 feet longer. So far, it is working beautifully. Better than the Windom on it's best day. Plus I now have 80 meters. So I'm happy overall. I still have to have virtually invisible antennas here. Also, I no longer have to deal with the remote tuner. That is a very good thing. I have a LDG AT-1000ProII tuner in the shack. The SWR on the G5RV is low enough on all bands that there is no need for the tuner to be remote. The MFJ-998RT is a good tuner and worked as designed, but there are inherent problems with remote tuners that I don't want to deal with anymore.
The G5RV is tied off to my satellite dish near the front of my house and into a line of trees between my house and the golf course. Average height is less than 20 feet. This is the 102 foot long version of the G5RV.
Future antennas could be a helically would vertical for 160 and possibly a flagpole multiband vertical. I'm open to suggestions.
My favorite mode is CW. I work CW, SSB, RTTY, and PSK. I have started over with DX country counting and all other awards. I'll call these my "Stealth" awards. If you looked at my property from the road or the golf course, you would not be able to tell a ham lived there. That's how it has to be here.
The rig is an Icom IC-765. Big and heavy and has a great look and feel. The receiver is outstanding. And I have just added an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. I run about 400 watts on SSB & CW when needed. I still run barefoot most of the time. I just kick in the amp out of frustration when needed. I have been trying 25 watts barefoot and 100 watts with the amp on digital modes. I can get by barefoot most of the time. The exception to this is working early morning 40 meters to the west. I always run the amp. No use trying without it.
I just added a QSK-5 external QSK unit from Ameritron to the AL-811. I did the mod they suggested to control the bias (idle current) in the 811 from the QSK-5. This is working really well. It's just like the QSK operation you find in amps that have the QSK built in. Great job, Ameritron!
I have a web page (www.no4j.com) but right now it just sends you here. I will work on that later.
QSL is via http://eQSL.cc (AG)
Good DX'ing & 73
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