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Dave
The Villages, FL (Lady Lake)
County : Sumter
Locator : EL98aw
 
Radio : ICOM IC-765
Amplifier:  Ameritron AL-811
Interface  : Signalink USB
Software  : HRD + DM780, MMTTY
Antenna   : 10-40: Homemade Carolina Windom up 20 feet
 
UPDATE Feb 2, 2015: I've been back on the air since Dec 2, 2012 and I've worked 175 countries and all 50 states.
 
The pics below are the Windom antenna feed point with the homebrew 4:1 balun and the vertical element going into the MFJ-998RT remote tuner. The length of the horizontal element is 66 feet overall. One side is 41 feet and tied to my satellite dish. The other side is 25 feet and tied off in a tree.  The vertical element is 11 feet and has a RF choke near the tuner made from a piece of PVC pipe and snap-on ferrite beads. The RF choke serves as a line isolator to terminate the vertical element and also suppresses RF feedback in the shack.  This antenna is amazing.  I work a lot of stuff with 100 watts.  Good on 40-10 meters and not too bad on 80 now that I have the remote tuner.
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!
 
I still had considerable RF feedback in the house and shack with this setup.  So I put together the RF choke shown below and that has done the trick.  All of the feedback is gone!  I use RG8X everywhere.  The pipe is 1" PVC. And I topped it off with some Clip-on ferrite beads just to make sure.  Works like a champ.  The big black box is my MFJ-998RT remote tuner.
 
Just getting back into ham radio. I've been away for many years. In the past, I have had tall towers and big beams and worked a lot of DX. Now I live in a restricted community and can only use invisible antennas (or whatever I can get away with). My current antenna is a homemade Carolina Windom up about 20 feet. Well, it averages about 15 feet but 20 sounds better. I will be putting up a flagpole vertical antenna in the future. I will keep the Windom antenna active. The flagpole allows for another "invisible" antenna. Plus, I get to fly the U.S.A. flag. I love my country.

Update:  My Windom is working so well I probably will not put up the flagpole antenna.  I added a remote tuner (MFJ-998RT) and the Windom is even better than before.  Life is not completely smooth with the remote tuner but it mostly works fine.

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.

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

Dave

 

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