First licensed in 1970 in junior high, thanks to Rev. Bittner's (WØAIH) outreach to young folks which he has continued throughout his career. My initial station in Northern Minnesota was a Johnson Ranger I and a borrowed civil defense Hammarlund HQ-110A.
My parents were gracious to let me install a 90' stick of Rohn 25G in our rural backyard which was overloaded with a Hy-Gain DB-40-20 Yagi (courtesy of NØIJ) a 4L Cushcraft 15M Yagi and a 5L Hy-Gain 10M Yagi all on a waterpipe mast using a T2X. I didn't realize why my "Christmas Tree" didn't work as expected until I read N6BT's "Array of Light" a few years ago and then decided to put up something that worked.
I lived in a small city lot in St. Paul for 25 years where my only antennas were a 80m dipole streched across the street and at one point a 2L 20-6 Yagi on a rooftop tower.
Five years ago I moved to a 3/4 acre lot and put up a 76' stick of Rohn 45G and installed a 4L SteppIR at 77' and a 2L W6NL Moxon at 94' turned by a W0AIH inspired upside down prop pitch with a splined Chevy S-10 axle welded to a 1026 DOM steel 1/4" wall mast that mates to the spline gear on top of the prop pitch.
I've shunt fed the tower for Topband, and it works very well with a vacuum variable in series with the feedline.
I have 4 bands confirmed for DXCC, so now I just have to figure out something for 80 that will take me to 5BDXCC.
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