First licensed in 1955 as WN1EBW and a few months later as W1EBW, I got W1IS when the FCC opened up 2 letter calls for Extras with less than 25 years licensed in the late 70s. XYL Dee is W1MGA, Son Scott is K1SRG and Daughter-in-law Lesley is K1LTG. Dee and I are life members of ARRL.
I operate from our Condo in Riviera Beach, FL from late January to early March using a homebrew crappy pole with 17 ft of wire out the window using the aluminum window frame as a counterpoise. Rig in FL was IC-706MKIIG in my "Go Box" below and now is a KX3. The Go Box is a bit large and not easy to carry on a plane while the KX3 goes as my second carry-on in a "Rose Copp" bag hung around my neck. The "Go Box" goes into the Van for mobile ops or carried to our EOC in the fire station for drills or emergencies.
On the left is my "Go Kit" that has covers for front and back and a handle on the top. It houses an IC-706MKIIG, an MFJ-948 tuner, SEC-1223 power supply, mike, key, antenna wire and cables. Next is the terrific little KX3 and PX3. On top are 2M and 440 rigs, Daiwa SWR/Power meter and scanner. This part of the station can also be powered from deep cycle solar charged batteries. You may have noticed an old Turn and Bank Indicator and Altimeter. I am a pilot and fly an A-36 Bonanza these days.
K3, P3 and a MacBook Pro are the main rig. The KPA 500 connected to a KTA 500 can be driven from either the KX3 or K3. The homebrew antenna switch complements the antenna switch on the KTA 500 allowing connection to a Hexbeam, 135 ft dipole driven with ladder line, an inverted L for 160, a 40 M full size suspended vertical and a 160 OCF dipole that works on all bands up to 6M. On top is a scanner, 35 A Astron Power supply, the rotor controller for the Tail Twister that turns my Hexbeam - its overkill but I had it in the garage! Next is the rotor controller for the 6M and 2M/70 cM beams. The partially hidden box with the red knobs is the control box for my homebuilt K9AY loop receiving antenna that I use for diversity reception using the K3's second receiver. On top of the k3 are an amp I built that compensates for my right ear hearing loss and a 4 channel headphone amp that contlols a guest headphone or speaker.
KX3 in our Riviera Beach, FL condo. I use either a battery or a Pyramid 6A linear power supply as I haven't found any switcher that doesn't generate noise when this close to the antenna. I do get gain off the "water linear" that indeed helps. The antenna is a crappy pole with 17 feet of wire, ten feet in the pole and 7 feet hanging down. The bundle of wire at the end is a weight to keep it from blowing too far in the strong winds we sometimse get there. This antenna works well with the KX3 tuner on all bands from 20M up to 6 M. Since I got the KX3 I have worked 117 countries with this configuration in FL, 113 on CW and 69 on SSB.
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