This SITE WILL BE UPDATED again w/new station info
UPDATED 19 November 2011
I have finally had the chance to update my QRZ page. I have been licensed since 2005 and upgraded to my General class in November 2010. I am currently studying for my Extra.
About my page. The first picture shows a general overview of all my antenna's. On my van is a HY-Q 3/80 (www.hiqantennas.com). That is my HF 6-80mtr, you can barely see it, but just to the right is a Diamond SG7900A 2/70cm dual band antenna. The rig I use for those antennas isan ICOM 706MII G. (An exceptional mobile rig). The second picture is 5 band hex beam (www.hexkit.com) 10 - 20mtrs. I had heard a lot of talk about these antennas,and was very skeptical. Now after owning and using it during normal and contest activities, I HIGHLY recommend this beam any seeking a single beam. It delivers solid performance and excellent listening qualities. The beam works excellent at low heights as well, mine is only at 27 feet at the base and I have talked as far as Japan with ease!
The 3rd picture gives you a shot (from left to right) of my Comet GP-9N, GAP Challenger-DX, and my Antron-99. The GP9 is at 72' to the tip, with sea level factored in, it is at 110' :) I have no problem reaching anywhere in my county on 5watts or less. The GAP is a Vertical dipole 80-2mtrs. It's overall performance on all the bands is very good and maintains approximately a 1.5 or less SWR. The Antron was originally for CB; however, it tunes very WELL from 10-15mtrs. I have made excellent contacts with it.
The 4th picture shows my "stealth" verticals' outside of my bedroom. As I am disabled and many times cannot make it to my shack, I can still stay in touch with friends. I use an ICOM 706, HF/6&2mtr. That runs of a Diamond 2000A, 6/2&70cm. The other antenna is a Comet-333, 2/220&70cm. With that antenna I run a Wouxun H/T 2/220 on 5 watts.
The 5th picture is shot of G5RV 102' suspended with a 50' fiberglass push up pole. I do very well with that antenna as well.
The 6th picture is my pride and joy ICOM-9100, HF/6/2&70cm.I have the 3&6k roofing filters installed as well as the D-STAR mod. The fidelity and tuning ability the radio has is beyond all my expectations (Especially in the$4K range.) I use it in combination with my Heil PR-40, and people tell my audio is clear and clean. On top of that is a common Comet SWR/PWR meter. On top of that is one of the BEST audio filters I have ever "heard"! When you turn it on and tweak it, those DX stations seem to just jump out of the radio.
The 7th picture shows my "entire" station, including a up and coming HAM (my son). To the left of him is my Kenwood TS-480 HF/6, I have nothing bad I can say of that radio. For its size and price range, it has excellent tuning ability and audio. Directly behind him is my Kenwood TS-2000, HF/6/2/70cm. It is ultimately going to be used as my "data" radio.
The 8th picture gives a better idea of how high my GP-9 really is :)
I threw in the last picture just to show the "quality" of the sky that night. In the center is the Moon and just to the right a small dot that is Jupiter, I thought it was pretty cool. That's pretty much it. I love our hobby and I hope you leave a note when you drop in!
73's for now, Ron W4AAL
P.S. I have a vanity call in memory of my brother who passed away in June 2010. His name is "A"rthur "A"lan "L"indell (for those that ask why I have a vanity). My brother was a Vietnam hero and became a dual Purple Heart recipient. His life was my inspiration and my reason for joining this hobby. He will always be with me and a part of me. It is my honor to continue in this hobby and carry his name as my call sign.
Check my online logbook http://www.hrdlog.net/log/W4AAL
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