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Hello, My name is Victor, I am 52 years old and am married to a wonderful young lady I met 33 years ago.Kathy and I have been married for 32 years now and God bless that woman for having put up with me all these years.

I run Icom IC-746Pro, Yaesu FT-847 and a Kenwood TS-2000 radios and a Icom PW-1 amplifier.

I have recently rediscovered Amateur Satellites. I'll listen for you on AO-7, VO-52, AO-73 and FO-29.

 

I first got my novice license while living in Forest Hill, LA KA5VXU What a HORRIBLE CALL! I used it long enough to get my general about 2 years later and switched to N5JCH.In 1986, I got  WO5S.It was such a PITA explaining that I DO NOT HAVE A ZERO in my call, that I finally changed it to W4VAS.

I love to tinker around with stuff as much as operating, so you are as likely to find me in the back yard making a top seection for my tower when I give up on finding one. or building a trap antenna etc.

 

My most recent project has been a 7 element YU7EF 6 meter yagi on a 29 foot boom.
Here is the YAGI on the ground just after I finished assembly.

The 2" aluminum boom material was 26' long and I needed 29' so I cut a 4 foot long stick I had left over from a previous project (the 12/17 antenna) and swagged it by hammering it with some 1/4" flat stock to bend in all four sides.

I used some mounting blocks that I got from DX Engineering to mount the elements to the boom. They worked out great!!

 

We installed the antenna on the 40 foot tower on 5/25/2013

The 6 meter yagi is at about 42 feet, the 2 meter yagi (Cushcraft 13B2) is at 51 feet.
The 432 antenna (Cushcraft A719B) is at 57 feet and the
MFJ dual band 2/440 converteed to a ground plane is at 60 feet.

 

I enjoy building antennas for my station and am finally getting pretty good at it. (mostly just following YU7EF's design plans). Thanks Pop!
I have built a 7 element 6 meter (25' boom), a 5 element 10 meter on a 21' boom.

Recently, I built a 3 element 12/17 yagi of my own design.
I used the A3WS as inspiration, Coaxial Trap Design software by VE6YPto design the traps and Quick Yagi 4 to finalize the spacings etc. (always design the traps just out of the ham band so they can withstand more power)The SWR is perfect at 1 to 1 on both bands.I get very good reports even with the antenna still only about 9 feet off the ground :)

Here is a closeup of the trap (taped up to keep sun and weather out).

I finally got my tower installed and the antenna is now perched on top at about 48 feet.

 

I used a 6" long piece of 3/4" OD 1/2" ID fiberglass tube and some rg58 coax for the traps. I tapered from 7/8" down to 3/8 in 36" sections to make the elements.I can't believe how well this thing works! I have a word document with more info on my web page a http://w4vas.com ifyou want to try making one yourself. It isn't all that hard, especially if you can get 2" square tubing for the boom. I can buy it in 26' long sticks for about $60. The 6' long elements I get from http://cycle-24.com All the antennas I have made, I have used their tubing and it is absolutely fantastic stuff!

About a month ago, I decided to make a Hex beam for 6-20 meters.

I got most of the materials from Max Gain Systems

 

With the antenna literally 5 feet off the ground, I have worked all over europe with 100 watts. I can't wait to see what it will do at 50 feet!

 

 

 

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