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The picture above was the feedpoint of my marconi T; there actually are a few more radials which have sunk into the turf.  It's a little more sophisticated now, inside a box, with a relay to float it during receive.

I am a 61 yr old self-employed optometrist; I own my own practice, East Texas Eye Care, in Longview, Tx, since 1988; previous QTH's: Livingston, La, Harlingen, Tx, Forest Grove, Oregon, Waco, Texas and Edmond, Norman and Miami, Oklahoma.

I now have a LotW account, and have been back on the air a little over 5 years, after a hiatus....

As a semi-retired h.f. dx contester, I am lucky that W5WMU is nice enough to welcome me back to his super station in Lafayette, La anytime i have a 'relapse'. Its great fun to verify some EZNEC models !! ...both wires and yagis...we 'pass a good time' when N8OO shows up for a 3 man multi-op attempt. we are always looking for more ops at W5WMU....

Present QTH, by choice, in restricted subdivision, with only 1/2 acre; so antennas here are 'invisible'.

above, from Europe to W5XZ. 'there are NO ham radio stations in this neighborhood...'

the transmit antenna. can you see it ? good !

look a little closer!

this is what my neighbors to the south see from their driveway. ..' my shortwave radio antenna, no big deal just some wire, tossed up in the trees....'


The transmit antennat is about 45' tall by 105' long, over 45 10' to 50' radials in a small space. For reception, a HiZ rx 4 square, with a LOT of help from K7TJR & KO7N, is on opposite sides of my house. I stay on 160m, and listen occasionally on the other bands.

My station is a Flex 6500 and a homebrew 3-1000a final. I am also having a ball with my VNWA2.6 by DG8SAQ. My 4 high Z rx verticals do not photograph well...that IS the idea, relatively 'invisible'...

I have been experimenting with a Waller Flag for almost 3 years now. It is necessarily small, in the back yard, for lowest visibility from thestreet. To date, have i not gotten good results with it, but i'm getting closer ( i THINK..) 'small' loops are a serious challenge if you want to combine a close-spaced pair 180 degrees out of phase. EZNEC says it comes in a -58 dbi ( !!! )

For a look at "160m Hell" from above, ck out the google satellite view; man-made noise like you would not believe. yes, that's a school to the west,which is a 15 degree up hill grade for several hunderd yards. I am now posting a few (rough) uTube vidoes on top band dx signals on


p.s. US4EX is my Eu QSL manager...pse SASE to him..

hope to work you on 160 !!!! 73, W5XZ, dan


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