50 consecutive years as licensed Amateur!
Licensed Amateur Operator from November, 4, 1964 to the present day!Original callsign: WA8OKA
New Addition to the Shack, 7 June 2012, Yaesu FT-2000
Nice Hobby! 11/01/2011
Update: 11-1-11, Installed new K4KIO 6 band Hexbeam @ 44Feet.
Homebrew tilt over assembly-worked well!
35foot Universal Tower (aluminum)9 feet of mast at the HEX.
2000 lb winch-Menards-$80.00
Grounding: Two 5/8'X 8 foot long copperclad groundrods to tower legs with #4 solid copper wire.
Trial winch run, two tower sections up.
Hexbeam in place-ready for the winch! N8JGG on the roof.
Thanks to: L to R, W8JER(Me)-WD8PER(Jeff)-N8JGG(Denny)-AJ8T(Ted)
It's up! With 14 element 2 meter yagi and 4 element six meter yagi below.(note the W8YXT 220 link) 10-01-2012
Stabilizing the tower in lieu of guy wires. All legs are sprung. Two legs in front on 350 lb pull porch swing springs
to turnbuckles at eyebolts into the wall under soffit. Center leg pulled against solid brace to wall, yet sprung with
compression springs on the nut side of the U-bolt. Theory is to not disturb the stress transfere integrity of the tower
structure itself yet afford a fair degree of vertical stability.
What a Beautiful sight!
Hexbeam repaired and Ice Cords installed, 05/29/2012.
New Innovantenna 4 element loop fed Yagi for six meters.
One week on the bands with barefoot TS 590S:
Very pleased so far!
Snow Storm!!!! 11-29-2011 Only up 28days and Mother Nature beat it up!
Crew came back and we lowered it down and patched it as we await new parts and "ICE CORDS" from the
Micky ,My XYL,@ Snowshoe Mtn. West Virginia!
Licensed in November 1964, novice call WN8OKA, then WA8OKA for 44 years!
Vanity callsign W8JER issued May 2008.
50 years in the hobby on 11-04-2014..
US Army Signal Corps 1969-1972 MOS 32D20.
Signal school-Ft Monmouth NJ
South Vietnam 70 to 71-(Dian,-Vung Tao-TanSonnHut-- hh----) .
369th Signal BN Co.B
Stationed at Ft Huachuca AZ upon survival of tour RSVN
Retired Tool and Die Maker.(HAPPY)
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