The house is an Alternative Energy House and it is 100% off the grid. There are two large 4KW trace inverters linked together which convert 24 DC over to 120/240 volts AC.
The 24 volts comes from solar modules and from a 1,200 watt wind generator. There is also a backup 20kw propane generator. 24 volts DC is stored in 64 lead acid 6 volt batteries. The station was capable of operating 160 meters - 70cm. The HF 20 through 10 meter yagi was a Mosley TA-53M. There was also a cushcraft 6 meter beam, a 2 meter beam and a 70cm beam along with a ringo ranger antenna on the top of the 60 foot tower. Two dipoles were used for 160 meters, 80 meters, and 40 meters. The HF amplifier is an Ameritron AL-1200 which delivers a full 1,500 watts.
On 3/17/15 we took all the antenna's and tower down. The main reason is real estate agents were telling us it will be next to impossible to sell our house with the tower and antenna's up in the air. It is a crying shame I had to take everything down but maybe I can put up a HEX beam and a vertical antenna some distance from the house so I can still get on the air. I ended up installing a ground mounted Mosley RC7 vertical with 24 radials. It works great but it does not outperform the beam antenna. The concrete base for the tower has not been removed or damaged. It's real easy for another ham to re-install a Rohn 25 tower.
If you are looking for an alternative energy home which is on top of a hill with a fantastic panoramic view, this is the place for you. There are 6 acres on this lot and it also includes an 813 square foot double car garage which was converted into a storage building. The storage building can also be converted into a studio, Bed & Breakfast, a very large ham building for multiple operating stations, or a wood shop or metal shop. The garage door opening was framed for a 20' wide by 9' garage door. I enclosed the opening with a stucco wall which can be easily removed if someone wanted to convert it back to a garage,. It also has a wood burning stove inside.
Recently I attached some pictures of the fantastic views from outside and inside the house. One of the pictures shows the inside view of the shed just after it was completed.
My wife and I plan to move back to the N.W. I love this place but I realize we need to move up there in order to be closer to family and our grand kids. If you are seriously interested in owning a place like this; which is aleady set up for Ham Radio, send me an e-mail so we can discuss. We recently spoke with another real estate agent. We have not listed the house yet because we wanted to know what the market value is. The average market value of this type of house & storge building in this area is at $449,950.00 You can reach me at WA5PL@comcast.net if you have any questions about this place or want to see more pictures. By the way, the local radio floor noise level here is extremely low. No interference from neighbors. Nearest neighbor is over 1.5 miles away. Also it is very quiet and peaceful out here. Local grocery, gas and many other stores are located within 14 miles from the house.
FYI. Many local city and county governments are getting wise now. They are starting to charge several hundereds to thousands of dollars just to allow you to put up a tower with antennas on them. This property, where I currently live, already has a tower permit so there are no permits required for an interested ham who wants to put up one or more towers and antennas at this location.
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