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My QTH is near Joplin, Missouri.

Nickname: Kelly

Please QSL LOTW only.


Recently, I replaced the 100 ft W4RNL Inverted-L antenna with a longer 135' Inverted-L (W4RNL). One leg is 65 ft horizontal, and the other leg is 65 ft vertical; fed with 400 ohm ladder line. It is fed at the 75 ft level. The reason I switched to this design, - The late Cebic wrote that the 135' ft version has higher gain figures and lower take off angles, I decided to put it up and give it a try. The new antenna is in the same tree, it is in a much higher branch than it's little brother. I shot the line up there with a compound bow and arrow with fishing line attached.

The photo below is the new antenna. The Horizontal antenna runs in the 333 degree direction. The antenna is fed at the top. I have highlighted the vertical wire with a thin, black line (look carefully). It runs down to the yard tied off with a short piece of white rope and an insulator. The feedpoint up at the upside-down L is fed with ladder line, it then goes to the back of the house to a 4:1 remote balun and a short run of coax to the tuner.

Update: In the middle of November (2013) I added a small Amplifier. In the past year or so, I have logged 130 countries using a wire antenna. Confirming 109 countries on LoTW. At this point, it is getting very competitive contacting the more rare countries. So I purchased a new Ameritron ALS-600S, The tuner is an LDG AT-600Pro II, The two work very well together. In the past couple of months I have worked an additional 30 countries, some with, and some without the amplifier. I call the DX station with 100 watt level several times first, and if that doesn't cut it I kick on the amplifier.

RTTY is a mode I haven't used much in my 39 year ham career, and I am finding out it is a fun mode. If things get real quiet, then I fire up a WSPR beacon at the one watt level with the above antenna. Hope to see you on the bands!


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