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My Home QTH is Joplin, Missouri.

Nickname: Kelly.

Moving forward from losing my station from a lightning strike in late 2014, I have rebuilt the station.  Much with help from my lovely bride Karen, and the insurance company. The first addition has been a IC-7600.  It's a very nice rig with lots of features and a lot to learn.  The replacement antenna is a 270 ft Loop Skywire fed with ladderline to a 4:1 balun (yes, the previous loop was vaporized).  And finally, I replaced the Amp Supply ALS600s solid state amp and the LDG AT1000proII that all work really well together. 

The photo below is a google earth view of the 270 ft Loop Skywire.  It is fed with ladder line to a 4:1 balun and short run of coax to the IC-7600.  It has proved to be a good all around antenna.  I have added several new countries with the loop.  New ones lately are K1N, J28,SU9,ZL7, 9Q0, 7Q.T32, C21, A65 and V6Z. I have worked 225 countries and confirmed 183. Hope to see you in the pile ups!

 

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If you worked me Nov1st thru Nov 6th, WB0WQS/5, I was operating portable from Galveston Island, Texas.  I was running the KX3 running battery power 5-10 watts. 

If you look up at the crows nest, you will see a orange telescoping fiberglass pole, supporting the 31 ft vertical. It is fed with a 9:1 unun and 25 ft run of coax to the deck where the KX3 is set up.

 

 

Summer of 2014

This was a past antenna I used that worked very well for DX. It fianally came down when one of the trees that supported it, blew down in a storm. I figured I would keep it on here in case somebody would like some information about it.

This antenna was an antenna that W4RNL modeled and wrote about: a 135' center fed Inverted-L. One leg was 65 ft horizontal, and the other leg was 65 ft vertical; fed with 400 ohm ladder line. It was fed at the 75 ft level. The late Cebic wrote that the 135' ft Inverted-L has decent gain figures and low take off angles, I decided to put it up and give it a try. I shot the line up there with a compound bow and arrow with fishing line attached.

The photo below is the Inv-L before it came down. The Horizontal wire ran in the 333 degree direction. The antenna was fed at the top. I have highlighted the vertical wire with a thin, black line (look carefully). It ran down to the yard tied off with a short piece of white rope and an insulator. The feedpoint up at the upside-down L was fed with ladder line, it then went to the back of the house to a 4:1 remote balun and a short run of coax to the tuner. I thought I would leave the antenna notes, and photo here as an record of the antenna.

I recently upgraded to a BALUN DESIGNS Dual Core #4115 4:1 Balun, and short run of LMR-240 coax to the tuner. This antenna with a small amplifier helped me snag my fair share of DX. It had a very low angle take off angle. I plan on building another and using it so I can switch back and forth to the loop for best results.

June 2014:

Field Day 2014!

I set up as 1B at a cabin we rented near Joplin.  The rig used was a KX3, running 5 watts battery powered with a couple of 12 power stations.  The antenna was a 88 ft EDZ up about 45ft in the tree tops. I shot the line up into the trees with a wrist rocket and fish sinker.  The land had a second cabin nearby that was rented and the guy came over and said he had to ask me what I was doing. Crazy man shooting fish line over the tree tops.. lol.

Was able to operate about 16 hours of the contest, because thunderstorms chased me inside the cabin a couple of times.  I used that time to nap. At 5 watts, the KX3 was able to snag 246 qsos, mostly on CW. We made about 20 contacts on SSB. When I say "we", My 19 year old son Ryan stopped by after his work shift and I offered him the mic. Lots of repeats, but he did pretty good.  Worked contacts on 40,20 and 15 meters. The KX3 is amazing.  The filtering and audio out of stereo headphones is incredible. Thank you if you worked me during FD 2014. There was some great ops who pulled me out of the noise. Hope you had fun.  73.

 

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