First of all Thank You! for visiting my QRZ.com Page.....
Photos below are of my HDX555 Tower with both the Cubex 5 Band / 5 Element HF MK345-PT5 (5 Elements on 10 and 12 Meters, 4 on 15 and17 Meters and finally 3 on 20 Meters), Cubex Killer Bee 6 Element/6 Meter Quad, Phased Cubex Scorpion II 8 Element/2 Meter Quads and finally a Ringo 2 Meter FM Vertical for the local 2 Meter Activity. The bottom photo is the Radio Operator (me) not trying to commit suicide but taking care of some "Boom Droop" by installing two Turnbuckles. The second photo is me (again) changing out my Tailtwister with a G2800 Rotor. Also shows the new KF7P Safety Stand Tower Platform (www.KF7P.com). Both added at the Dayton Hamfest. I can and have worked for hours on the tower/antenna without any stress. Just tie in and start servicing the tower/antenna.
QSL thoughts............... First of all QSL's are the mark of a complete contact, a handshake so to speak. My beliefs are that any New Country, State and or Received QSL will be 100% sent or responded to. I prefer the "Old School" Method and that is a Card via the Mail or Bureau. However, keeping up with the Technology I will ALSO process my logs, Monthly, through both LOTW and eQSL and respond in same. I have recently activated the Club Log "Look Up" Tool to my page. I will upload my Club Log with the .ADI File every week or certainly monthly. As a final note, the station is located in Columbia County, Florida. If your a County Hunter you may want to "jump" on this as Columbia County is a "Rare One" for HF.
My first call was WA3LID in 1967. What a shock getting "LID" was and made my goals very clear..... "Be the Best Op". I then moved to Florida in '70 and had to change my call to the present one. At that time the FCC would not allow the transfer of addresses and a change had to be made, thank goodness! February 12, 2011 WB4VMH went from Advanced License to Extra Class. See you on the Expanded Bands!
Worked for Motorola in Plantation Florida from '73 to '07. Living in S. Florida or the "Land of NO" seriously effected my Radio Operations. After 34 years and an request to move to Chicago the decision was made..... Retire! and move to the new home in Lake City, Florida.
The Working Conditions for HF and VHF Stations are a choice of four rigs. First, is the FlexRadio 6700, fed to an Alpha 9500. Secondly, an additional HF/VHF station is the Elecraft K3/100 (160 thru 6 Meter) fed to a Elecraft KPA500 160 thru 6, 500 Watt Solid State Amplifier along with the Elecraft P3 Scope and KAT500 Auto Antenna Tuner (Full K - Line). VHF 2 Meters is now a 20 Watt, SSB, CW and FM Operation using the Ten-Tec 526. This station is fed to a Mirage B2518G 150 Watt Amplifier then to two Phased Scorpion II Quads at 70 feet. The fourth rig is one that covers 2 Meter FM ONLY. That is a Yaesu FT-2900 75 Watt FM Rig that I leave on to listen and talk to the locals on the different Repeaters in the Lake City Area.
Additions to the shack are the W2IHY 8 Band Equalizer and EQPlus. What an addition this was based on the early reports. I highly endorse this product and suggest that you add these to your station for enhanced transmit audio. Contact Julius (W2IHY) for more information. To add to the overall Modes Of Operations such as SSB, CW, Digital Modes are handled Internal to the FlexRadio 6700 but use HRD, DM780 and MMTTY Software we can offer contacts on the Digital Modes mainly PSK31 and RTTY. These are new to me so be patient if you hear me on those sections of the bands. Since the FlexRadio 6700 does not have a Memory Keyer (yet) I have choosen the MFJ-495 Memory Keyer. Seems to be working just fine.
As far antennas are concerned, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 Meters are covered by a MK345-PT5 5 element Cubex Quad up at the 58 foot level on the HDX555 US Tower. The 80, 40 Meter Antenna is covered by a Carolina Windom 80. The Feedpoint is at 30 Feet and the Windom all HF Antennas are assisted thru the Palstar HF-Auto Antenna Tuner. 6 Meters is being taken care of via a Cubex Killer Bee ( 6 Element) Quad thru the Elecraft KAT500 Antenna Tuner. The 2 Meter SSB/CW Antenna is a Cubex Twin Phased Scorpion II's. Configured in the Horizontal Polarity, 16 Elements total. Local 2 Meter FM is taken care of via a Ringo Vertical . The three HF/6 Meter Stations are switched fed utilizing the two MFJ Antenna Switch Systems. MFJ RCS-8V Remote Coax Switch for the Quad Band Switching and MFJ-4726 Desktop/Remote Antenna/Transceiver Switch. This now allows a combination of switching of up to 6 Transceivers and 6 Antennas.
Now that we are retired and am located in an area that is "Ham Friendly" my trip through Ham Radio will start up again.......
Major Ham Radio Accomplishments: DXCC (40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 Mtrs),. 5BDXCC Soon!, WAZ - SSB, Mixed, WAC, WPX - Mixed, Europe Endorsement and finally WAS.
Clubs / Associations - ARRL, SFDXA, INDEXA #4455, NCDXF #6574, EPC #17895
See ya'll on the bands. We QSL 100% for everyone received.!
Richard "Dick" Griest - WB4VMH
As Of September 14, 2010
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