I reside in Warwick - IO-92-FH. I also use a 1-acre plot 12 miles south of Warwick, in Gaydon, with a 130ft commercial lattice tower and manned 24 hours 365 days. The updated radio shack, as shown above, has moved 20 feet to right, in a new building. Security is always a danger, so we have multi layers of barbed and razor wire all-around, with electric elephant fencing to deter any adventures. Smile for any one of the 9 cameras, and, let's hope you taste nice; our Staffordshire Bull Terriers like a tasty treat. Oh, and watch out for the planks of wood scattered about and hidden in the long grass, they have 4" (100mm) long nails, that, should an adventure trip in the trip-wires, well, just make sure your tetanus jabs are fully up-to-date. It's our private assault course . So, unless invited, PLEASE, KEEP OUT. You have been warned, lol. The ropes and weights? These keep the high winds from twisting the fan dipoles. Hey, don't knock it, they work very well.
My home QTH has indoor attic antennas. The council restrictions on outside antennas, with + 20dB noise, making Gaydon the only viable site for HF use. UPDATE: Feruary 2017: I have stealthily fixed up a 40m long wire at about 10.6m (130ft) from my chimney to a tree, with a trap for 160m (233uH) so I can work 160m; 80m; 60m; 40m; 20m.
I am using an FT-2000 and an IC-7100 for all bands and all modes up to UHF including 1296 mHz. I use a home brewed 2 x fanned dipoles: viz 160m, 80m, 60m, 15m, 10m, 6m horizontal. On fanned dipole <2> I use 40m, 20m, 17m, 12m, 4m. For VHF FM I use 4m, 6m vertical dipoles, with a duel-band Diamond antenna for 2m and 70cms. I am happy to report noise figures as low as S1 on most bands, other than 160 and 80m where S3 in normal but we all have to put up with this aspect of our hobby.
26:dBw (400) Watts became available this year but has not been fitted as a much beefier ATU needs to be acquired
Packet radio, plus JT65, Whisper and other data modes are available for personal use and demonstration, Inc digital ATV.
For DMR use, I use a Legacy LR-1000 70cms - 45 Watts with Phoenix; BrandMeister and the private modes too, as well as FM. Also for DMR, I have a TYT-380 and a Radioddity 10W-4W (same as the 380 but with 10W) hand-held radios with a DVMEGA for mobile phone and the home PC using BlueDV.
For Mobile I am working a TopBand with a 160m centre loaded whip. Also I have a Wouxun KG-UV-950PL Quad-Band 70MHz/ 50MHz 145 MHz / 432MHz 50/40 Watts FM via a cheapo mobile Chinese antenna that actually works!
For 4m I use an AT-588 > 10/ 20 / 50 Watts FM < and a 1/2 wave dipole with the IC-7100 for SSB.
Wouxun KG-UV950P Quad-band FM 4m - 6m - 2m and 70 cms : 40 Watts UHF & 50 Watts VHF.
Also, I have two TYT TH-9800 Quad-band radios that will be used for the shack alongside the Quadband Wouxon to keep an eye one various and very useful frequencies.
I'm QRV 6 Mtrs and 4 Mtrs SSB from the IC-7100. DV (D-star digital) and finding my way around that.
At home, I use an FT-817 5W QRP radio but have 60W PA should the need arise, used mainly for JT65 WSPR, RTTY etc, run through a Raspberry Pie-2. For FM use I have two Wouxun Quadband radios monitoring 4m & 10m with an old FT-7900 FM for 2m 70cms monitoring local traffic, plus 23cms...
Yup, 3cms is ready at both QTH's, so you can't hide. It's nice to get QRV again.
The Icom 7100 is also used for portable / static mobile operation on the hills. I'm QRV 4m-10m- 6m- 4m 60m and 20m vertical all modes / AM in the summer. I have been making antennas, baluns, chokes and much more.
I'm QRV on 23cms using an Icom ID-1 Digital and D-star and FM. I also have two Kenwood TM-531 transceivers for SHF mobile working 1297.500 etc, and looking for another two TM-531 for a planned repeater. Antennas are 2 off 9x 1/2 wave coaxial using Andrews Heliax LDF4-50 with a gain of about 10dB (for repeater use).
At home, the 23cms beams are one twin-bayed vertical 15 elements: and a single 15 element I use for portable FM (SOTA) working and one coaxial vertical as described above.
I like portable working 40m and 80m bands with the inverted 'V' with 6 m- 4m -10m atop a 40-foot (12m) extendable fiberglass pole.
I'm getting ready for some major portable / mobile radio fun in 2016. ** Look out for the kites and balloons **. They are coming to take me away ha, ha - to the happy farm.
All coax for VHF/UHF is Westflex 103, same for HF, with coax chokes and home brew current baluns on all antennas. All coax is all cut to 0.85 with odd multiples of half wavelengths on the lowest frequency. Connectors are all commercial or military grade quality. Vorsprung Durch Technik, as we say whilst straining in the bathroom *grins*.
Toilets here are daily flushed with di-hydrogen-monoxide and cleaned thoroughly once a year.
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