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 I reside in Warwick - IO-92-FH. I also use a 1-acre plot in Gaydon, 12 miles south of Warwick. I have a 130ft commercial lattice tower and, the site is manned 24 hours 365 days. The updated radio shack, as shown above, has moved 100m up the field into 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 12 cameras, and, let's hope you taste nice; our two 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 adventurer get caught and trip in the green rope loops; 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 antenna ropes and weights?  These keep the high winds from twisting the fan dipoles. Hey, don't knock it; they work very well and, have ridden out a 90-mph gale and didn't twist one bit and,  I had no broken or damaged dipoles. 

 

ALL RADIOS AND RF-POWER AMPLIFIERS  GO HOME WITH ME EVERY NIGHT: NOTHING IS LEFT ON SITE, JUST IN CASE; BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY, EH?

 

My home QTH has a long wire 45m with a coil at the end. Though the council has restrictions on outside antennas, my stealth long wire at about 10.6m (130ft) from my chimney to a tall tree; cut for reasonance on 160m  with an end inductor (233uH) so I can work 160m; 80m; 60m; 40m; 20m seems to have gone unoticed by the council or nieghbours.

 

I am using an FT-2000 an IC-7300 an IC-7100 for all bands and all modes up to UHF including an Icom ND1 1296 mHz. 

At the Gaydon site I use a home brewed 2 sets of fanned dipoles: viz: Dipole <1> 160m, 80m, 60m, 15m, 10m, 6m horizontal.

Fanned dipole  number <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 is normal but we all have to put up with this aspect of our hobby. Nearest nieghbour is roughly one mile from my portable site and, I don't detect any spurious radiated emmision noise from them.

I can now run legal limit 26:dBw (400) Watts via my AMERITRON AL811H (800 Watts PEP).

ATU is an MFJ976 that is only used at the far ends of each band, as the antennas are cut to resonance for the part of the band I like to use.

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; Brand-Meister 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: 60m whip (for staic use); 40m and 20m (same). 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 FM I use an AT-588, giving 10/ 20 / 50 Watts< and, a 1/2 wave dipole with the IC-7100 and the IC-7300 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, too.

For DMR use I use an Legacy LR-1000 mobile (10-25-50 Watts)

At home, I use an FT-817 5W QRP radio but have 100W 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...

The Icom 7100 is also used for portable / static mobile operation on the hills. I'm QRV 4m-10m- 6m- 4m 160m 60m and 20m vertical all modes / AM in the summer. I have been making antennas, baluns, chokes and much more. I shall have 80m on board later in the year. Obtaining suitable rust free brackets for mobile use is always a pain.

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. Antennas are 15 element bayed. Also.. 2 off 9x 1/2 wave coaxial dipoles from Andrews Heliax LDF4-50 with some gain, I'm sure.

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 and the ends thrown up tall trees using a hybrid catapult with a tube araldited and a 1m arrow to shoot a 60lb (27Kg) fishing line over the trees to pull the ends up high and to keep the dipoles tight. I now have a crossbow for this job and, it works seriously well.

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.

Toilets here are daily flushed with di-hydrogen-monoxide and the spade is cleaned thoroughly once a year.

If you would like a tour of the site and the new setup... Email address = g6ypk1@yahoo.com

 

 

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