Radio: ICOM IC-7600
Audio: Heil PR-781, W2IHY 8-band EQ & EQ Plus
Digital Interface: IC-7600 USB, Ham Radio Deluxe, DM780, FLdigi
Amplifier: Ameritron AL-1500
Tuner and Antenna Switch: Palstar AT4K
Antennas: SteppIR DB18 on US Tower TX-489MDPL for 40m through 6m, 160m horizontal loop at 30ft, Hi-Z amplified four-square receive for 160m 80m 40m, Diamond X200A for 2m and 70cm
QSL Info: 100% QSL through LOTW. QSL direct ONLY with SASE, IRC, or green stamps. QSL via buro for all cards received via buro, or from on-air requests for cards.
ARRL Life Member
My QTH is fifteen miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona in the mountain grasslands of Corona de Tucson at 4,000ft elevation. I am very fortunate to have nearly 2000 feet of elevation drop to the north, east, and west. Above is one of my other hobbies, my Lancair 360. This beautiful airplane was built by Keith Fowler, W6BCQ. The picture below was taken from my back porch, showing the elevation change to the north west toward Tucson.
This picture, taken by KE7ILW, shows KW7XX and I working on final assembly of my SteppIR DB18 as daylight fades.
My SteppIR was previously mounted on a house bracketed 50ft Rohn 25G tower. Using a tram system that I fabricated with a short section of Rohn 45G, the whole antenna, mast, and rotator assembly could be moved anywhere from rooftop level to 15ft above the top of the tower using an electric winch.
The pictures below of me using this massive 80ft tall Collins discone antenna were taken at the Titan Missile Museum south of Tucson, AZ. This antenna was the primary communications antenna for this missile silo to keep in contact with the Strategic Missile Defense System. The folks at the museum were kind enough to work with a local ham club so that amateur radio operators may use the antenna during museum operating hours. I was able to make a few dozen DX contacts in the span of an hour on everything from 10m to 40m using this antenna.
More information about this antenna can be found at:
Remote area ham radio operation with my Jeep near Moab, Utah.
Have we worked before? Search my Club Log to find out!
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