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First licensed in 1956, I have held this same callsign for over 61 years. My main interest is dxing, holding Nr.1 DXCC Honor Roll and 5 Band DXCC. I have well over 100 counties on all the bands 160- 10 meters. My favorite band is 17m, where I have worked 337 countries so far. But I now get more enjoyment ragchewing with stations all over the world than just getting calls in the log.
I am a retired Lutheran Minister and enjoy fishing and duck hunting as well as ham radio.
My picture in the upper right is an older picture. The Swan rigs, the Viking Tuner and the FT-897D in that picture have recently been sold. The pictures below are of my current equipment lineup, my 10 element Log Periodic at 70 ft just peeking over the trees, and my "gull wing" type elevated ground plane at the base of the same tower the L P is on. The ground plane is made up of 4 wires for 160m and 6 wires for 80m, all at 8ft above the ground. As you can see everything is covered with fresh snow from an April Minnesota snowstorm.
The shack has two stations that are operated simultaneously: The DX station is the FT-950 with an Palstar AT2K tuner and an Ameritron AL-1200 amp. It is linked to the these antennas:
20m - 6m - ten element log periodic at 70 ft.
30m - two inverted vees at 50ft - one oriented east/west, the other north/south.
40m - end-fed inverted vee at 75 ft and a 1/4 wave sloper at 65 ft.
80m - the tower is shunt-fed with 6 gull wing elevated 80m radials.
160m - sloper at 65 ft with 4 gull wing elevated 160m radials.
The second station is the TenTec Omni VII with an Ameritron Tuner and FT-2100 amp. It is linked to an 80m inverted vee doublet fed with ladder line and mainly used for ragchewing on the 80, 60, and 40 meters bands. I also operate the Omni remotely when we are traveling. So far I have logged over 245 different counties in remote operation of the station.
I am fortunate to have a great location with a lake to the NE, E. and SE. The lake is 30 ft below the yard level, so it effectively adds 30 ft to the height of the antennas. All the power lines in the neighborhood are buried so it is a very quiet location, and the neighbors all have cable tv so I have no problems with TVI. Also, with all the trees few of the neighbors even know the tower and antennas are there.
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