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Hi...and thanks for looking me up.  QRZ.com encourages advertising ham to ham products so please allow me to briefly introduce you to Vari-Ten Antenna Tensioners for protecting tree supported wire antennas. Vari-Ten, LLC is a small business that I own and operate.  Our antenna Tensioners feature economical tree sway protection starting at $74.50 and shipment from stock.   Take a quick look at the summary of features below and then go to my web site at at http://www.antennatensioner.com to see videos of Tensioners in action, installation photos, and complete details.  My QRZ.com bio and station descriptions follow....




                                      HIDE IT....SET IT....FORGET IT

                                NEW OR EXISTING WIRE ANTENNAS


                           INSTALLS ANYWHERE ON SUPPORT ROPE

                            USE WITH OR WITHOUT A TOP PULLEY



9 Band DXCC, 5 Band WAZ(189), Challenge 2,370+,  CW, Phone, & Digital DXCC, 160m WAZ(30), VUCC, FOC #1967

All DXCC and WAZ Awards have been earned with simple wire antennas erected on a 1/3rd acre restricted lot.

The main station is an ICOM 7700 along with an ACOM 1000 amplifier. The back-up station is an IC-756PROII and a 45 year old Henry 2K amplifier. 95% of my operation is on CW, 160 through 10 meters. The primary antenna is a remotely tuned 158' inverted "L" that is used on all bands. My secondary antenna for 20m-10m is a remotely tuned 44' Lazy H (phased dipoles) fed with 600 ohm ladder line. I also use a K9AY double loop for Top Band receiving. My wire antennas are supported by pine trees and are protected with Vari-Ten Tensioners. http://www.antennatensioner.com .

I also operate two vintage stations. Station #1 is a restored Johnson Viking Ranger (1954) and a Drake 2B (1961) running about 40 watts. Station #2 is a National NC-183d receiver (1952) and a Meissner Signal Shifter (1948) that runs 5 watts QRP. The vintage stations are set up so that I can switch the antennas and station accessories to either #1 or #2. Sometimes it's fun to regress to my early General license days when we had to actually tune the transmitter and zero beat the other guy.

I was first licensed at the age of 14 as WN3AYT (Novice) in January 1955 in the Pittsburgh, PA area. After college I married my wife Gloria (now married 53 yrs) and in 1972 we moved to North Carolina and I was issued K4JJW (20wpm Extra). Our two children, Stacy and Steve, are grown and we are now retired in Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC after a career in the electrical equipment industry. Fairfield Harbour is a boating and recreational community on the Neuse River estuary.

Our home is on a small (0.28 acres) wooded residential lot that is restricted. One of my antennas is a 158' inverted "L" between two tall pines trees at 50'. I feed the "L" at the base of the vertical section with a remote auto-tuner and a 4;1 UNUN on the antenna side. It works well, all bands, 160m-10m. There is no room for a radial field, just a DC gnd with 8' ground rods around the tuner and a 160' counterpoise wire under the antenna. Our elevation is only 8' above sea level and 3'above the water table. This probably enhances the inverted L's dx performance.  My 44' Lazy H is used on 20-10m and is also fed with an auto-tuner, 4:1 balun and 600 ohm ladder line.

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