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Hello everyone, thanks for dropping by.


I update this page frequently, so check in often. I have pics of some of my projects at different steps of completion. BTW, that's Lucy the Alligator with me in the picture above. She belonged to someone at a party in New Orleans.

I am now finished with the tower/antenna project. One of my mentors told me that out of every dollar that you spend on this hobby put 75 cents toward the antenna. I initially thought that might be a bit of an overstatement, but, turns out he was right. A great antenna with just a marginal radio is ten times better than the opposite.

Installing the new tower:

Notice the cloud cover, true blessing.Yep, that's me!

T-8 on its way up:

No cloud cover, but also no wind. Still a blessing considering we had to drop the guy lines. Gets a little wobbly up there.


T-8 just about there:

Had a bit of a cluster raising, which was my fault, but there she be.


T-8 on the mast:

No cloud cover and no wind. Hot! But, a total relief. I logged 3 1/2 hours on the tower this day. That's a total of 10 hours with feet on the little cross bars, start to finish. Ouch! My sore feet, and a few other parts as well.



This is one angle of the finished Antenna project. The T-8 is at 50 ft. the 2M beam is at 56 ft. Below I have a 10 ft "yard arm" centered on the tower. One side holds a 40M inverted V dipole and the other side a 80M inverted V dipole.

That's "Al" the Owl guarding against the black birds and protecting his turf.

This is a close up of "Al", who is always on duty. Notice the long talons below his perch. Those are un-clipped zip ties for effect.


Tower is up:

the 2M beam and mis-aligned 6M. These are just temporary, they will be aligned once the T-8 log periodic goes up. See next pic.

Tennadyne T-8:

Log Periodic built and waiting to climb to new heights. The RF Choke is yet to be installed.

The old antenna: Homebrewed 3 band Moxon with a 6M two element Diamond 502 antenna on top. This has been taken down and given to a new ham just getting into the HF bands. You might notice the 2M/440 in the background on top of the log periodic TV (cut the cable several years ago).

Soon a tower will adorn my neighborhood. I will post pic's of the assembly. On the new tower will be a Tennadyne T-8 Log Periodic, Hy-Gain 14 Element 2M.

My 2M/440 rig is a Yaesu FTM-400DR ANT: GP-6.

This pic is how my station got its start. I was in a hurry to get on the air. That is three 2x10's nailed together.

HF Rig: IC-7200

My current station

New smaller light weight go kit. I still have the FTM 400 2M/70cm in the kit for convenience but will soon be installed at the upcoming base station desk.

My main hobby prior to Ham has been boating. I have a 31 ft FourWinns cruiser (Time Aweigh) at Lake Thunderbird that me and the XYL love to stay at when we have time. There are 8 boats on our dock and the good time starts about noon on Friday and ends sometime late Sunday afternoon.

Member of South Canadian Amatuer Radio Society. (South Canadian is the name of a river that borders our city)

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