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I'm running an FT-950; in my opinion, you get a lot of bang for the buck with this radio.  I've added a dongle based pan-adapter, and I almost feel like I'm cheating having to just point and click on signals in the band

My most reent change is putting up a G5RV (actually, an ZS6BKW Optimized G5RV) into my trees at about 50'.  This entailed first building a pneumatic tennis-ball launcher, that is a separate story.  Suffice it to say, I had some fun, and the new antrenna lets me work 40m and 80m now.

During the summer of 2014, I replaced my 4BTV vertical with a Spiderbeam.  I purchased a roof-top tower from W8IO.  This is an 8-foot tower, VERY similar to the commercial brand but at a significant savings.  The fit and finish were top grade, and the tower went together easily.

The 5-band, HD version of the Spiderbeam kit took longer than I exspected to do all of the measuring, cutting, and tying, but I got it together in my backyard.

Next was the process of getting this antenna onto the tower.  It is not heavy (about 25 pounds), but is is unwieldy with the 32' boom and spreader length.  We had to manuver it onto the garage roof, then onto the house roof.  I have my two sons, Mike and Jeff helping.


Here it is in its final spot.  Even from this distance, I see a well deserved sense of accomplishment displayed on our faces.

A shot of the antenna on a clear January Ohio day.


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