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Hi,

I use the nickname Randy.

First licensed in 1994 as a tech. Was interested long before, even took novice class with Boulder Amateur Radio Club in 1974, but could not get passed the code. In 2014 I took the general test after doing about six online tests and passed. They said I could take the extra test while I was there and I missed by two questions. Came back in 2016 studied the Gordo book just before they changed the question pool and passed, so now I am an extra.

Home radio is a FT-991A but I have a ID-880H in the truck, FT-2400M (first 2m rig) in the Jeep and a HW-101 from the days when I was a want to be ham. Plans are to bring it back to life.

KB0NAV QTH

The QTH. two meter yagi, dual band vertical as well as DX-A (40, 80 and 160) off the 30 foot mast. The ten element Cushcraft shown in the picture has been moved to backpack service as shown below and replaced with a 13 element Cushcraft two meter yagi and a 19 element Cushcraft 70 cm yagi. I already have enough pictures with snow on the ground so this one is staying.

Above is my home built 6 meter yagi. It was a 5 element CB antenna that fell over and was given to me. I took the non-bent parts and there was enough left to make this. The rotor is mounted on a vent pipe so it is about 3 feet over the crown of the roof.

Yes that's 17 gauge electric fence wire!

This relic from the 60's and 70's is an old Hy-gain 18AVQ/WB with added vertical wires for 17 and 12 which is also work as half wave on six meters. Was originally close to the house but moved down by the leach field for better ground and less noise from the stuff in the house. Previously had the factory recommended radials that had the two opposing wires for each band. The new install has 32 radials all 50 feet long and all right on the surface if the ground. It seems to work better then the 80 meter Windom for DX and is quieter.

A little hard to see but this is my 160 meter inverted 'L'. Put it down the hill in the meadow with the hope that the trees up slope and the feed point down slope would make the vertical portion taller. I ran a support rope from the top of the up slope tree to the top of one of the biggest of the small trees in the meadow. From the support rope there is a dog bone insulator to isolate the pulley that is at the bend in the 'L'. Insulator needed because the pulley rides right on the wire. End result is about 50 feet vertical and 80 feet horizontal. It 16 radials that are 50 feet and hook into fence lines where they are encountered.

Here is the feed point of the inverted 'L'. It has a 8 foot ground rod as anchor. I drove it until about 4" remained above ground. I slipped a stainless steel ring over the rod as a strain relief for the radials. (8 when the picture was taken now 16) Then tapped the end of the rod 5/8" 11 and used an eye nut to hold the vertical. To connect I put a so239 chassis connect across an insulator with wire soldered to the ground side that runs down to the clamp where all the radials are also clamped to the ground rod.

OMISS number 10790

A view of my 60 meter dipole that seems to work real well on lower bands as well. Is running north and south but works well into central and south America on 10, 17 and 20 meters. Upper line is paracord to carry the weight and I hope stand up to our 100 mile a hour winter winds.

Got a little tired of not being able to talk to the out of state guy on the Beamspinners net.
Figured I could pack up the rig and walk up the mountain being my house. You can see that mountain in the QTH picture at the top of the page. No outlets up there so need to bring power along. I repurposed my old Hotline wildland fire fighter line pack by installing 2, 6 volt 14 amp hour sealed lead acid batteries into the former Fire Shelter container if the pack.

Batteries in the Jiffy Pop ten holder

Walked up the hill with my FT-857D, Cushcraft ten element two meter beam and an old camera tripod.

And it all worked. Battery lasted the net with no loss of voltage. Finally got to talk to WD0BQM in Mitchell NE, 160 miles and heard beacons from NW of Casper WY (215 miles) and Friend City KS (270 miles).

Looking at the back side of the Flatirons.

Next time I am going to do a SOTA activation and take a HF antenna...

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