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I was licensed back in March of 2003 as a technician and then in March of 2006 I took my General. I mostly operate on 2, 6, and 160 but if you don't hear me I'm listening to shortwave, there's so much to listen too. My son Vinny KB1JDX and daughter Jana KB1LYF also operate at home and at our club field day event. Currently we have two operating stations in our home shack with enough wiring to confuse the pros. We attend the K1MUJ field day event each year so we normally have our work cut out for us setting up our station and power source. George KB1JDY has been with our team since the beginning and has always been there to help out with the Field Day planning and setup. We normally set up two tents, one for sleeping, and the other tent for our supplies like extra coax, the tool boxes, and anything else that might get wet during the field day event. Once the tents are setup we start tackling the G5RV, 160 dipole, and then assemble of our 28 foot tower for the 2, 6, and 440 beam antennas. There are things you can plan on and some you can't, and that's the weather! You never know what the weather is going to be like and in most cases we're just finishing up before it starts to rain. We hope for the best, but plan for the worse. We had some pretty bad thunderstorms over the years and a tent with damp radio equipment forced us to setup a safer portable Ham shack which is currently setup with three stations, a coffee maker, and air conditioning. Hey, its gets hot out there and it’s a great place to cool off after running around all day in the hot sun. I use an EZ-hang to shoot our lines over the top of the trees and then start pulling up the G5RV and 160 dipole. Ok! Looks good! Once the 2, 6, and 440 antennas are installed onto the tower we pull the tower up and tie it down. We normally put a spot light at the top of the tower, it's great for those late night walks. Once all the radios are connected Vinny and George finishes up connecting the two generators and grounding system. Jana KB1LYF often volunteers in our local nets as a control operator and operates in the field day contest, she does a great job. When the antennas are up and tested we start hanging our Amateur Radio Signs to identify the operators in the main trailer, and place orange cones around the tower pegs to protect them from getting hit by any visitors driving by at night. We're all set when Vinny finishes up the network system that connects all our laptops together. We even had a wireless system hanging half way up the tower wrapped in a plastic bag to keep it from getting wet. Our home shack can operates on commercial or emergency power utilizing 2 Windmills and 6 solar panels connected to a battery bank in the basement. The batteries supply a boosted 13.8 dc voltage to the radio room with a 1500 watt AC inverter that power the shack's computers and lighting system. Thank you for stopping by and if you happen to hear us on the air please give us a call.

73, KB1JQA

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