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Molon Labe is Greek for  - "Come And Take Them"

   The station consists of a Kenwood TS-590s transceiver, an LDG AT-1000 ProII Autotuner, and an Ameritron ALS-600s amplifier running into an LDG antenna switch box. My antennas are a 156' Inverted "L", a 124' Inverted "L" Sloper, a 533' Horizontal Loop, a G5RV, and a 43' vertical. The inverted "L"s are 45' apart, and at right angles, to each other so I don't have to worry about null zones in the patterns. I just added a K4KIO Hex Beam. It's on a temporary pole till I can get the mounting brackets and pushup pole where I want them. Fortunately I live in the country and have a 6+ acre back yard with plenty of very tall trees, and open spaces, for the antenna farm. I also have a Yeasu FT-1900 & Kenwood TM-D710 for VHF/UHF mobile and local repeater operation. The shack has two computers. A dedicated PC, to run HRD, Digital, etc. and a laptop, to keep me on the net for research (QRZ.com, etc.). Both are running Windows 10/64. The monitor, on the left, is connected to DirecTV so I can keep up with the news, etc. I use eQSL, LoTW, Direct, or the Bureau. Although I am newly licensed (2012) I am not new to radio having worked various military and government rigs over the years. The wife has been very supportive of my radio related activities and is my official "climber of trees" to hang antennas.        


   After 30+ years in law enforcement, I retired at the rank of Captain. In early 2004 I became an International Police Adviser and was assigned to the Department of State Police Mission in Iraq. I mentored Iraqi police and assisted the US military with rebuilding the security forces (we tried anyway). I spent approximately 6 years in Iraq and was embedded, with various American units. I lived on several Forward Operating Bases (north), a Polish Base (south) as well as with a Kurdish Battalion, of the Iraqi Army (aka The Peshmerga), at Al Taqaddum (TQ) Airbase (west) located in Habbaniyah between Fallujah and AR Ramadi. In 2011 the Military Police Mine Resistant Vehicle (MRAP) I was in took an Al Qaeda hit. As of 09/2017, I am still on the mend. I really enjoyed working with the US Military and the Iraqis, as well as interacting with the people of the middle eastern countries I worked in, and visited. 

  Working With some of the best "War-Fighters" in the US Army

1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry - Joint Security Base Istiqaal - Iraq

   From time to time I work my homemade "ManPack". The unit consists of an aluminium frame painted Olive Drab with a steel floor plate to hold a battery. The radio is a Yeasu FT857D stacked with a Signalink, for data, and an LDG ProII Autotuner. The antenna is an Opek (mobile) whip runing into a Diamond Duplexer so I can run VHF/UHF as well. Mounted within the frame, but on the side, is an LDG 4:1 Unun which allows me to select either a thrown long wire or the Opek via the LDG autotuner's dual antenna switching feature. I've been pleasantly surprised how well the Opek does and have worked european DX SSB QRP when the prop is right. The military style handset is a W2ENY H250. The entire frame system drops into my Kelty backpack. However, more often than not, I just set the unit up on a table at a park, my back yard, etc. and run the system via my spare SEC 1235 power supply. This also allows me to utilize temporary radials with a tripod mounted Alpha military vertical, as opposed to just using the HF Opek antenna. Eventually I'll add some solar panels to the go kit. The frame has two (2) removable legs which, when extended, allows it to lay semi flat on a table top so I can look directly at the face of the radio without having to stand over it. The frame also has a second antenna mounting lug at a 90 degree angle to the primary. This keeps the whip up right regardless of how the radio is positioned. The ManPack is a lot of fun !


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