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I first got my Amateur license in 1991. Moved to my current location 9 years ago. I left behind a nice antenna farm with a tri-band Mosley 6 element beam on a 60 foot tower, resonant dipoles for 160, 80 and 40 meters, a 10 element Mosley VHF beam and a 10 meter vertical up 80 foot in a tree. All these antennas were setting at the end of 1160 feet of hard line on top of the mountain behind my shack.

My current QTH operation.  I currently operate on 160, 75, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 Meters.  My primary rig on HF is the Yaesu FTDX 3000 equiped with a Heil PR-40 Microphone.  I have a Kenwood 850 and a MC-60 Microphone hooked to a W2IHY EQplus for back up.  I also can use my Yaesu 857D for back up.  I have two amplifiers in the shack.  My primary amp is the Ameritron AL-1500 and the back up is the amp supply LK-500ZB running a pair of graphite 3-500Z bulbs.  Both amps easily run the USA legal limit.

On 160, 75, and 40 meters I have a fan dipole up at 65 feet.  I have two mountain top verticals setting at the end of 1800 feet of 1/2 inch hard line that covers 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, VHF and UHF bands.  I also have two verticals on top of the shack roof top for back up on these bands.  But I must confess in these mountains they are no comparison on either transmit or receive with their mountain top counterparts.




The two hilltop antennas are mounted in the trees on

the apex of the hill behind the shack.  One of the

verticals is an IMax 2000 that I use on 10 through 20

meters and it works very good for this purpose.


Loaded up with antennas and heading up the

mountain.  The best way to run 1800 feet of 1/2 inch

hard line is to start at the top and spool down.



Kenny putting the Imax up about 70 feet in top of a walnut tree.



Below putting final touch on the hill top VHF/UHF vertical.

This is our fan dipole that I'm currently using for 160, 75 and 40 meters up 65 ft.

Below is a double extended Zep cut for 75 meters. Its a 5/8 antenna of 312 feet fed with homebrew 600 ohm ladder line.

Antenna loads up on all bands with a good tuner but 75 meters is its band. I hope to get this BIG GUN back up soon.

I run a Yaesu 857D mobile with two antennas ( ATAS for 40 through 6 meters) and a duel band diamond for VHF & UHF.

Back up verticals on top of my shack.


Some of our equipment.

Yaesu FTDX 3000

Kenwood 850

Yaesu 857D and the RF Concepts amp. The 170 WATTS from the amp helps with the 1800 feet of feed line.

The Amertron AL-1500 Amp.

Amp Supply LK500ZB.

When I need a antenna tuned while runing legal limit I turn to the old and tough Dentron Supper Supper tuner to get the job done.


A veiw from the mountain looking down in the valley of my QTH.

Painted the shack door with some old contacts.


Some winter time radioing!

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