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Formerly KG7YUV

Originally, I was licensed as a novice (WN4CGA) in 1961 and later as WA4CGA and was active fron Tennessee.  In the mid 70's I was briefly active as WA2LUG from New Jersey.  After being inactive for many years, I was relicensed in November of 2015 as KG7YUV and now hold the call KG7CW.  Currently on 160-6 meters CW , SSB and Digital.  So far we are only on FT8, MSK144, and some JT65 but hope to get on other modes soon.

 

THE FARM

Winter access to the Farm.  It took this picture yesterday (1-21-17) and we have had 6 inches of snow overnight and it is still coming down hard.  We have over 3 feet on the ground and more where the access trail is located.  This area receives all the snow blown off a portion of our parking area.  That was last year.  This year(2018) we have bare ground!  This does not bode well for our fire season next summer.

 These are pictures of our Farm with the crossbars supporting the base of the 160 meter inverted L.  In the large bird house is a Diamond antenna switch.  In the small bird house on the side is a nesting house finch.  He kept using the switch box so I found her a more suitable home.   The dual dipole is a 40 30 meter antenna.

 

This is my 160 meter inverted L with side vertical 5/8 wavelenght vertical elements for 30 meters (no longer installed).  This antenna has eight elevated 1/4 wavelenght counterpoises. We live in an area with thin stoney soils which leads to a high ground loss situation for the antenna.  My remedy for this situation was suggested in ON4UN's book Low Band Dxing, is to install a ground screen under the counterpoises.  So far I have placed about a dozen 1/4 wave and one half wave radial under the counter poises. These should act as a secondary ground  (similar to the AKI Special-ON4UN's Low Band DXing) and reduce the gfround losses.  According to ON4UN this can significantly affect the performance of the antenna.  I am continuing to place radials and have embarked on installing 1/2 wave in addition to the 1/4 wave radials.   

On the receive side, just before winter (2017-2018), I installed a 3/4 wave reversible Beverage aimed East-West and have plans for a second one running SE-NW.  This Beverage has definitely imnproved my ability to detect weak signals from Europe by reducing my noise level about 6 db.  This replaced a LOG (Loop on the Ground) which I never could get to work properly.  It had more noise than the inverted L.   

The 17 meter Moxon is in storage and may be replaced with a hex beam.  We will see what fall brings.  I am still waiting for a  tower I ordered in April and it is now the first week of August.  I think they had to start by mining the iron ore.

Here is my reversible 3 element 40 meter inverted V beam aimed at western Europe and the central Pacific and Europe long path.  It seems to be working well.  It was fun working some long path to Europe this winter in the mornings about sunrise.

 

This is one of our pair of 40 meter extended double zepps. These are excellent low noise antennas for 40 meters with 3 db gain broadside to the array.  They are also excellent!! 80 meter antennas and work well on 30 - 12 meters with a tuner.   They were constructed using the W5JH dimensions given in the 23rd addition of the ARRL Antenna Handbook with the addition of an electrical 1/2 wave of 450 ohm feedline (using the velocity factor).  A 1:1 choke balun was used at the 450 ohm feedline juncture with 50 ohm coax.  If you have the room this is an excellent antenna to use.  I am in the process on building and installing a third 40 meter EDZ to give me more coverage.

 

 

Hope to have this tribander and 6 meter beam on a modest tower later this year but for now only have the 6 meter beam up.  Since this picyure I have managed to get it 10 feet or so higher. 

The equipment is a Yaesu FT991, Palstar AT2K tuner and an ACOM 600S amplifier. Note the WWll naval key on the left.   Just added a FTDX3000 to the shack.  

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KG7CW
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dedateband mode grid Country op
CT1GYD 2018-01-18 40m FT8 IN51qd Portugal Victor Alexandre Fortuna Peixoto
K4DAY 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EM75mf United States Ernest E Day
WC3N 2018-01-18 40m FT8 FM19ri United States GARY W KEGAN
WA6MBL 2018-01-18 40m FT8 DM13tq United States Robert I Tucker
K1PL 2018-01-18 40m FT8 FN31po United States PAUL LUX
KM4JNR 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EM86TH00 United States Chad R Bruckman
W0PEC 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EN34jw United States Nels E Knutzen
KD2IYI 2018-01-18 40m FT8 FN30BR33 United States Michael J Johnston
K3OK 2018-01-18 40m FT8 FN20gr United States Wm. J MARINELLI SR
KC9TC 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EM48tp United States Ira S Brodsky
N5KWL 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EM34rs United States Thomas E Moore Jr
EA6OK 2018-01-18 40m FT8 JM19nh Balearic Islands ANTONIO MAURA SANTANDREU
EA7YT 2018-01-18 40m FT8 IM76sr Spain Jose Ramos
N4RVE 2018-01-18 40m FT8 CN88rd United States STEVEN K ROBERTS
VA6MNT 2018-01-18 40m FT8 DO02xv Canada Peter Langeveld

Book Totals: 12795 qso's   1967 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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DX World Award#6051
Granted: 2017-10-19 03:03:41   (KG7CW)

United States Counties Award#743
Granted: 2016-07-19 15:30:02   (KG7YUV)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#12657
Granted: 2016-04-22 23:50:02   (KG7YUV)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#11335
Granted: 2016-04-22 23:50:02   (KG7YUV)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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