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Radio Equipment (2017) {Pictures below}

  • Yaesu FTDX5000MP
  • Elecraft K1 with HF Packer 35w amplifier, both built by me
  • Elecraft K2/100, built by me - there is something really cool about making contacts on radios you build yourself
  • K1SWL Rockmite for 40m, built by me
  • Yaesu FT-817ND and Yaesu FT-857D for satellite work using two radios for full duplex
  • Yaesu FTM-400DR
  • Yaesu FT60, FT1XDR HTs, TYT MD-380 HT, and Icom ID-31A HT
  • DV3K Dongle
  • SharkRF Hotspot
  • Alpha 99 amplifier
  • SPE Expert 1K-FA amplifier
  • QRO HF-2500DX amplifier
  • Ten Tec Centurion amplifier

Antennas & Switching

  • US Tower HDX-589
    • Force 12 Magnum 520 monoband
    • Force 12 Magnum 240 monoband
    • Force 12 EF-315 monoband
  • Rohn 25g
    • Steppir 3 element (20-6m)
    • Force 12 EF-410 monoband
    • Diamond X50A (2m/440)
    • Cushcraft 124WB (2m)
  • Cushcraft 13B2 and M2 440-18 with ARR RF switched preamps and Yaesu G-5500 for satellite work
  • HyTower modified to be a full size vertical on 80m
  • Dipoles for 80, 40, 30, 20
  • Inverted L for 160
  • DX Engineering 4 square active receive antenna
  • Homebrew switch for directing paddles and amp keying to appropriate radio
  • Microham Microkeyer II and Station Master for the FTDX-5000 and K2/100 (two sets)
  • Antenna switching by KK1L 2x6, DX Engineering and Array Solutions
  • Alpha Delta manual 4 position switches used to select radios and amps

The shack computer is a homebrew i7 model with 16gb RAM, water cooling, SSD and RAID drives and running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with dual monitors.

QSLing is done primarily via LOTW.  I do upload to eQSL on occasion for those that use that service, but, never download any confirmations nor chase any of their awards.  Direct and bureau requests are also answered.  Logging is primarily done with DXLab Suite.

I do not use the QRZ web or logbook or ever look at it.

Hope to work you on the bands.




US Tower HDX589 with 20m, 15m and 40m yagis, bottom to top.

Jet plane passing over the antennas.  Many coast to coast flights pass right over my QTH.

Rohn 25g with 3 element SteppIR plus extra 6m element, 4 element 10m, Diamond 2m/440 vertical and Cushcraft 2m fixed beam pointing toward Grand Rapids, MI. 

Array Solutions antenna switch at the base of the full size 80m vertical (former HyTower) also connecting several dipoles strung up in the trees nearby.  Grey box houses a matching vacuum variable capacitor for 160m inverted L that shares the radial field.

Satellite setup awaiting permanent tower mounting.  Yes, all the trees seriously hamper reception even with no leaves.

My other current hobby...  Below is a picture I took in 2016 on my tour of Michigan's Upper Pennisula at Great Sand Bay near Copper Harbor, MI.

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