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I am working to get my 432 station back up after winter weather has taken my HD300 rotor and  2x2 33 element yagi antenna structure out for a second year.

My location suffers from vorticies "little tornatoes" generated from winds comming off the lake and onto land. The vorticies have sucked up  my 120mph 50 year shingles off my my house roof 6 times in the last 10 years. To the point, the vorticies violently yank my antenna's back and forth. Not possible to aim antenna into prevaling winds. 

I do have my 6m and 2m systems up and working at the 1000w level.

I got interested in VHF and UHF back in the 70's when a colleague  and fellow ham (W2GIG now N2PK) wanted to try some 70 cm experiments. He live some 10 miles south of me and I thought it would be fun. So I constructed a 1 watt 2n3866 transmitter and a 11 element beam in my attic and pointed it south.

While testing it I was stunned when I received a call from K2UYH. At that time, K2UYH was located some 180km south of me.

Back then, I was located in Poughkeepsie, NY, some 140 feet ASL That QTH was surrounded with "mountains" that went from 1250 to over 1700 feet. The 1748 foot "mountain" was south of me. Knife edge refraction was very effective in all directions, but especially south. It was a great QTH for UHF.

Eventually, I constructed an EME station for 432 and worked EME during the early 1980's. Work and a lightning stroke greatly limited my operation from the later 1980's until retirement in 2004.

My present QTH is 15 feet above Lake Huron lake level and has proven to be significantly more challenging than my previous QTH.

I am hoping to get more punch with a 2x2 yagi array of 33 element for 432. I have 7 elements on 6m and 12 elements on 2 meters. Both built from the designs in antenna handbook.

First licensed as wn8tiy in 1954. 64 years in hamming.




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