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Mobile operating possition in our 40' 2008 Alfa Gold motor home.

View showing the Vertical mast. The black box behind the satalite dom is the auto tuner

View of the home brew tilt over system and gate latch used to hold the vertical upright.


I am active on 40 meters around 7155 most mornings, after sun rise. 73, Gil. . . .
I grow up in southern California, with an active interest in electronics. I built my first crystal set at age 12. I got interested in Ham Radio soon after that. My novice class ham ticket came in September of 1958, at age 15. My first rig was a kit, running 6SN7 twin triode, super regenerative receiver, and a 6L6, 25-Watt transmitter. When I upgraded to General class, I built a modulator for my CW rig and went on AM with about 20 watts, crystal controlled.

When I could afford it, I purchased a used Halicrafter HT-37 SSB transmitter, and a Drake 2B receiver. In 1961 I began working for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, while still a senior in High school. I continued working while going to college and starting a family. After graduating from college, I was promoted to engineering and spent most of my career in Telephone Company technical training and engineering.

In 1984 I was asked to go to Morristown, New Jersey and work for Bell Communications Research (formally Bell Labs). This was to provide technical support to the Bell Operating Companies. Following divestiture from AT&T. While there, I got the DX bug. I worked over 300 countries and learned to love communicating with other hams all over the world.

At the end of 1987 I was offered an opportunity to take early retirement. With much thought, I took it. I then began exploring spirituality and metaphysics. This led to a new career as owner of a wholesale business providing products for conscious living to stores throughout the United States.

In the early 90’s I discovered New Mexico. When visiting there, it felt like home. In 2000, my wife Danna Loori (K2JOY) and I, moved to a small farm in the middle Rio Grande Valley, south of Albuquerque. We work together at our business, “Happy Heart Enterprises LLC”. Our business takes us on the road about 7 months of the year. This gives us the opportunity to visit our four kids, and grand kids, that live in four different states. We travel in a 41' Alfa Gold RV and tow a 21' car hauler trailer.

In the RV, I run a Kenwood TS 480HX at 200W. Fortunately for me, Danna loves to drive the RV. (She used to be an Orange County Transit Bus driver). I use an SG-230 auto tuner mounted on the rear roof of the RV and feed either of three different antennas, depending on if we are in motion or not. The fold-over 20' fiberglass pole has a wire up the center, as a vertical. There is a pulley on top to hold an inverted V or L, when space is available. While in motion, I trail a 22' wire from the top of the ladder to the rear corner of the car hauler trailer. A home brew relay circuit switches between the vertical and the end fed wire. In the vertical mode the trailing wire becomes a ground radial.

The home HF station is an ICOM 7600 and a PW-1 amp feeding a SteppIR DB-18 at 60’. This gives me 6 thru 40 meters with gain. I also have a home brew 40' vertical AND a 160-meter inverted V, both fed with balanced line and tuners.

Other interests include: 5-string banjo, folk guitar, creating efficient ham radio antennas, taking our home off the grid, or at least creating more energy then we use and selling it back to the power company. To this end, we installed a 7.4 KW solar power plant on our barn. This can be seen, on line, at Google Earth.

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