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Station (2015-Feb-15):

HF/6m: Icom IC-756ProII, 100w			Tower: Hygain HG54-HD, 54Ft (16.5m) Crank-Up
	80 M: W2AU Dipole @ 12Ft (4m)		Hygain DCU-3 Digital Controller for T2X Rotator
	40 M: Cushcraft X740, 1el @ 56Ft (18m)	Stack: 6m (top) 6m5X, 2m (mid) 17B2, HF (Bot) X7 + X740
	30-10M: Cushcraft X7, 7el yagi @ 56Ft (18m)
	6 M: M Squared 6M5X, 5el yagi @ 65Ft (21m)

2m VHF: Icom IC-746Pro					
	SSB Electronics SP-2000 Mast Mounted Preamp	
	SSB Electronics DCW-15B Sequencer
	Cushcraft 17B2, 17el Boomer @60Ft (20m)
	Mirage B-2530G Amplifier, 25w Input/300w Output

Logging software is LOGic v9 (www.hosenose.com) controlling Icoms 756ProII, 746Pro and the Hygain DCU-3 turning the antennas. This is a full
featured program with extensive reporting and customizing capabilities.

 

Thanks for the Look-Up !!

A little about me........Prior to being licensed in 1985, I was an avid shortwave listener, engulfed in electronics since I could talk with many many great childhood memories of the vacuum tube era. That warm glow of those classic radios was mesmerizing to say the least, not to mention the added heat, much loved in Northeast Ohio on a cold wintry day, and, better than a real wood fireplace!! 

After "finally" getting my license, I quickly got hooked on 2m SSB.  It was my passion for many many years, still is today, but the TVI bug has come home here to roost, forever I think.  It was the 2007 January VHF Contest, attempting to repeat my Single Operator High Power (Ohio Section) awards of 2002 and 2003.  Long story short, TVI has been an issue for me on 2m, and was for several years, until the 2006 Sept VHF Sweepstakes.  Magically, no issues.....alas....life is good!!  So looked forward to Jan of 2007, and when it came, I was ready to pounce with a passion....CQ TEST CQ TEST CQ TEST, OMG life is good!!!  Then....."ring - ring".....NO, CMON....REALLY....10 minutes is all i get ???  The dreaded phone call "your getting into our TV, sound system, phone, and computer"....wha...????  So, went QRT till a convenient time for troubleshooting.  After many attempts to resolve the "interference" nothing ended up working.  Fast forward about a year and the complications of family, job, and life ended up taking priority.

Fast forward 6 years to early 2013, I could see that the old HF antenna (Hygain TH5-MK2) may be ready for an upgrade, it had been up for almost 20 yrs, likewise the 2m VHF Cushcraft 17-B2 Boomer needed some polish as well, and the crank-up tower was starting to look a little rusty (how the heck does one paint that sucker??).  So purchased a new Cushcraft X7 for a couple more elements on the bands with the added benefit of it tuning up on the WARC bands, then added an M2 6M5X five element yagi for 6m.  Started to plan for what ended up being a massive re-building project.

Fast forward to November 2014....yup....no TRUE ham does his antenna work in good weather....I can attest to that, and so can the XYL, who sadly will NEVER get her license after this project !!!  It was quite an ordeal for just the two of us, but, we got it done, and, RF is finally departing from all that shiny new aluminum up in the air !!

What did we do ??  Took down the tower, cut out the section stops and dis-assembled all three sections and had everything re-hot dipped galvanized.  Replaced the raising cables, pulleys, winch and thrust bearing.....email me if you want the specifics on all this, the galvanizing worked like a champ!!  Purchased a new mast pipe, 1026 DOM, needed about 6 more feet for the stack.  Replaced ALL the coax with Davis RF Bury-Flex (great stuff).  Replaced the rotor and switch box cables (about 300ft of each), pulled the hardline out of the 110 ft of 4 inch PVC pipe from the shack to the tower.  It was loaded with water, had to clear it, find the leak, re-run the hardline (1-1/4" for VHF and 7/8" for HF).  The hardest part was the Cushcraft X7 beam.....oh ya, I bought the add-on 40m element for it as well.....Sue (the XYL) and I had a heck of a time getting this from the driveway to the tower, and just as much fun getting it on the mast pipe.

Pics of the project ........ enjoy!!

2014-2015 Tower Project

Close-up before taking it all down.....just a bit rusty i'd say !!         The winch had seen its last days as well.      Tower broken down (un-nested)

Back from being re-Hot Dip Galvanized....NICE !!    Sections assembled, 6m beam on the mast !!     2m beam now on the mast, X7 on the ground.
                                                                                               One beam down.....two to go !!               Most everything went smooth up to this point.
     

The X7 is a BIG HEAVY antenna.... I added the          FINALLY.........the X7 is on the mast !!!              Cranked Up and ready for some DX !!!!!!!!!!!!
X740 40m element to it, making it HEAVIER yet.               Thanks to my XYL, Sue!!!!                         1st QSO (since 2007): 2015 01 Jan with EA8JK 
....it sat right there for a couple hours (hi hi !!)   
 

 

 

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