Our New QTH - inside the community of ....
HOA rules have provided operating challenges but with a new Icom 7100 connected to rain gutters I was able to readily get on most HF bands, VHF and UHF with only a single radio. I have since added additional legacy radios used at our previous QTH.
The rain gutter connected HF system consists of:
During the CQ SSB contest at the end of October 2016 I made contacts in 20 countries on 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters all using the gutter and the 100 watt IC 7100..
I have recently added more HF antennas including a 40 meter and 20 meter dipole in the attic, a 17 M dipole hidden on the roof of the patio deck and an outside "stealth" 27 foot ground mounted vertical rising above the patio deck. The vertical is mounted on one of the patio deck's wooden support posts using a mobile mount (3/8 thread). It consists of :
The vertical has enabled 40 meter contacts throughout North America as well as into Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. All have been made with 120 watts SSB. My country list has gone up with these antenna additions. A recently purchased 200 watt tranceiver, a used Icom775, has made getting heard in pilups just a little easier.
I am active on DMR using both local repeaters and a newly acquired Shark RF Openspot.
Using a Cellular data connection and the Openspot has allowed me to experience mobile DMR using the extensive Brandmeister network. Dstar is available on VHF and UHF using the IC 7100 with an attic mounted dual band discone antenna.
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