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I was Raised on Radio.

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LOTW is my preferred QSL method, it's free and saves us both time and money.  All QSO's go right to LOTW within minutes.

Much of my operating is spent chasing DX, mostly on CW.  When I am not doing that I'm plotting and planning potential station improvments.  

I home brew my own beer. My favorite is a pre Prohibition Stock ale. Hops is the word. I love well made, coffee. I enjoy Bluegrass music, and listening to baseball games on the radio. And I have a passion for Dirt Track Auto racing. "If you don't have a little dirt in your beer, you are at the wrong track" I am also very interested in Astronomy, and Physics.

Back in the 60's,  while in the U.S. Navy I was a Radioman on a Fast Attack Submarine.  I am a Qualified Submarine Sailor, and a Plankowner of the USS Haddock SSN621. I spent the last few months I was in the Navy, at ComSubPac, sending out the old FOX broadcast. vvv vvv vvv de ysub ysub ysub zbo

I am a retired Unix / Linix support geek.    I have some Linux boxes running seti@home, and einstein@home.  

To choose from a plethora of projects to devote computer time to, see:  https://boinc.berkeley.edu/  

I am happily married to a wonderful woman of Irish descent named Glenna. And I have two grown children, five grandchildren, one great grandchild, and an 18 year old Lhasa Apso named Amy, that thinks I am her Dad or another dog, or both. (Sadly Amy, a great dog for 18.5 years, went to Dog heaven in January of 2010)

My current antennas are Force 12 C3 yagi (a great antenna), 30M home brew vertical, 40M home brew vertical, a dipole for 80M hung off my tower and a home brew Inverted "L" for 160M.

Moved during the summer of 2015 from a house in Boone Iowa to 5.2 acres in the middle of a sea of corn / soybean fields about 4.5 miles southwest of Moorland Iowa.   Had to take down all my antennas and get them back up again before Iowa winter arrived.  Just made it.

Tower and beam back up at new QTH 10-25-2015  photos below

Attaching the boom to mast bracket to the mast.  The Force 12 boom to mast bracket is a very clever design.   It is two flat plates perpendicular to each other.  One on the boom of the antenna and one on the mast.  As you install the mast plate you insert one of the bolts that will hold the boom plate into a hole in the upper center of the mast plate.  It is positioned such that behind the head of the bolt is the mast so it won't fall out.   Then as you bring up the antenna it is easy to hang it on that bolt that is sticking out and quickly put on a nut.  Now the antenna is supported making it easy to install the other bolts and nuts.

You can see for miles from up here.

 

Just finished installing the Force 12 C3 on the tower.   It is pointed at EU in this photo.

 

 

Winter in Iowa

Winter looking north.  The 40m vertical is the closest, the 30m vertical you can hardly see, but the pipe it is mounted on is siloetted against the garage.   The yagi is just visible above the trees, and on the far end of the garage is the tower and mast that hold up the vertical part of the 160m inverted L.   The 80m dipole that hangs from the tower is invisible.

New homebrew 30 Meter Vertical patterned after the 40 Meter Vertical.  The coax is in schedule 40 stapled to the half frozen ground.  I'll bury it after the spring thaw, or move the antenna.  

Home brew 40M Vertical with tuned, elevated radials, built from a lot of unrealted stuff stored in the machine shed.   It works so well I built a copy for 30 Meters.

New 160 Meter Inverted L  Got it done just before the temps really dropped.  3/8 wave length, with elevated, tuned radials.

Curved black lines are parachute cord that I used to haul the wire up to the pulley at the top.

Photo taken from near the far end of the horizontal part of the "L".

Photo taken from the roof of the garage looking toward the end of the horizontal part of the Inverted "L".  You can just see the rope coming out of the old corn crib going to the insulator that appears to be hovering in midair all by it self.  From the insulator the wire continues on to the end of my machine shed.  3/8ths wave length on 160M.

Photos taken in the summer of 2017 from near the top of my tower.

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