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My wife and I found a nice home in Marana AZ and we are busy unpacking our belongings which shipped down from the Seattle area. I won't be on the air anytime soon as we live in a CCR neighborhood. I may be able to put up a stealth antenna at night or maybe something inconspicuous for a more permanent installation. For the time being, it's more important that my wife is comfortable in the drier climate.

UPDATE July 2015

Good news. I've finally gotten around to getting a station on the air. It consists of a ground mounted Hustler stick with the triband adapter. I put down two radials for each contest band from 40 to 10 meters. Ran out of wire so 80 meter radials will be installed in the fall. I also put up an OCF 80M dipole tacked to the concrete block wall in the backyard. It's only 6 feet high but should be fine for close in contacts. The radio is an Elecraft K-2 100, interface is an old Microham keyer I kept from my station in WA. I don't plan on using phone yet so a microphone is absent. I should be able to work digital modes once I figure out how to setup the laptop. During FD I worked 284 Q's as 1E AZ and was pretty happy with the Hustlers. Great antennas.

UPDATE Sept 2015

Always looking for ways to improve my station, I purchased a 500' roll of #16 black insulated wire and laid down another bunch of radials. The rock covered backyard now has 15 radials fanning out from the Hustler mount. I had to install another bolt thru the plywood mount to accomodate the added radials. My little ducky friend popped out of the pool to help out! On the Hustler triband adapter you can see the resonators. 

Here is a pix of the operating position. I'm parked in a corner of the master bedroom.  Don't see a mic? I don't own one.

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