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CAT 4 HURRICANE MATTHEW SURVIVOR (I am told that I am now officially a Floridian :-)

I access the airwaves via three methods: #1 is my local home station, #2 is my personal remote base (~7 miles from home), #3 is via RemoteHamRadio. See below for details.

#1 Icom IC-7300 through a "Tarheel LT-II" (80m-6m) antenna & HEIL PR-781 microphone; A SDRplay RSP-1 as a secondary local receiver connected to a long wire antenna, various software packages for data modes. The Tarheel LT-II antenna is 7' above ground and is supported by 4x 12' radials at the 7' height. Also have a FLEX- 1500 w/homemade 100W amp.

Note: All WSPR operation is now done from my home using the IC-7300 ~5W ERP with the Tarheel LT-II antenna in TX/RX. PSK31 and JT65 is also via the IC-7300 but at ~60-70W. ALE operation is now being tested @ ~60W on single channels, mainly on 18.106 MHz. No broadband antenna so no scanning for now.

#2 Remote controlled (RemoteRig) Kenwood TS-480SAT through either a GAP Titan DX vertical antenna or a B&W BWDS-90S broadband dipole. Remote is ~7 miles from my home at EL97qx. As you can see below, the main antenna is the vertical and the secondary is a Barker & Williamson BWDS-90S broadband dipole in an inverted V with the apex at around 50 feet. These two are also connected to a remote controlled Ameritron ALS-600S 600W amplifier and ARI-500 combo. I typically run the system at around 500W.

A third antenna is a M2 6M HO LOOP 6m antenna at around 20 feet above ground. It's fed with a 20' run of RG214 coaxial cable and connected to Antenna Port #2 of the TS480-SAT. This port feeds up to 100W into the 6m antenna.

The M2, 5-element 17m monobander (no traps) you see is used by Allan, K4SFP. I can use it when he is in the UK (see below for my remote control capabilities)

#3 As I don't have the pleasure of being able to setup and run big antennas and high power, I subscribe to the www.RemoteHamRadio.com system. From there, I can use one of several USA-based sites located on both coasts (No, I did not take the $$$$ premium option as I haven't won any lottery yet LOL). Some sites offer high gain antennas and 1kW power while others are more modest. So if the QSO I had with you was via this method, I will identify myself as /2, /6 etc., and note it on the eQSL (preferred) or QSL. In these cases, I will use the transmitter's location as my QTH (NY, California, etc.) and not my Florida home. This makes it honest as I am not lying about my QTH.

Other items ...

V/UHF, D-STAR & DMR - ICOM ID-5100A & ID-51A. The ID-5100A runs through a Diamond X-200A antenna. These are located at my home QTH. Non D-STAR portable is a Yaesu VX-8R. Mobile is with a 50W dual band ICOM IC-2730A.

On the UHF-DMR side, I have a Hytera MD-782 at home and a Hytera PD-782 as my handheld.The MD-782 runs through a M2 440-6SS 6-element beam pointed towards Orlando and the D-MARC systems.

I also use "DV4home" at my home (DMR/DMRplus, Brandmeister, D-Star, FUSION, NXDN, P25) and a "DV4mini AMBE" for my laptop when I travel. Although relatively new to the game it's fun to play with. I also have an OpenSPOT hotspot which is similar but not as flexible (no D-Star-to-DMR cross mode).

Backup antennas --> I have one Hi-Q 4/80 Piranha and two MFJ loop antennas, the MFJ-1788 40m-15m and 1786 30m-10m. They are swapped when I feel like it for experimentation (stored in the attic for now). I also have my CHA-250bx broadband vertical as a backup also in the attic. Some say the latter is a "radiating dummy load", but it does work and in an emergency, it can be assembled in 30 minutes and covers the entire HF spectrum.

Remote Rotator & Management: In addition to the RemoteRig pair, I am also using an IP based remote AC Power switch (8-outlets) and the RemoteRig 1216L and 1216H to remotely manage a HAM-IV rotator and various relays via the Internet link.  

ALE: It's running on occasion in single channel mode from home. My next plan is to get the TS-480SAT up and running on ALE using PC-ALE software and the BB dipole. The computer would be at my home and it would be running the ALE software through the radio at the remote site.

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Over the years, I built and used homemade HF transmitters (15W to 100W), built a Knight Kit T-150 transmitter, an Heathkit HW-12 (used it mobile), HW-32 (used it as alternate mobile), HW-101 (base - which I heavily "enhanced" back then with a RIT, a digital LED display and other features), HW-7 (QRP) and HW-8 (QRP) radios, owned a Yaesu FTDX-400 (great 400W radio for those days), a Kenwood TS-520S, a Yaesu FT-107DM (the white model - had all the line), a Kachina 505DSP, along with many V/UHF voice & data radios.

Non-ham hobbies are Martial Arts (Tai Chi / Kung Fu @ Wah Lum Kung Fu in Melbourne), hacking Android super-phones (Current phone is a 64GB+256GB Samsung Galaxy S8+ on T-Mobile) and building high performance computers. My present system is a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-3770K (Unlocked) | Cooler Master Seidon N120M liquid cooling, ASUS P8Z77-V-Pro motherboard, 16GB (Kingston KHX1600C10D3B1k2/16G) RAM, ASUS GTX-1070 OC Strix (w/8GB DDR5) video. My boot drive is an OCZ Vertex4 512GB SSD (SATA-III) and my data drive is a Seagate 3TB, 7200 RPM (SATA-III). All running just fine in Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 w/current "Anniversary update".

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My "Antenna Farm" (more like a small garden ;-) As you can see below, one lives with the antennas one can install (thanks to CC&Rs). The left antenna is the TARHEEL LT-II with the capacitive hat.The second mast holds the Diamond X-200A V/UHF for V/UHF FM & D-Star while the lower antenna is a 6-element UHF beam aimed towards Orlando and the DMR repeaters in that area (~50 miles away). As Florida is "flatland" that beam works just fine at ~10 feet AG. The Orlando repeater's antenna I am aming at is at ~400 feet AG .

Above - Tarheel LT-II w/capacitive hat at my home station and the M2 6M LO LOOP for 6m at the remote base

Current setup: Tarheel LT-II HF, 6-element UHF beam aimed towards Orlando (DMR), X-200A V/UHF for FM & D-Star

HF signal getting ready for take-off. This one will be the "long path" time delay wise  :-)

This is what the antennas see ;-)

Part of our house's front... This is Gisele's garden (W6GVH ;-)

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What follows are pictures of the GAP Titan DX, the beam and the broadband dipole antennas at the remote site.

Performance is MUCH better with the GAP ;-)

GAP Titan DX... other views

Remote Base - GAP Titan DX to the left and 5-element 17m beam to the right

You can see part of the B&W BWDS-90S BB dipole antenna configured as an inverted V and tied to the tower.

The center of the B&W is moved from the tower to a tree behind it when the tower is lowered.

This antenna is not the most efficient BUT it's frequency agile which makes it ideal for ALE and EMERCOM use.

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