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I settled in Northern Virginia with my family about 50 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C. in a valley between the hills near the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers (Close to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia).

The station here is new as of April, 2008 and includes an 70' free standing tower with some of my antennae attached to it as well as a 72' crank-up US Tower with a 4-element SteppIR with 6/30/40 meters added.  The SteppIR is a great Antenna! I also use an inverted V for 40, 80 and 160 meters on tower1 and an 80 meter dipole strung between telephone poles beyond tower #2 approximately 300 feet away from my shack/home. They are driven by an ICOM 756 PRO III into an amplifier with output power up to full legal limit.

I enjoy all modes, including digital, and operate in all bands. I hope to see you on the air one day.

We live in a beautiful part of the country. This is my old tower with the SteppIR before being moved to the new tower.

And the SteppIR on the new tower with the tower in it's lowest position:

It's been a lot of work but certainly worth the effort!

The following photo was taken September 25, 2016 with the tower extended. I had to repair one of the EHUs on the SteppIR. That one is black where the original were grey. The plastic spindle broke inside the EHU which kept the antenna from operating properly. Doing the repair was easy with the crank down and tilt-over functionality of the US Tower.

The telephone poles should be installed this week. These will hold the ends of dipoles for 80 and 160 meters.

The telephone poles are in, the 80 meter antenna is up on the poles and everything else is coming along. The grass around tower 2 is turning green again. Still have minor work to do to finish everything up.

Is there anybody out there?

It's been windy lately so I have my tower in the down position.

Tower 2 at sunset this winter (2017)

Towers 1 and 2 from the pond.

Blue sky and 75º in February.

Tower 2 and the telephone poles holding dipole antennae.

At the top of the tower I employed a Tiltplate engineered by NN4ZZ. He has pictures of this setup on his web site at this URL.

Updated February 24, 2017

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