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Note:  W8SMF is QRT until repairs caused by Hurricane Irma have been made.  Lakeland, Florida experienced the eastern eyewall of the storm with wind speeds that exceeded 100 mph.  All towers, masts, and antennas were secured on the ground, but three 60-foot oak trees came down, and one hit the shack.   I was able to remove all equipment before the room flooded, but roof and ceiling repairs must be done before I can get back on the air. 

I use my middle name, 'LEE', on the air, but 'LARRY', is okay too.

Most late evenings I hang around 7.009 with my European friends on CW.

When I feel like slumming, I fire up my legal limit local audio noise generator (AL-82 cooling fan) and spend a little time on SSB.

QSL Policy: I don't use a QSL service, but will gladly send a card direct if requested. 

SHACK PHOTOGRAPH: 1000 Gallon homebrew automated planted Amazonian aquarium. Control/monitor panel in far corner; control electronics in cabinet below.  Current operating position shown in photo below.

Transceivers: Kenwood TS590S and ICOM 706.   Amplifiers: Ameritron AL-80B and AL-82.    Antennas: 5 band 2 element Quad up 17M (20-10M); 3 Element 40 M Inverted-Vee Wire Beam ENE up 14M;   End fed 40M-10M 'My Antenna' wire broadside ENE up 14 M (reference antenna for 40 M Beam);   End Fed 80M-10M 'My Antenna' wire broadside NNW up 14M.   

CURRENT OPERATING POSITION   Note:  Paperback books on the shelf above the AL-80B are my Adventure/Mystery novels set in Florida and the Caribbean, which can be found at Amazon.com in Paperback and Kindle versions under author name L. Lee Watkins. 

45' push-up fiberglass masts to support the 3 EL 40M Beam (Six 25' TV masts support the Inv-Vee elements).   Element spacing is 17.5 feet (as wide as space allowed).



Note:  This antenna covers 200 Khz with VSWR of 2.1 at 7.000 and 7.200 and 1.06  at 7.110.  The impedance at resonance is 25 ohms which makes the Balun Designs Model 1213 (1:2 25-50 Ohm 3KW Balun) perfect for the application.   

For more information on my wire beam go to:  www.lleewatkinsinfo.com

My website also includes more information on my 1000 gal aquarium and on my novels.



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Grid Squared Award#16136
Granted: 2017-05-28 10:18:04   (W8SMF)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#17570
Granted: 2017-05-28 10:18:03   (W8SMF)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#5520
Granted: 2017-05-28 10:18:02   (W8SMF)

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