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Website: http://home.windstream.net/adye/webpages/wa2etuhome.htm (a bit dated)

Photo above shows station as of October 20, 2016.  Flex 6500 and Maestro recently added to station.

I have been licensed since 1958. My interest has always been HF although I do have equipment for VHF operation. Over the years I have operated many modes on HF: AM, CW, SSB, FM, Slow Scan TV, RTTY, Amtor, Pactor, PSK-31 and several other digital modes.

I am retired and now have time to enjoy the hobby. My basic interest currently is chasing DX.  I am always looking for new band countries.  I now operate SSB, CW and RTTY.  Occasionally I will run PSK.  In the past I have been a very active and successful RTTY contester.

I replaced my Mosley PRO-96 yagi in April 2011 and I can now run power while operating RTTY without worrying about burning out the traps. The current antenna is an Optibeam OB 16-3 for 10, 15 and 20 meters. It is a great performer. The top antenna in the photo below is an Optibeam OB 4-2 WARC. It is an amazing little antenna for 17 and 12 meters. The middle antenna in the stack is a six element homebrew 6 meter beam. The antennas are supported by a crankup tiltable tower.

I have a free standing 1/4 wave 80M vertical that I use on 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. I also have a reversible (east or west) beverage antenna that I use for receiving on the lower bands.

My most recent project was rebuilding the tuning unit for my vertical antenna.  It is shown below with the covering shroud removed.  It is remotely controlled from the shack and switches between 4 bands and 6 taps on 160M.  The unit consists of 8 relays, 2 variable capacitors and a loading coil.  The variable capacitors are housed in the larger compartment.  I handmade the capacitors back in the 1960's.  The relays are all vacuum relays made by Gigavac.  One of the reasons for the recent rebuild was to replace the mechanical relays with the vacuum relays and to provide better shielding between components.  Gigavac is very amateur radio friendly and offers special pricing for hams. 

The vertical antenna works well for me as I have DXCC on 160 as well as on all other bands 10 through 160.

I QSL via LOTW.

 

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