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I am back after a 25 year hiatus from Ham radio and have now been active since July 2014. First licensed in 1964 as WN2NBN/WB2NBN but received the WA2TDE call after obtaining my Advanced Class license.

The antenna farm changed in late 2016 and February 2017. There is a a Six-meter Moxon beam on a PVC mast at the rear of the deck and a new array of Doublets which I call a "Cebik Array" in honor of the late L.B. Cebik, W4RNL who gave me the idea in an article about his Five Favorite Antennas. The array uses 3, 55 ft (17M) doublets, each fed with equal lengths of 600 ohm ladder line. Each antenna forms the side of an equalateral triangle and I switch between them selecting the one that gives the strongest signal. It is an instantly switched, multiband rotatable dipole. An antenna tuner, Ladder line switch and baluns are located under the protection of my woodshed next to the deck. Pictures of the LDG RT-100 tuner, Balun Design's baluns and homebrew switch appear below. At 40 ft (12M) high,  they allow me to cover the globe on 40 through 15 meters where the antennas become double extended Zepps. They work well on 12 and 10 meters too but the beamwidth is very narrow with muliple lobes..

November 2017 Update:

I added an Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier to my equipment line-up this summer so I needed a higher power remote tuner. After much evaluation, I purchased a MFJ 998RT which matches the antenna on 40 through 15. This is a great tuner with fairly low matching loss and works well with the Balun designs tuner-balun. I also modifed the transmission lines with a 11 ft length of 300 ohm line to raise the impedances on 17 and 15 meters 20 ohms or above putting it well within the 998RT tuning range This mod also lowered balun losses.

Doblets used in the 3-antenna Cebik Array.

 

 

Although my home is heated with natural gas, I  have been burning wood in a pollution-free wood stove for years just because I like watching the fire and enjoy the ritual of splitting and stacking wood. We often burn wood 24/7 during the winter and it cuts the gas bill in half.

I live in the town of Orchard Park, NY but usually give my QTH as near Buffalo, NY. The picture below is taken from the hills in southern Orchard Park (about 3 miles from my home) looking Northwest toward the city of Buffalo (about 12 miles North of my QTH). The eastern end of Lake Erie and a few of the buildings in Niagara Falls (35 miles farther North) are also visible on the horizon. There is a wind farm along the lake shore toward the left part of the image. There are a lot of wind farms generating electicity in New York State these days.

In addition to Ham radio, I love astronomy, hiking, gardening and cooking (along with a good glass of wine now & then). I retired in August of 2015 from my job as an EMC test engineer for a local aerospace company. I also facilitate a local meditation group where we learn to relax and quiet the mind's noise to stay more deeply in touch with what is.

Hope to see you further down the log!

 

 

 

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