I am a retired PhD from the Hanford Site in Eastern Washington where I was involved in doing research and development on irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. My amateur interests include a 10 meter beacon, digital, QRP, APRS and special event station operating. I never run any power over 100 watts on HF. I also like to experiment with different antennas. The present home station consists of a Icom IC-7300 and a IC-7100. The antenna is a delta loop tuned by a Icom AH-4 Automatic Antenna Tuner. Since I live in a antenna restricted community, the delta loop is laying on the roof. Not the best arrangement but I'm able to get on the air. It actually works very well as a NVIS antenna on 40 and 75 meters.
My 10 Meter Beacon (28.277 MHz) consists of a Realistic TRC-24C CB radio converted to 10 meters, running approximately 4 watts and keyed by a K1EL KID2 programmed keyer chip. The radio and keyer are housed in a vented metal box along with a computer switching supply. A computer muffin fan is installed on the top of the box to provide added cooling as it gets pretty warm in the garage during the summer here in Eastern Washington. The beacon antenna is a dipole mounted in the attic above the garage.
Latest endeavor is getting on DStar and C4FM (Yaesu Fusion) reflectors with a UHF DV4Mini. For DStar I'm using a Icom ID-31A UHF Handheld and a Yaesu FT1XDR Dualband Handheld for C4FM. Lots of fun being able to talk to guys in Washington on DStar through the REF029A reflector.
I spend most of the winter months at our home in Sun West City, AZ. My winter home is in a over 55 community and is also antenna restricted. Therefore I have another Icom AH-4 auto tuner which tunes a 47 foot wire attached to the pine tree in the corner of the back yard. This arrangement provides 10 through 80 meter coverage. Current rig is a Icom IC-718.
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