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Aerial view of the WD9IVE QTH

Farm house basement dungeon shack...SSB stations a TS590 lashed up with an SB220 and a TS2000 driving a little AL811. Nothing too fancy but they play nice with the antennas.



Me and my ground crew waiting at the bottom of the tower.

Shadow is the official WD9IVE tower work ground crew.

West Brooklyn Illinois is about 100 miles West of Chicago.

Below a view of the QTH, on the right you can see the 3 verticals (Hygain Hytowers). 

West Brooklyn is a small town, QTH is 3 miles S.W. of town. 


HF Antennas; Mosley CL-36 Tri Bander, phased verticals and several wire antennas. Picture is looking to the North East.Three Hygain 18HT Hytowers installed in a tri-angle configuration spaced 66' apart operated as a phased array on 40 & 80 meters.

Another view of the HF antennas looking to the East.


Ground radials being installed around one of the verticals, I did this in the fall after the last mowing. Radials are laid on the ground and secured with pins. I let the grass grow long the following spring before mowing, The grass has grown over the radials and I've never snagged one with the mower, not yet anyway. Each vertical has 60 radials 66 feet long around the base, a bit over 2 miles of radial wires.

Typical of three verticals: Vertical antenna base, used heavy wall copper pipe (refrigeration type) for radial wire connection bus.


Home brew rats nest for phasing the verticals located in one of the out buildings. Relays switched remotely from shack provide selection of a single vertical or any pair of verticals, and allow for selection of endfire or broadside configuration. Coax cable coils are matching xfmr's and delay lines for 40 & 80 meters, looks ugly but works OK.

VHF/UHF and 6 meter antennas mounted on the old TV antenna tower along side the house.


Here is a cool view from the tower above looking to the West. As you can see have wind turbines out here.

Other side of the dungeon shack, Collins 20V2 and Gates BC500 broadcast transmitter converted to operate on 160m. (R390 rcvr on bench).

WD9IVE circa 1978

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United States Counties Award#7271
Granted: 2017-09-09 00:34:02   (WD9IVE)

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Grid Squared Award#3090
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World Continents Award#2486
Granted: 2015-02-12 22:40:07   (WD9IVE)

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