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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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WD9IVE
Latest Contacts for WD9IVE at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
ON7TQ 2017-01-17 40m SSB JO21OF Belgium ROGER STIJMANS
KD0GVB 2017-01-16 2m FM EN41vu United States PATRICK B ARNOLD
K2RR 2017-01-15 80m SSB EL96tc United States RICHARD J ROSEN
GM4YSN 2017-01-15 80m SSB Scotland IAN BROWN
KE0VR 2017-01-15 40m SSB DM79nv United States BRUCE E KIRKPATRICK
W6KAN 2017-01-14 40m SSB DM13ke United States TOM R SOWDEN
KC9GNQ 2017-01-14 40m SSB EN61fn United States Frank L Gergits
KC2HID 2017-01-14 40m SSB FN02jd United States BRUCE L NELSON
KJ7NE 2017-01-14 40m SSB CN85sr United States STEVEN O STRICKLAND
CE7VPQ 2017-01-14 40m SSB FE36fu Chile Javier Capdebilla Alvarado
K5KT 2017-01-11 40m SSB DM03ts United States JOSEPH A LOCASCIO
CG6FS 2017-01-11 40m SSB Canada Howard Biederman
KD3KO 2017-01-10 40m SSB FN01SA76 United States DUANE R CARR JR
YV6YV 2017-01-10 40m SSB FJ78vv Venezuela DANIEL FIGUEREDO
WB0GKH 2017-01-10 40m SSB EN43ix United States MITCHEL E SCHULTZ

Book Totals: 1778 qso's   575 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#3090
Granted: 2015-02-14 17:50:04   (WD9IVE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#2486
Granted: 2015-02-12 22:40:07   (WD9IVE)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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