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April 2015 started a new chapter as we have moved from the Maryland QTH to the new North Carolina QTH. The NC QTH is in Pamlico County which is in the far eastern part of the state. A  Google Earth view of the NC QTH which is in FM15. Gone are the tower and beams from the old QTH.

In June 2017 I retired from federal law enforcement where I was the emergency communications program manager for the Dept of Treasury. I still keep active in emergency communications, I am a credentialed COML for North Carolina. I am also a DHS SHARES Auxiliary HF station.

My electronics career started in 1980 in the USAF (1980-1986) where I was assigned to the 6920th Electronic Security Group at Misawa AB Japan and also the 6943d Electronic Security Squadron at Fort Meade, MD as a 304X4. I then worked for a British company called Racal for 20 years before going into federal service in the emergency communications field (a DoD agency, DHS and then Treasury).

The main rigs are now an Anan 200D and a Flex 6500 with a RF-Kits RF2K+ which is a German 160-6M legal limit plus solid state amp (see detailed info below), Palstar HF-Auto and Telepost LP-700. Mic is a Electro-Voice RE320.

The RF2K is setup to easily use with the Anan Pure Signal, 1 cable for that and no additional attenuators are needed, the sample level is perfect. This combo provides an incrediblely clean signal.

My mobile is a Icom IC-7000 with a Tarheel 75A 6-80M antenna in a 2011 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0L 360HP V8.

Here are some of my ham radio related YouTube videos. When my You Tube Live Feed is active you can find it here.



Operating Desk



Pamlico County NC QTH in FM15

The Dock


Some visitors at the dock

The /MM ;)


Another visitor in the backyard (click to play)


Mobile Setup

For just a little over 100K miles I used a Hi-Q 3/80RT on my 2011 F-150XLT on GeoTool mount. In early 2016 while driving on I-95 outside Washington DC a large sheet of ice came of a tractor trailer and sliced the cap-hat and loading coil top off, it was beyond repair. In March 2016 I replaced it with a Tarheel 75A which was a fair bit less expensive, I will see how it performs and holds up.


Former Hi-Q antenna


And it works like Magic!


IC-7000 control head




IC-7000 transceiver securely and remotely mounted on fabricated under seat mount


And completely out of the way and protected


New antenna projects

First is a "fan" 160M/80M/40M Inverted L vertical. I had a heavily wooded section in the back yard cleared in order to install this vertical. Before the clearing it was too thick to walk through, now it is a nice open area where I hope to get grass growing.

Using a DXEngineering Radial Plate and DXE feed line current choke, radials are 32 14AWG 63' long. Feed line is DXEnginnering's DXE400. The vertical sections of the 160M and 80M section is 45' and comprised of 2 wires spaced 24" apart at the base and 36" at the top, and at the top the go opposite directions, one is the 160M element, the other is 80M. 40M is a aluminum vertical made from an old commercial 39MHz Ringo. So far performance is exceeding expectations, the Acom 1000 has no problem loading into it without a tuner. Using WSJT's WSPR mode I have performed several tests (during summer) using 10W and consistently being received in EU and OC when using the inverted L, when I switch to the full size 160M dipole I get no DX stations receiving me. And on the local rag chew Toad Harbor 160M net the inverted L equals or out performs the dipole for the most part.

The wood frame is used to keep the wires separated for the first 10'. The copper strap connects all the vertical elements together. At the feed point I have a parallel pair of Ohmite 10M Ohm, 5W, 20KV thick film resistors, this drains off static, which was very much needed.


Looking at the vertical from the back, off to the right is the SAL30 and off to the left is the Hex.

SWR plot:

Upper HF and 50MHz

I tried several OCF dipoles, both commercial and homebrew and became vert disappointed in their performance so in spring 2017 I installed is a K4HEX Hex Beam with 6M. When I left Maryland I had 98 countries confirmed on 6 and I want to get DXCC to go along with my 6M WAS, WAC and VUCC (I stopped collecting endorsements at 525), this was done with 100W and a 5 element yagi. I know the Hex will not come close to the yagi.

I didn't want to go through the hassle of putting up another tower so made a 30' high mast system. It has a 15' 2" chrome moly section and a 15' 2.5" aluminum mast section. A G450 rotor is at the base on the W9IIX mount. The whole thing tilts over and the Hex Lock allows the Hex Beam to articulate as it gets close to the ground.

So far the Hex has been working very well.


This is the Hex folder over and secured for an upcoming tropical storm:

Low Band Receive

I am installed a SAL-30 Shared Apex Loop during the winter of 2017. It is elevated about 7' to clear the tractors, deers and bears! The grass has grown back underneath. I converted my SAL-30 to a Mark II, although with a bit thicker mast. The bottom section is 2.5" OD with .250" wall, tapers to a 1.75" OD that has a 1.5" solid fiberglass rod for an insulator. The top 4 sections are 1.5" OD. Other than that it is identical to the AS mast.


Walk around of SAL-30 Mark II





Here are some videos of the SAL-30 performance:


CHU 3.33MHz:

WWV 10MHz:

Here is a walk around of the elevated SAL-30:

Finally got some atmospheric noise to see how well the SAL-30 does with that on 160M.

SAL30 performance testing using WSPR

The setup is 2 different receivers, FTDX5000MP on the SAL30 and the IC-7300 on the other antennas. Each hooked up to their own PC running WSJT-X in WSPR mode simultaneously for a direct side by side comparison.

This is a WSPR comparison on 80M over a 30 minute period after gray line. The SAL30 enjoys at least 12dB SNR improvement.

Call Ant MHz SNR Grid km
 OE1RPW  SAL-30 3.594101 -13  JN88eg  7378
 OE1RPW  Dipole 3.594101 -25  JN88eg  7378
 OE6PWD  SAL-30 3.594138 -23  JN77rb  7377
 OE6PWD  Dipole   Not heard    
 OH5KZ  SAL-30 3.594087 -20  KP30js  7318
 OH5KZ  Dipole   Not heard    
 OH6MQM  SAL-30 3.594102 -27  KP12iq  7029
 OH6MQM  Dipole   Not heard    
 OZ7IT  SAL-30 3.594134 -19  JO65df  6806
 OZ7IT  Dipole   Not heard    
 DO9CW  SAL-30 3.594046 -18  JO40ce  6750
 DO9CW  Dipole   Not heard    
 DL1PT  SAL-30 3.594052 -5  JO43kb  6681
 DL1PT  Dipole 3.594052 -17  JO43kb  6681
 DK5DC  SAL-30 3.594099 -14  JO31  6618
 DK5DC  Dipole 3.594099 -27  JO31  6618
 PA0O  SAL-30 3.59409 -3  JO33hg  6532
 PA0O  Dipole 3.59409 -14  JO33hg  6532
 PA3EKM  SAL-30 3.594092 -21  JO33ge  6530
 PA3EKM  Dipole   Not heard    
 PA3BTI  SAL-30 3.594155 -6  JO22ng  6470
 PA3BTI  Dipole 3.594155 -15  JO22ng  6470
 ON7KO  SAL-30 3.594093 -10  JO21ce  6447
 ON7KO  Dipole 3.594093 -23  JO21ce  6447
 ON0VA  SAL-30 3.594101 -19  JO10ss  6417
 ON0VA  Dipole   Not heard    
 G0FTD  SAL-30 3.594131 -26  JO01mi  6231
 G0FTD  Dipole   Not heard    
 M1GEO  SAL-30 3.594074 -8  JO02ok  6210
 M1GEO  Dipole 3.594074 -19  JO02ok  6210
 G7VJR  SAL-30 3.594108 -14  JO02  6193
 G7VJR  Dipole 3.594108 -25  JO02  6193
 G3JKF  SAL-30 3.594157 -15  JO00bs  6186
 G3JKF  Dipole 3.594157 -28  JO00bs  6186
 G3ZIY  SAL-30 3.59405 -9  IO91we  6157
 G3ZIY  Dipole 3.59405 -21  IO91we  6157
 G8RLJ  SAL-30 3.59403 -24  IO91oo  6101
 G8RLJ  Dipole   Not heard    
 G0MJW  SAL-30 3.594101 -17  IO91io  6068
 G0MJW  Dipole 3.594101 -26  IO91io  6068
 M0NDE  SAL-30 3.594095 -22  IO81mf  5965
 M0NDE  Dipole   Not heard    
 G7LHS  SAL-30 3.594164 -19  IO83ri  5942
 G7LHS  Dipole   Not heard    
 GM0VGI  SAL-30 3.594107 -24  IO87th  5873
 GM0VGI  Dipole   Not heard    


This is a few minutes on 160M with the SAL-30 vs the Inverted-L. Much of the DX the L could not even hear.

Call Ant MHz SNR Grid km
 OZ0AP  SAL-30 1.8381 -26  JO65eg  6809
 OZ1PIF  SAL-30 1.838165 -21  JO65an  6778
 DF2JP  SAL-30 1.838016 -12  JO31hh  6602
 DF2JP  Vert 1.838016 -24  JO31hh  6602
 PA1RZ  SAL-30 1.838079 -22  JO33kd  6552
 EA1FDI  SAL-30 1.838099 -17  IN53tf  5787
 KK1D  SAL-30 1.83804 -5  FN31vi  790
 KK1D  Vert 1.83804 -18  FN31vi  790
 NY2NY  SAL-30 1.838108 2  FN30rx  740
 NY2NY  Vert 1.838108 -17  FN30rx  740
 K3RWR  SAL-30 1.838148 12  FM18qi  357
 K3RWR  Vert 1.838148 1  FM18qi  357
 W1XP/4  SAL-30 1.838074 6  FM14di  132
 W1XP/4  Vert 1.838074 -14  FM14di  132


Some visual comparisons.

160M SAL30 top, Inverted L bottom:

80M SAL30 top, Inverted L bottom, this was done with approaching thunderstorms with lots of atmospheric noise:

New Amp project

The is a RF-Kits RF2K+ which is a legal limit plus solid state amp using a pair of BLF188XR LDMOS. The kit is not difficult, some soldering, some minor assembly, you install your own Raspberry Pi 3 and fans, and then you do some easy alignment. Alignment requires a very good watt meter (I used a LP100A) and a very good volt and ammeter (Fluke 87), as well as two dummy loads (the second is used to calibrate a 2:1 SWR).

On the air 20W drive gives me about 1250W, 30W gives me 1500W. I always thought my Acom 1000 amp was quiet but the RF2K+ beats that easily. The fans are very, very quiet and most times they stay off (until the LDMOS's reach 42 C).


I then had the front panel and case powder coated in a fine textured black, which turned out very nice!


Old Davdisonville MD QTH


Tennadyne T8 and Directive Systems DS50-5




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