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Rebuilding the 80-40-30 Meter Trap Dipole

After more than 5 years of operation, one of the antenna leads on my homebrew 80-40-30 Meter Dipole broke at the center balun connection. This dipole has served me well, allowing me to easily utilize those lower HF bands. While I did not use 30 meters much, it was nice being able to go there […]

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43′ Vertical Final Install Pictures

I received an email from a follower that had questions about my final configuration of the matching network for my 43′ vertical.  I promised him I would take some pictures of it the next time I was up at the Ranch, so I did that yesterday. A couple of them are a little blurry, but […]

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Hex Beam Installation

After giving up on my 35 year old Cushcraft A4, I ordered a Hex Beam from NA4RR.

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Cushcraft A4 Repair (Fail!)

Shortly after I had repaired my Cushcraft A4 tribander beam the last time, I noticed that it appeared to have a loose connection somewhere.  Especially when the wind was blowing, I would hear something that sounded a little like static crashes, or pops in the receiver.  This was especially noticeable on 20 meters, but was […]

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Restoring the Kenpro KR-5400 Rotator

As mentioned in my prior post, I found that the elevation rotator for my Kenpro-5400 set had corroded internally to the point where it was no longer working.  It had been sitting outside in the weather for over 10 years, with no maintenance or activity, and the seals had allowed water to leak into the […]

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