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Bill Winkis -KC4PE

Cataula, Georgia

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Operating Console ............................... Station Wiring .................................... Audio Equipment

Near Field Monitors ............................. Antenna Systems ................................................ Hazer

Antenna Transfer Switches ..............................Grounding ...........................Power Conditioning

IC 781 Variac ...................................... Doped Ground Rod ..........................................Wavenode

Wayne Overbeck VU Meter .............. LP-100 Vector Meter ........ Moetronix "SpectraVue: IC-SDR

TriEx LM-70 Tower Installation ............. Tower Grounding System ......... Hanging Vertical Coax

Lubricating The Tower Cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Console - Panoramic view

Operating Desk

 

....Radio's.. ..Antenna.. ..Height..
Flex-5000A 20 Meter-5 ele ..142'/43 Meters
Icom IC-781 Multi Band Log Periodic - 10 ele 104'/32 Meters
Yaesu FT-2000 Quad-4 ele-5 bands- 78'/24 Meters
Elecraft K-3 HyTower/Vertical-Multi Band 57'/17 Meters
AOR-7030 2 ele loops 40 & 80 133'/40 Meters
SpectraVue SRD-IQ Bazooka 40 & 80 110'/37 Meters
  G5RV Spotting Ant/Phase/Noise cancelling 80'/25 Meters

 

Right side of operating console......

 

Center of operating console

Note: Switch Panel to the left of the Ft-2000, it switches AF & RF between the three radio's. Details below!!

 

Left side of operation console

 

Station Wiring & Interconnect Print

 

 

TX Audio

Audio Set Up For ESSB SSB/AM Audio

Neuendo Software Screen/Plugins

 

 

Motu 828 Preamp/Processor/Mixer MK 111

Tascam SS-R1 Flash card recorder

Tascam Mini Disk Digital Recorder

Yamaha Digital O1V Digital Mixer

Screen Shot of Audio software .. via Neuendo and various Black Box plugins

Microphones

Neumann U-47 (tube)

Neumann U-87 (condenser)

Electrovoice RE-320 (dyanamic)

Beyer M260 (ribbon)

Groove Tube GT55 (FET condenser

 

Near Field Monitors

 

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Antenna Tour

Antenna set up...Vertical....10 ele Log @ 104'...5 on 20 @ 142'....4 Band - 4 ele Quad @70'...Co-phased 80 & 40 delta loops. 40 & 80 Lo Band Boozaka..with a co-linear three phase spotter.

HyGain 18HT vertical 2 -160 meters, with 3300 feet of buried radials

Four band - 4 Element Quad on a Glen Martin Hazer Trolley @ 70 feet ..Separate feed lines/co-ax transformers

Close up of Glen Martin Hazer Trolley System

 

 

Miss Donna ... Quad Builder & encouraging Wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving the Quad from the Hazer Test Tower to the LM70 Crankup Tower had to be done manually, due

to recent heavy rains........ 11' 2x4's with saddles and a hold on dowel were constructed.... Thanksgiving

Week when all the kids were in for "Turkey Day", I made them earn their dinner; we moved the antenna...

Worked perfect...Mast flipped up and slid right into the thrust bearing and rotor....

 

 

 

Ten Element Log Periodic @ 105 feet ...Tennadyne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items Of Interest

 

Transceiver Switcher

PTT for each radio and transfer relay switches from "Top Ten Devices Inc" relays model number ABSS

 

 

 

 

 

Grounding & AC Power protection

 

Polyphaser Copper Pass Through Panel

Icom IC-781 Variac

 

The PolyPhaser PLDO is a Power line extension protector with multi-strike capability, and a circuit breaker for added protection....The IS-B50 is a dc blocked 50 Ohm bulkhead mounted protector connected directly to the copper pass through plate.. The Tripplite Isolation/Conditioner transformers are the IS1000 ... the Power Regulators and Conditioners are the ....LC-1800

 

 

Solid Copper feed through plates with total PolyPhaser protection,"Delta Loop Four Rod Grounding System" plus another 20, 8 foot ground rods!!

 

Doped Ground Rod

 

Wayne Overbeck Calibrated VU Meter

Turn off the receivers AGC, and look at the incoming signals audio intensity, great for testing and checking antenna performance against beacons and continuous carriers. Look up "measuring Antennae gain", Oct. 1977 -QST, via Wayne Overbeck!! It's good down to 1/2 dB. Fun to plot /antenna/VU Strength/MUF, its neat to see the high antenna disappear and the low ones come into play!!!! Also plot your spray versus signal ... its a Fun-Fun- Toy!!!!

 

LP-!00 Vector meter

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Examples of a few of the tests that can be run with the LP-100, on the "fly" .......... This unit is amazing, see the full details at....telepostinc.com

 

 

Ham Shack Computers

 

Work Bench

 

 

SDR -IQ

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Moetronix SDR-IQ Receiver

USB platform ... Runs with the "SpectraVue Software, a lot of "Bang For The Buck", in a $399.00 SRD receiver ... I use it to monitor my output TX signal, and band activity other that the frequency/band I'm on at present ..... You buy the assembled board and have to build your own enclosure. Go back up top and look at the panoramic picture , the monitor on the right shows a two tone display from the IQ.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Bench

 

 

 

Wavenode WN-1 Computer Driven RF Station Monitor with RF2 Rotator Controllers

 

 

TriEx LM-70 Tower Installation

 

Home Brew LM-70 Mount

... 1.5 inch hardened rolled SS steel legs ..... with SS steel box perf cross rods ... note: beaded epoxy over leg welds.(used as a crack indicator)..

 

Mount --Overkill'd with 10.5 Square Yards of hardened high tensile concrete

 

Prep'd Mount

 

Tiltover Frame in place...Note: The re-enforcement of the front leg

Tower on Tiltover mount

 

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Tower Grounding System

Two 8 foot rods, bound with a 14" block of copper

Copper Plate Pass Through.... Attached to the Ground Rods, 8" copper strap attached to the system

Tower Ground Attachment with SS buffer

 

 

16 foot copper 4 inch ribbon run to Ground Rod Canisters

(Four lines out 16 feet then a second set of four 16 footers that ties into a 180 foot radial field)

Open Bottom canister with Ground Road and copper strap attachment

Gypsum Slurry for Ground Rod Doping

Adding Rock Salt

 

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Control Box's

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Tower Control Wire Dressing

 

Control Wires..coax-rotor wire-band switching wire, inserted in Stretch Braid Shield

for a no tangle approach...the three wires are taped together with no twists, then threaded into the flex braid.

Now the "Trick".. you walk the shield and put the "Chinese Grip" on it..at the top end you go a foot pass your attachment point...slide the Cable Grip on ....now slide a 12 inch piece of HHD shrink tubing under the cable grip..

At the top of the tower a oversized "Cable Grip" grabs the shield with a 8 inch grip

This Braid Version or an adapation of such should lessen the stress placed on the vertical cables...

Wires fall into a neat loop/coil as the tower is retracted

 

 

 

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Lubing the Pull Cables of the tower

Wrap and tie a sponge with a drip cup to the cable. Put the tower in motion, keep the sponge wet with a generous amount of lube ....Run the tower up and down twice.......When the cup gets half full put on a new cup .... useing the filled cup now pour the lube onto the sponge. Do it once every quarter...Almost ZERO waste....and you can really soak the cable...

 

 

 

 

Beefing Up The Tilt OverWinch

The little Fulton K1550 really put a strain on the arm when tilting over the tower to it's horizontal rest. Life was much safer and easier by going to a 50:1 Fulton WS-3000 .... The lift rating was better ... you could turn the crank with one finger ...was very easy to couple a drill to the crank key, or was easy to hook up a a simple motor and a couple of pullies and belt....also because of the increased size of the drum, I was able to double up on the diameter of the cable.

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