The amplifier Wall
I really like the old HeathKit amps, they get the job done and are really easy to fix and/or modify.
I have two SB-220's, one for 6m and the other for all bands 160 through 10 meters.
I also have two HA-14's , one for 6m ( my backup amp) and one for 80-10m also used as a backup.
My "go to" amplifier is an SB-200 modified to operat on all bands 80 through 10 meters. It gives me a quick and easy 6 DB so it is used for most contacts.
My AL-1200 is the workhorse I use for those intensive needs like contests.
My Titan 475 is the "big amp" for those times a few db makes a difference!
I have a 3-way amplifier selector switch and because my SB-200 is in-line all the time, I can tune four amps on four different bands and select them with one switch.
Welcome to the MY Radio-page
Operating from eastern Washington is quite a challenge. We are far enough north to be adversely effected by the aurora oval and not far enough west to get a boost from the ocean. My QTH has good and bad aspects. I'm half way up a 1500 ft. hill that faces 30 degrees north. This gives me a great shot at Europe but forget long path. My VHF/UHF path from west through south is blocked and 160 suffers from our powdery volcanic soil that has the conductivity of Teflon!
My little 32 ft. tower has over100 ft. of antenna booms on it. When the desert winds whip around the hill, things get really interesting! It also holds up 30M dipole and slopers for 80 and 40M. My 160 antenna is a 60' vertical. A 17m vertical dipole and a 30m 5/8 wave vertical rounds out the antenna farm. My 1/3 acre hillside lot has a lot of aluminum and copper hanging around! The antennas from top to bottom are, 144, 1296, 222, 50, 927, 432, and 20-10m.
FQ RIG AMPLIFIER MAX PWR ANTENNA
1.8 FT-1000D/746PRO AL-1200/SB-220 1500W 60' VERTICAL
HF FT-1000D/746PRO AL-1200/SB-200/SB-220 1500/600W CUSHCRAFT A4
50 746PRO SB-220,HA-14 1200/500w CUSHCRAFT 3EL
144 746PRO GONSET 903 300W M2 5WL
222 DEMI +,FT-857D BRICK 100W M2 5WL
432 FT-857D BRICK 100W M2 9WL
I hope to work you soon!
My newest band of interest is 470 KHZ WSPR reception. Maybe I'll transmit someday??
Hello fellow hams! You have stumbled on MY webpage. I have been a ham radio operator for 52 years. I have lived and had radio stations in Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington state. I think I have done all of the significant moving I'm going to do so Washington will be my final state (I think).
I had a five year run at VHF/UHF contesting; winning 16 consecutive first place finishes in ARRL VHF/UHF contests including setting the ARRL June Contest record in class A for EWA in 2006. The lack of activity and propagation on the "dry side" AND the unfair ARRL rules eventually took the fun out of contesting for me.