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For right now, and continuing in to the future, as of March 2019, I do NOT live in California anymore!
I am in eastern Nevada. A place called West Wendover, Nevada. It's on the border of Nevada and Utah,
I-80, near the Bonneville Salt Flats. Here is a pic of where I am living at nowdays.

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All I have right at this time, is a TRAM 1480, 2 mtr - 440 mtr dual band base antennna at my home. The ground
plane of the antenna is about 25ft up. This particular pic I just recently took and updated April 23rd, 2021,
after still gradually getting things setup. The deal in the middle-right is weather sensor about 20ft up.
The taller one on right is my security cameras at 30ft. The one to the left of the weather sensor is a
10 meter antenna. The diapole just below the Tram base antenna, is a homebrew 6mtr I built and put up
back in February 2021. Only tried it once, but it's there. Using it for 6mtr SSB, which is dead for nowdays.
I did have 2 of the Cushcraft A-148-10T beam antennas up and operational now at 40-50 feet as of
March 19th, 2021. The weather finally cooperated for a few days good enough to bring the whole thing
and single beam down, then add the 2nd beam back up there to it all.
See the "MY PROJECTS" link for photo details during the process, and also other neat stuff.

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Just recently and as of May 1st, 2021, I took my 2 stacked 10 element beams down, and replace it with
1 Cushcraft 13B2 antenna. Well.. you might wonder why maybe? The 2 10 element beams have a
narrower signal pattern, which I did not like. The Db gain for 2 of the 10 element beams stacked,
is the same gain as the single 13B2, and getting back the wider signal pattern. Plus.. its not as flimpsy
in the crazy winds that can happen around here at times. I did give the 2 -10 element beamers a 2 month
try, but was not that impressed. So.. try this for a while and see how it all goes. Further assembly
details about the single beam change, are now in the "MY PROJECTS" webpage. Also.. As of May 23rd, 2021,
I got rid of that worthless 10-11 meter base antenna, and put up a 10 meter inverted "V" wire dipole
and also a 6 meter inverted "V" just below it. They both are mounted on those wood thingyz for now.

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As of August 25th, 2021, I finally got rid of the 13el beam, and put up a 8el cubical quad. Much better.
See the "My Projects" link for details.

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**This is a photo of what my radio's are lookin like as of August 20th, 2020.
*The mobile radio that I'm using, to the right, as of August 19th, 2020 is a new Yaesu FT-2980.
FM operations. It has 4 steps from 5 watts to 80 watts power output.
**The radio to the left, I got July 23rd, 2020. It's a Yaesu FT-818ND All Mode,
which I will be using as a SSB radio for 2mtr, 6 mtr and 10 mtr. Have it plugged in to my 2 stacked 2mtr
10 element beam antennas and have been listening on the 144.200 USB call
frequency off and on during the day, evenings times, and various directions.
**Power supply is an older version Samlex 20-25amp.

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**This is some of my newest stuff I just got on August 24th, 2020.
*On the left is a MFJ-4035MV 35amp Variable power supply.
*On the right is a Mirage B-1018-G 2mtr FM & SSB 160watt amplifier.
*In the middle is a Hy-gain AR-500 programmable rotor control.
*I did get a Cushcraft A148-10T 2mtr beam antenna, which is up and running.
*This is what it is all looking like. Got it all set up and working now.

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**This is my newest radio addition, which is a Stryker 80-90 watt 10 meter radio. Got it on April 21st, 2021.
I know what yer thinkin.. Why git a separate 10 meter radio, when my Yaesu FT-818ND
already has 10 meters in it? Well.. this Stryker radio has 80-90 watts. My 818 radio only has 6 watts max.
That way, I not having to get a separate amplifier just for 10 meters. For now, I have it hooked up to a
Patriot 10 meter vertical base antenna at 30 feet to ground plane area. All I plan on for 10 meter
operations, is the 28.400 USB areas.
Eventually will be getting a 10 meter horizontal omni sqaulo antenna for it. Up higher too!

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**This is what it is all looking like for now. As of December 3rd, 2021 it has been all hooked up and working now.

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**On the evening of November 29th, 2020 I was able to make my first 2mtr SSB contact from Wendover!
220 miles away from here, to Southern Utah, Cedar City, UT. Jon, NR7T was the contact QSO.
It will be one of my routeen SWOT Nets to participate in from now on :-) It is called the
"Southern Utah 2mtr Roundtable", which meets on 144.250 USB on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm MST.

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Updates for newer nowdayz stuffs, comin soon!

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