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These links will give you a tour of my QTH.
This room is in the addition we put on the house shortly after we moved in.
Pictures to follow.
Tower - 52Foot motorized Crank Up/with tilt bracket
Force-12 - C3SS
Cushcraft - 4 element 2 meter beam positioned 180degrees off the C3SS
Diamond X-300A 2mtr/440
Ringo AR2 - Tuned for marine bands
Butternut HF2V w/160 kit - mounted on a pipe on
my dock. The pipe is 3' into the
at the bottom of the saltwater lagoon. The water depth is 4'. The base of the antenna
is 5' about the water. There are 2 counterpoises of approximately 50' and 1 50' coil of
1/2" copper tubing dropped into the water.
In December, 2004, I traded my 2001 Toyota Tacoma for the larger Tundra. So the fun began on planning a radio installation. My mobile radio is an Icom IC-207H using a Diamond SG-7000 antenna. I wanted an installation that would not require drilling any holes.
Here's what I'm doing:
The radio control head and speaker will be mounted in the ask tray area.
I had a slide mount made that uses the guides the ash tray used. What the heck, I can't smoke anymore, who needs an ash tray. ( I will save it in case I get rid of the truck.)
The Radio face and marine grade speaker will be mounted
using Superlock Fasteners from Radio Shack.
I'll get a picture of it in place soon.
The chassis of the radio will go under the read seat.
Mounting plate with Radio Face plate and Speaker
(View as driver will see it.)
From passenger side
A Diamond K400C mount that designed for Trunk/Hatchback mounting.
It's mounted on the Access door for the rear seat.
Now all that's left is to route power wires to the battery.
The Dock Project - Living on a lagoon requires a
bulkhead to protect your property from erosion.
Typical bulkheads in the past have been wooden sheeting of 2x8s, tongue and grove, mounted on stringers, which are mounted on pilings. Before pressure treated wood, they coated the wood with creosote, then the EPA band that practice because of the oil based pollution. Some of these bulkhead are still in good shape after 20-25 years. Once the EPA stopped that, they then used pressure treated lumber Depending on the chemicals used and the water temperatures, a bulkhead would now last 10-15 years. That's progress!!!! My bulkhead was installed in 1992. So I'm right on schedule.
About 5 years ago, they introduced a vinyl interlocking bulkhead sheeting. It's more expensive than wood, but it's guarantee to last 50 years!!!
I've tried to document the project with before, during and after
photos with captions
Click here for the slide show.