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JOHN D TROLINGER, N5ZKK
506 Stonewall Street
Kerrville, TX 78028
USA

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15M Moxon and the Moon

Moon over our Moxon October 2014. Jane and I I built this thing from 'Gibsons Ham Radio Supply' parts and the neighbor's old but good 11 meter high mast. Basically it is painters poles, bamboo, rope and some gray paint. The elements are made from #4 bare, solid copper wire.

We also have a ten meter moxon up about 12 meters. A fourty meter vertical with 60 radials. Ten meter vertical with a ground matt of welded wire. T2FD that is a wet noodle but covers 160M-10M and it is up on the high end 15 meters.

Various antennas for VHF and UHF fill up the remaining space.

2016 Antenna update:

20M Moxon is now up 12M.

2015 Antenna lineup:

20M Moxon up 5M that needs to be up another 15M , 10M Moxon up 10M, 6M ground mounted vertical with a ground matt, 2m/70cm vertical up 7M, 160-15M T2FD up 12M, and the 15M Moxon is up about 12M high.

A 40M vertical ground mounted with 60 radials, 15M dipole, random long wire, 2M vertical, and a pair of VHF/UHF discone antennas round out the station.

Most of the antennas are built from scratch using aluminum and copper. Painters poles, bamboo, and fiberglass are clamped and bolted together. Supports include steel masts and trees with standard duty guy wire. The leads are BELDEN 8237, RG8, RG213, with some RG8x.

Ground System

The entire station has a ground ring for electrical safety, several interconnected RF grounds, static, and lighting protection.

The ground ring runs around the entire lot encompassing the station and antennas. There are four 8ft ground rods and six 4ft ground rods. All of the metal in the lot is connected to the ground system including flashing, fence, air conditioner, gutter etc. The guy wires all terminate near ground rods and are connected to the ground ring and ground rods.

The static protection is a combination of simple arc gap and high end commercial products. Jetstream, Polyphaser, Alpha Delta, MFJ switches, and Diamond. The expensive stuff does help with lighting protection, automatically grounding the center conductor of the coax.

All of the station antennas come to a single panel that has a six inch wide copper strap that is bonded to an 8ft rod right below the shack. Of course this connects to the the ground system.

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Last Update2014-12-10 21:19:41
ClassGeneral Codes: HVIE
Effective2014-04-15
Expires2024-06-29
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US StateTexas
US CountyKerr
Sunrise11:51:15 UTC
Sunset 01:35:01 UTC
Born1963
GMT Offset-6 hours
ULS Record2632428 FCC page...
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