N1BUG Station

More than a hobby, it's a lifestyle! Life. Life saver. Something like that.

I had a significant antenna disaster in a December 2020 storm. I was very fortunate to be able to rebuild in 2021. Although I am fortunate to have a very capable station, it has taken over 30 years to get to this point. Much of it is either home built (from scrounged and salvaged bits wherever possible), modified surplus, or resuscitated.

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Shack view 1

Shack view 2

Shack view 3

Shack view 4

Tower 1 (northeast tower, VHF tower)

VHF/UHF antennas at sunrise

Tower 2 (southwest tower, HF tower)


Software is very important in what I do -- namely DXing and some contesting. I use DXLab applications for logging, transceiver control, spotting, distance/bearing calculation, award progress tracking, and many other functions. I cannot say enough good things about DXLab! I would be lost without it! I also find DX Atlas to be invaluable. It interoperates wtih DXLab.

I usually have Loop Recorder running, which is how I captured all of the DX sound files on this web site.

For contesting I use N1MM Logger+.

I often hang out on the ON4KST Chat pages.

Note: Just to be clear, I despise all versions of Microsoft Windows. I run Windows only for ham radio activities because unfortunately all the really good DXing/contesting software requires it. I use linux for everything else.

Band Transceiver
2200m (QRT) Homebrew transmitters, receivers / QRP Labs U3S beacon
630m (QRT) Homebrew transmitters, receivers / QRP Labs U3S beacon
160-10m Yaesu FT-2000
2m Yaesu FT-2000, Q5 Signal L144-28 transverter
2m FM Icom V-8000
135cm Yaesu FT-2000, Q5 Signal L222-28 transverter
70cm Yaesu FT-2000, Q5 Signal L432-28 transverter


Band Amplifier
2200m (QRT) Modified W1VD Class-D
630m (QRT) GW3UEP/K5DNL/N1BUG Class-E
160-10m N1BUG design homebrew 4CX1500B
6m N1BUG design homebrew 4CX1500B
2m Modified N4PZ GS-35b
135cm BLF278 driver, Harris Platinum 1kW TV SSPA
70cm none


Band Antenna Tower
Low band RX 4 reversible Beverages covering 8 directions, 0°, 45°, 90°, 135°, 180°, 225°, 270°, 315°.   Lengths between 542 and 587 feet
2200m (currently down) 90 foot vertical with top hat, resonated by variometer at base
630m (currently down) 90 foot vertical with top hat, resonated by variometer at base
160m 100 foot shunt fed tower (TX-11DX at 98 feet, OptiBeam OB1-4030 at 108 feet)
80m Inverted V at 104 feet
40m OptiBeam OB1-4030 at 108 feet
30m OptiBeam OB1-4030 at 108 feet
20m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 98 feet
17m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 98 feet
15m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 98 feet
12m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 98 feet
10m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 98 feet
6m Homebrew 7 element yagi at 105 feet
2m Homebrew 13 element yagi at 120 feet
2m FM in transition
135cm FM Home built K1FO-22 at 115 feet
70cm FM Homebrew K1FO-40 at 110 feet
5.8G Wifi 24 dBi dish pointed north, at 90 feet (network link to repeater site)

Below is a map showing the arrangement of my antennas.
Color code for location of key items:
    Beverage feed box
    Beverage reflection transformer

Three Beverages are end fed; one is center fed to reduce the length of feedline required.

The aerial photo is outdated. In 2010 many trees were taken out in the area between the towers and around the N/S, NE/SW Beverage feeds as part of my antenn farm "weed removal" project. More weeds to be eliminated eventually, I hope.

Last update January 4, 2022