N1BUG Station

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This picture of the shack, taken October 10, 2013, shows the new layout.
The shack is undergoing renovation.

This is a low budget operation. 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. The station is still in "recovery" from a direct lightning strike on my home in June, 2007. I was very fortunate! Although there was considerable damage, the irreplaceable items (transceiver, amplifiers, etc.) survived with only minor injuries!


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
160-10m Yaesu FT-2000
2m FM Icom V-8000
70cm FM Baofeng UV-5R / homebrew desk base


Band Amplifier
160-10m N1BUG design homebrew 4CX1500B
6m N1BUG design homebrew 4CX1500B


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
160m 100 foot shunt fed tower (TX-11DX on top)
160m Inverted V at 75 feet
80m Inverted V at 103 feet
40m Inverted V at 75 feet
30m Inverted V at 80 feet
20m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 100 feet
Mosley TA-33 at 60 feet, fixed on Europe
17m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 100 feet
15m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 100 feet
Mosley TA-33 at 60 feet, fixed on Europe
12m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 100 feet
10m Hy-Gain TH-11DX at 100 feet
Mosley TA-33 at 60 feet, fixed on Europe
6m Homebrew 7 element yagi at 30 feet
2m FM AEA IsoPole at 80 feet
70cm FM 12 element yagi fixed north
2.4G Wifi 24 dBi grid pointed north, at 90 feet

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 somewhat 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 February 10, 2016

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