Ken Harker WM5R
2004 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

I operated the 2004 ARRL 10 Meter Contest in the Single-Operator High Power Phone Only class from the station of George K5TR.

These photos are copyright © 2004 Kenneth E. Harker. All rights reserved.

Early on Saturday morning, working W/VE stations and the occasional Caribbean or South American station, on weak Eskip.
I like my Heil Proset Plus, except for the design flaw in the boom. As the headset warms up on your head, the materials in the headset expand just enough that whatever friction holds the boom arm up in place no longer does the job and the boom will slowly drop down. I've solved this problem with a rubber band that added enough friction to keep things in place.
George set up the station in the usual two-radio mode, although with both radios on the same band, I could not listen while transmitting.
Three of the towers at K5TR. The left-most is a VHF-UHF tower, with antennas for 50 MHz through 432 MHz. The parabolic antenna is George's Internet link to Blanco. The tower in the center is the 10 meter tower, and the righ-most tower is the 15 meter tower.
The antennas on the 10 meter tower include: six element yagi, 24' boom at 60', rotatable; six element yagi, 24' boom at 30', fixed NE; four element yagi at 40', fixed SE; three element yagi at 20', fixed W.
A closer view of the three highest antennas on the 10 meter tower.
George strung up a sloper dipole fixed NW at 40' on the 20 meter tower on the opposite side of the shack from the 10 meter tower.
Chester, peaking in the window.

Last Updated 26 June 2020