Adventures in Amateur Radio

Scappoose, Oregon, USA    -     Columbia County

ITU Zone 6         CQ Zone 3         Grid  CN85nt



.: Antennas


 Mike on Tower

The 6 element Hy-Gain TH6DXX, (which has 3 elements on 15 meters and 20 meters, and 4 elements on
10 meters on a 24 foot boom) and the M2 6 meter beam above it. The 80m inverted vee hangs from the outrigger, and the sloper wire antennas are visible extending from the tower.


Here is the current antenna farm:

2 meters- Diamond X-50 co-linear @ 30 ft (9,1 m)


South Tower  (main tower)

10/15/20 meters- Hy-Gain TH6DXX six element yagi at 60 ft (18,3 m). Rotator is an Alliance  HD-73

6 meters- M2 three element yagi at 60 ft (18,3 m)

40 meters-
Full wave slopers, SE (US/SA), SW  (Pacific) and NE (EU), switched by an Ameritron RC-4 remote coax switch


80 meters-
1/2 wave inverted vee, apex at 50 feet (15,2 m), facing E/W, and a 1/4 wave sloper pointing East (USA/SA)

160 meters- 1/4 wave slopers, facing SE (US/SA), SW (Pacific), and NE (EU)

There is also a horizontal delta loop - off the South tower, 535 foot diameter, approximately 60 feet (18,3 m) high, used for 20 meters - 160 meters as needed. Fed with 450 ohm ladder line to a 4:1 balun, then coax to shack. This antenna outperforms our TH-6Dxx to Europe on 20 meters, and has a low SWR on both 20 meters and 40 meters!


North Tower 


10/15/20 meters- HyGain TH3 MK2 Yagi at 40 feet. Rotator is an Alliance HD-73. This antenna is
                      usually pointed at JA unless the station is set up for Multi-two operation


Other Antennas:


Low Band Receive- DX Engineering dual directional 360 foot (109,7 m) Beverage oriented due North/South, used on 40/80/160 meters , six feet (1,8 m) off the ground. Follow this link for more information on our Beverage antenna.


Noise Antennas-  Fence mounted HyGain 14-AVQ vertical  (near a power pole with our service line), and a very steep inverted vee off the North Tower. These feed the Noise canceller.


Antenna switching is with an Array Solutions WX0B Six pak, (6 antennas into 2 radios), with the second radio input selectable between Station #2,  the Boatanchor station, and the lab workbench


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