This is the W8ER ham shack. I am using an Anan 7000DLE MkII radio. Both of my amplifiers are located in the basement and monitored on the computer screen via a web cam. The HB 8877 is shown in use on the second computer monitor.

The desk rack contains audio gear for both transmit and receive. I am using an EV RE-320 feeding a Symetrix 528E microphone processor. All audio sources are fed to the Arrakis 1200-5S console on the desk return and is fed into a Symetrix 420 driving the JBL L-88's on the overhead shelf. 

You can also see the computer that I use. It is an Intel NUC8i5bnh and sits most prominently on the desk between my two monitors. It has 16G of RAM and a 1T NVMe hard drive. It measures 4 inches by 4 inches by 1 3/4 inches tall. The processor is a quad core i5 and is equal in performance to my old i7, 11000 plus passmarks.

The antennas are all centered on a 65 foot Rohn 25 tower about 250 feet behind the house. The center insulators are homemade and attach directly to the tower leg. This solves a lot of problems normally encountered with dipoles, such as the weight of the feedline! My 80 meter dipole is fed with hardline all the way to the center feedpoint. The only weight that the actual antenna has to contend with is the weight of the wire element itself.

QSL Note: I love paper QSL cards and if you send one, I will return one of mine immediately. Otherwise, I QSL via QRZ logbook. I do not use LOTW.



Sandusky is also the home of Cedar Point! Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula. In 1870, a local businessman, opened a beer garden, bathhouse, and dance floor on the Cedar Point Peninsula. Over the years, the area became a more and more popular destination for relaxation and leisure. In 1892, the park's first roller coaster,  the Switchback Railway, was built. A hotel called the Bay Shore Hotel was opened in 1899. Cedar Point's second roller coaster, the Figure-Eight Roller Toboggan, opened in 1902. Cedar Point is owned and operated by Cedar Fair and is considered the flagship of the amusement park chain. Known as "America's Roller Coast", the park features a world-record 72 rides, including 17 roller coasters – the second-most in the world behind Six Flags Magic Mountain.

I live close to the park and while sipping coffee or a glass of wine on my patio, I can sometimes hear the screams!

Left is a screenshot from Ron K8FG of my signal while talking to Jim K8IH. The software shows a SNR of 48.9 db. Of course, IMD is measured from the peak of my signal to the products, N O T  the noise floor.

The other signal in that screenshot shows undesireable USB products.

 The Man has Taste in Dogs!


Champ (on the left) is a highly pedigreed German Shepherd the Bidens got from a breeder when Joe became Obama's Vice President. Champ's name came as a result of a nickname that Joe's grandfather gave him when he was a child. Champ is 12 years old and well past his prime. I've never had a Shepherd live past 11 and if you notice most pictures will show him lying down. If you see a clip of him walking you will see unsteadiness in his rear hips, a sign of hip dysplasia and likely a near end for Champ.

Major, the Shepherd on the right, looks a lot like my Abby. He has the same coloration. Major was adopted from a shelter and is a great example of the beautiful animals that come to shelters in need of homes. I cannot detect any other breed in Major. He was named as a result of the nickname that Obama had for Joe!  OK ☺