Far from the big city lights and subject electronic noise we located a remote parcel in Northern Arizona. In the fall of 2005 with the help of my wonderful wife Johnna we began construction. This encompassed perimeter fencing of 6.5 acres for the antenna corral,
installation of a shelter, a complete off grid solar and wind power system with mobile 4G internet.
The station as it is today was completed in the fall of 2007 when all
five of the verticals became
commissioned. The station was designed to be
sustainable by just one person as there a few folks around to help in this
remote area of Arizona. The goal, maximum performance from short vertical antennas, and to
be competative in the single operator low power category. In all aspects
this has been acheived. During the Winter 2007-2008 season over 120
countries were worked using 100W. This is no small feat from the West
Coast of North America.
It has many unique details, trials and tribulations. It also is by far
the most rewarding project I've completed. Chances are very good that if
you work W7RH and it is not a contest operation, the operator himself
is at the keyboard of the computer screen as seen on these pages, with
the comforts of home in Las Vegas.
The author worked for three decades in the Amateur Radio industry in sales, service and customer support and is currently employed as a Systems Engineer for a government contractor. In the following pages I will describe the basic installation, setup, network layout and control of the remote station. Links to specific manufacturers and vendors will be provided.