I finally got around to installing the Alpha Delta TT3G50 Low Loss Surge Protectors on the ground rod and then connected the DX Engineering DXE-400MAX feedline from the surge protectors to the MFJ 4601 feed-thru panel. I have DXE-400MAX feedline running from the feed-thru panel to the radio inside of the shack.
I finally got around to raising and guying my 6m j-pole antenna (mast on right) I bought from KB8VBR. The 6m j-pole is 13.5' tall and on a 30' mast, putting the top of the antenna about 45-50' off the ground. The antenna farm is coming along nicely!
I finally bought my very first base rig! I've always just used an HT for local 2m communication. I bought this 100W Yaesu FT-840 from WX5TJW on a ham radio equipment sale/swap Facebook group for $300. This radio transmits on the 160 - 10 meter Amateur Bands using USB/LSB, CW, AM and FB modes. I still need to purchase a power source and antenna tune before I can get on the air and will be looking for those at the upcoming BirmingHAM fest in March. Since I am still a Technician, my main plan was to use the 10 meter band and also listen to all the other bands to see.... I mean hear... what's out there.
I recently purchased a 2-meter dual band j-pole antenna from KB9VBR and installed it today. Installation was really easy; just two pipe clamps connecting the antenna to the flag pole. I am considering painting to j-pole for two reasons, 1) to protect it against the elements and 2) to conceal the fact the antenna is copper.