QRZ Shack Report: AB1OC & AB1QB

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  1. AA7BQ

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    Last September we had the pleasure to visit Fred (AB1OC) and Anita (AB1QB) Kemmerer of Hollis, NH. We'd been told of a state of the art shack and wanted to see it first hand and report back to our readers. We were both impressed and inspired by a shack that sets a standard of excellence that many of us can only dream of achieving in our lifetimes.

    Fred and Anita are both employed in the high tech sector and have taken their love of technology, engineering and ham radio and created a dream station from the ground up. As you look through our pictorial essay below, keep in mind that Fred was first licensed in 2011 and Anita a few months later. Yes, in less than 3 years, they have built a station that will rival many old-timer's shacks in both performance and function, and have earned a slew of operating awards to paper their walls. Their "station project" is extensively documented in their online blog at: http://stationproject.wordpress.com/

    This photo shows their back yard and the pair of SteppIR beams which can be operated either independently or in parallel (stacked).

    At the base of the same tower. Note the overall neatness and attention to detail. Three large 4" and 6" conduits bring all of the coax and control lines from the house. It's also worth noting that 110 volt AC power is available for the many accessories above.

    Fred, AB1OC, showing us the scale of the coax bundle for the tower. A mix of large diameter heliax as well as high quality coax support a variety of radiators above. Also note the extensive switching and control system at the left.

    This is a view of the house end of the underground conduit where the coax enters the building. Everything is waterproofed, labeled, grounded, and lightning protected.

    Here is where it all comes together. On the left is Anita's operating position and on the right, Fred's. This room was built expressly for ham radio in a portion of their home's unfinished basement.

    A closup of Anita's operating position. Equipment on the desk, from left to right, include an Elecraft Linear Amp, An Elecraft KX-3, an Kenwood D710, a Yaesu FTdx5000, and a FlexRadio 3000.

    On Fred's side there is the ICOM 9100, the ICOM 7800, an ICOM PW1 Linear, and a 2M-1K2 linear. The system is fully automated with PC control. Note the array of antenna switches to the left of Fred's Desk. These are for VHF/UHF (left) and HF (right). These switches will eventually be replaced by an automated switch matrix.

    Every shack needs a workbench and this one is no exception. This one is ready for most common repairs and adjustments.

    On this wall is but a few of their extensive collection of operating awards. Note the whiteboard which lists upcoming events in which they hope to participate.

    There is a great deal more to say about their station and its construction and Fred & Anita's accomplishments. Rather than speak for them, I encourage everyone to have a look at their very detailed blog which has many more pictures and diagrams. Check out http://stationproject.wordpress.com/

    Our congratulations to AB1OC and AB1QB for one of the finest examples of the state of the art in amateur radio today.

    73, -fred
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  2. WB2FQL

    WB2FQL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats...what else is there to say
  3. AC5RM

    AC5RM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fred was kind enough to send me one of my first, if not my very first, QSL card a few months after I upgraded to General. Quite the gentleman, and I'm glad to see the awesome station he has set up. Very nice..
  4. AC5RM

    AC5RM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Duplicate post- computer issue...
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  5. KB7IUV

    KB7IUV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Funny, I just saw this article about 10 minutes after working Fred on 40 meters. I actually just sent him some QSL cards for our previous QSOs on 20 and 17 meters a couple days ago. He's a great operator and very helpful and friendly. Fantastic shack!
  6. N4EYZ

    N4EYZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very impressive! I built commercial broadcast and cellular towers for near 20 years, their tower install rivals any commercial tower I've ever seen. Professional!
  7. KD5UVV

    KD5UVV XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I had the pleasure of working Fred the other day, very nice gentlemen indeed. And what an outstanding station setup. I would vacation there, (you hear that Fred?) :D

    73, Dale KD5UVV
  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    So I think I came up with the ultimate ham compliment: 'your antennas make your house look small'.

    Nice job Fred and Anita:)

    Chip W1YW
  9. KD4MOJ

    KD4MOJ Database Subscriber QRZ Page

    SWEET!! What a setup!

  10. KD4MOJ

    KD4MOJ Database Subscriber QRZ Page

    Dupe for some reason
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