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Frank O. Lauter
"The Devil's Rock Ranch"
Since January 2004 I operate my hamradio station on the
"Devil's Rock Ranch"
a small Ranch (~ 11 acres) south of Safford, a small, sleepy,
very religious!!!! place in the Gila Valley, about 2900 feet
of elevation, 100 miles north-east of Tucson.
(see map of Arizona)
In 1993 we moved here from
Germany, because I was seconded from the
Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn / Germany
to maintain the Microwave Receiver and the Control Electronics
to move the building and the antenna of the SMT.
Submillimeter Radio Telescope is located on Emerald Peak of
Mt. Graham, approxemately 120 miles east of Tucson,
The MPIfR operates the World largest movable
Radiotelescope in a small valley 35 miles southwest of Bonn.
When this Project was finished, I decided to quit my job with the
Max Planck Institute in Bonn/Germany and do some hamradio down in Arizona.
After living in the "City of Safford" for 10 years I left the city
of the stupid "City Ordenances" combined
complete incompetence of local "Law Enforcement"
and moved south outside the city limits to the "Rural Country".
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109° 42' 32" W
32° 43' 22" N
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On our new property the very first thing I had to do was to
order a freestanding antenna tower.
After a delay of 3 month the tower a
from US TOWER Corporation was delivered on a flatbed truck.
and I needed my John Deere backhoe to unload it.
The Tower is selfsupporting and full cranked-up (with electric remote)
72 feet, the antenna mast with rotor (YAESU G-2800DXA ) some more 40 feet, so the top of the antennas is about 112 feet over ground.
On HF I'm running a YAESU FT-1000D, or a YAESU FT-1000MP Transceiver
with a 2X 8877-Amplifier, and a Cushcraft X9 Yagi
on my tower at 75 feet,
or a Butternut Vertical on the ground for the other bands.
On 6 Meter I use a YAESU FT-650 , a modified Heath SB220 or an 8877-Amplifier, and two 6-Element 6176B Long-Yagis 82 feet over ground.
ON VHF / UHF / SHF a Yaesu FT-736 with some amplifiers,
a 20 element Cross Yagi on 2m, a Cushcraft 729B Yagi on 440 Mhz,
and a CISCO 24dB 13cm Backfire Antenna
with a SSB-Electronic Converter 2.4 GHZ to 145 MHZ
112 feet over ground, vertically movable with a YAESU rotor G-550.