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Frank O. Lauter

"The Devil's Rock Ranch"

Echolink Node:200446


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)

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In 1993 we moved here from BONN, in 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.
The Submillimeter Radio Telescope is located on Emerald Peak of Mt. Graham,
approxemately 120 miles east of Tucson, Arizona.

The Submillimeter Telescope Observatory (SMTO)

Click the image for some nice pictures!

The SMTOwas operated as a joint facility of the
Steward Observatory
of the University of Arizona
and the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy, in Bonn, Germany.

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
because of the stupid "City Ordenances" combined with the
complete incompetence of local "Law Enforcement" and moved
south outside the city limits to the "Rural Country".

I'm a member of the and also

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109° 42' 32" W
32° 43' 22" N

Grid: DM 52 dr

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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 HDX-572MDPL 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.

Look in my shack, how it should look like!

.....and here is the real picture....!!!

Link to the antennas on the Ranch!

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