When I Operate Patio/p
(Patio station: Ten Tec Century/21, wire vertical & Vibro-cootie Key)
During the spring, summer and fall when the weather is nice I often operate "patio portable".

Now for some that might be a fancy setup with high tech gear - but for me its running my Ten Tec Century/21 to a quarter-wave wire vertical and keying it with a modified Vibro Keyer made to operate as a Cootie (sideswiper) Key.

In this picture you can see the basic setup. If you look at the tree seen behind the operating position to its left you will see a black mast. This is my wire vertical. It consists of the MFJ 33 foot fiberglass mast with a wire taped up the length that is a quarter wave cut for 7.035MHz. It is fed directly with coax and I built a special hook-up box to connact the coax. The vertical has 5 quarter wave permanent radials and I can use this vertical from both the patio and from the in door shack.

Often, my 3 dogs are helping me out. Tedi will sit next to me and make sure that my other hand is occupied when keying by petting her. Pokie will bring her favorite ball for me to throw and play catch with and Lady Lou will be the guard.

Thanks for taking a look at my portable set up and will be looking for you some nice afternoon.