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Bryan Edwards W5KFT

The W5KFT Ranch Station was one of the first multiple-tower contest stations in the central Texas area. It is also the site of the annual W5 DX Bash held every October. The W5KFT web site has plenty of photos and history of the station - these are extra photos.

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Gary Schmidt W5ZL, operating 15 meters CW in the 2004 CQ world Wide DX Contest.
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Dick Foster W5TA, operating the multiplier station during the 2004 CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW.
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W5TA, W5ZL, and K5PI operating the night shift in the 2004 CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW.
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Robert K5PI and Gary W5ZL, having a good time in the 2004 CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW.
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Gerald Youngblood AC5OG demonstrates his Flex-Radio software-defined HF transceiver to Tom Whiteside N5TW at the 2004 W5 DX Bash.
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In the summer of 2003, one of the large live oak trees near the W5KFT Ranch Station shattered and fell in a storm. It was the support for the northeast 80 meter sloper dipole, and was one of three guy anchor points from the short tower next to the operating building. Surprisingly, the tower remained standing, and seemed not to have suffered any damage.
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Robert Brandon K5PI come out to the Ranch for Field Day, the weekend after the big storm.
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The tree took out a section of the fence around the Ranch compound. Fortunately, the cattle hadn't discovered the breach or were uninterested in pushing past the mess of broken tree limbs to get to the green lawn inside the fence.

Some more photos of the W5KFT Ranch Station:

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