The only way I can make the haul lengthwise over the Powell Valley (TN) ridgeline running between Cumberland Gap, TN and Caryville, TN is to use a beam and 35 watts. Below is the antenna setup.
The 2 meter quarterwave vertical and the DB Products yagi are the antennas I’m using.
The diplexer lets me use only one coax run. The crossband rig is a Kenwood TN 731.
The view towards White Oak…
The Kenwood is a little older, but I honestly enjoy using it as much or more than the newer rigs I have. I use a simplex freq on 2 meters that SERA recommends and the output is set for the Mboro 440 machine. When funds allow, I’ll replace this with 2 Alinco monobanders running thru an NHRC6 or NHRC7 controller… one of the few controllers that can handle 2 monobanders. This will allow IDing on both bands… as well as being able to remotely enable and disable the repeater, etc.
The “Tank…” a Kenwood TM 731