It was summer of 2021 and the local real estate market was on fire. The market value of my house had rocketed into the stratosphere over the previous 9 months. I’m getting close to early retirement age, so I decided to cash out and relocate. I bought a used 5th wheel RV, sold my house, and purchased a small cottage in a low-density area in north Florida.
Before: $1550/month, $2200 taxes (soon to be reassessed at $500k).
After: $0/month and $436/year taxes.
The pack and move process was pretty smooth, I shipped my car, transferred most of my belongings using an 8x8x16 ft container from 1-800 Pack Rat, and hauled my 5th wheel trailer 1800 miles with my pickup.
The house came with a brand new 12×24 metal shed, plus I bought a 40 ft steel shipping container. I think I will set up my ham shack in the metal shed. I checked this site to determine max height without having to register with the FAA. It’s quite close to a small airport, so unfortunately I am limited to about 50 ft overall. Previously I was using a 35′ tower with a J-pole on top and a G5RV with a tuner. The G5RV never worked very well for me, so I will probably put up something like a Diamond CP6AR on a separate tower. There are lots of tall trees around 60-80 ft tall, and the property is 330 x 250 ft, so I might try stringing a long wire.