Blings ‘n’ Things for March 2021
Here are some pictures of submitted pictures and descriptions from club members wanting to share. All in alphabetic order according to call sign.
01 – On the left is an Yaesu FT 450, MFJ 4225 power supply, MFJ IntelliTuner , Tigertronics Signal Link, Bencher By -1 iambic paddle.
On the right is the uhf vhf equipment. Kenwood TM-V71 and Yaesu FT-1900.The 1900 is connected to a Tiny Trak 4 for Winlink and anotherMFJ 4425 power supply
For antennas I run a G5RV, Hustler vertical and 2 uhf vhf ground plane antennas.
The HF equipment and the uhf vhf are on separate circuits so both stations can be operated without worrying about tripping a breaker
02 – My shack is separate from the house in this 12×14 building, insulated, heated and cooled
03 – Inside the radio equipment on the left and workbench and tools on the right
Started in 1986 with the Yeasu FRG-8000 Receiver
Here’s my “shack”: a corner of a table in the family room. It consists of a TekPower power supply and an Icom 7300 and Mr. Potato Head (whose RF function is yet to be determined, but Bea likes it).. Not shown is an inline SWR/power meter and the 6 coax (i’m wildly optimistic about antenna growth) window feedthru. The rig connects via 100′ of LMR240 coax to a homebrew 40m EFHW in the side yard. Tuning the antenna was frustratingly educational but I learned a lot about Smiths charts. I tuned it with a NanoVNA, a great little tool that could have pride of place in
any ham’s tool kit.
So maybe I’m not “flexing” on my shack, but looking for sympathy HI HI – Jim
Left to Right…
- Scanner on top of LDG turner
- Yaesu FT-450D with an Yaesu FT-2900 on top
- TYT MD-380 and a Anytone 878 DMR dual band
- Computer under the table
- Three Power/SWR meters
- Juentai JT-6188Mini dual band
- Yaesu desk mike for the Yaesu FT-450D
- Computer keyboard
- DC power supply is behind the computer monitor.
Kit built 222 Mhz Transverter
Ten-Tec Omni VII
RTL-SDR for IF our of Ten-Tec for waterfall
LDG AT-ProII Autotuner
Comet GP-15 (6m, 2m, 70cm)
J-Pole antenna (1.25m)
G3TXQ Hexagonal Beam by K4KIO (6,10,12,15,17,20m)
80m OCF Dipole (6 thru 80m, no 60 or 160)
Chunzehui F-1005 power distribution panel
Low-Loss PWRgate by FlintHills
Deep-Cycle Marine battery
Custom – Micca center channel speaker driven by cheap amplifier and Kenwood car audio EQ
Total height of tower is about 55 feet.
It has 4-Dipole antennas — 160 meter; 80 meter; 40 meter; and 20 meter.
Then, the beam is a Hy-Gain 1217, covers the 12 and 17 meter bands.
The beam at the very top is for the Cushcraft 627013S 6-meter band ; 2- meter and 440.
Hope to replace the 20 and 40 Dipoles with my Cushcraft AS3 which has the 40 meter add-on traps, so I’ll have the 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters back in service.
The final item on the tower is the blue/white star.