With the addition of a Yaesu FT-817ND, I am now all-band all-mode capable. I am still focused on QRP work, hence the choice of the 817. With all of the bench work I am in the midst of, and future projects, having a quality commercially produced transceiver available for testing is invaluable.
ETA (9/17/17) Not all of life is QRP though; Now that we are in Klamath Falls, Oregon I am moving forward on getting involved with local groups like the Klamath County CERT program and setting up a local NTS network. These usually require a little more juice than QRP. I’m not becoming a kW’er, but
I’m not becoming a kW’er, but a 25 watt mobile and a 25 watt base for 2 meter make sense. I am also looking into a higher power base for HF. I am checking into the traffic nets, but I am making the net controls work for it. A 100 watt HF base should do nicely, now I just need to find one.
- Yaesu FT-817ND All-band all-mode, the new kid on the block
- QYT KT-9800D VHF/UHF FM 2m and 70cm Mobile
- Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF FM 2m and 70cm
- Baofeng UV-5RE+ VHF/UHF FM 2m and 70cm
- Sawdust 40 meter RX SSB/CW (Breadboard Radios kit)
- Splinter II 40 meter CW RX/TX, SSB RX (Breadboard Radios kit)
- RX40.1 homebrew 40 meter SSB/CW RX EMRFD Direct Conversion RX
- Beach 40 DSB 40m Transceiver variant scratch built (in progress)
- BitX 20 meter SSB Transceiver kit (in progress)
Other Radio Services
- Vertex Standard ProV VHF AM Aviation Band handheld
- Cobra FRS120 UHF FM FRS handheld
- Garmin Rino120 UHF FM FRS/GMRS handheld
- NooElec R820T SDR VHF/UHF RX-only 30MHz – 1.8GHz
- Uniden BEARCAT 980SSB Single Sideband CB mobile
- Midland MXT400 GMRS mobile
- 2 meter verticle twin-lead J-Pole
This is my workhorse. Most of my airtime is 2 meter FM nets. I am relatively new to digital modes on 2 meter FM.
- 6 meter wire dipole
Strung up as needed between two 31-foot Jackite poles either lashed to my balcony or out in the field between poles or trees.
- 10 meter wire dipole
Between poles or trees as needed.
- 20 meter wire dipole
Between poles or trees as needed.
- MFJ-1982LP EndFed 1/2 Wave 30W 80M-10M
- Miscellaneous magnetic multi-band mobile whips
- Miscellaneous aftermarket rubber-ducks for HTs
This is the electronics bench part of the “workshop.” Having the shop divided into different physical spaces makes some operations a little awkward, but it’s what I got for now, and it works.
On the bench, the test equipment collection is slowly building. I’m up to an O-scope, freq counter, sig gen, several DVMs, an L/C meter, ESR meter, RF sensors, SWR meter, RF power meters, a power supply, and now an all-band all-mode transceiver.
The parts stock is also slowly building. I have a small collection of RF circuit boards from various satellite and aviation radios, and various consumer electronics devices ready to give up parts to future projects. I also have a few donors that haven’t been parted out yet in the fabrication shop. Slow going but it is an ever-evolving arrangement.
17 SEP 2017 Update
The current residence doesn’t have any “shop” space. I share the laundry room as a “tool room” and the shack is about 1 sq.ft. split between two shelves. VHF/UHF is currently an HT with a roll-up 2m J-pole. This is going to be upgraded this week to a second QTY KT-8900D 25 watt mobile and a Diamond X-50A dual-band antenna.
The HF side of the station will remain the same for now, a Yaesu FT-817ND 5 watt mobile and an MFJ-1982LP end-fed witch actually works great on 40m and 80(75)m. I am able to hear from Canada to southern Califonia and out east to Utah. I have been copied throughout Oregon and into Washington and California on SSB. I am hoping it works as well on 20m. I am looking for a power upgrade on the HF base to 100 watts.