Station

Overview

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.

Ham Radios

  • 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

Antennas

  • 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

The Shack

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.

Experimenting, EmComm, & Relay