My latest station update; September 30th, 2018, I have a couple of borrowed HF radios over the last year. I am currently borrowing a Kenwood TS-450S for my regular HF operations.
There has been minimal benchwork beyond making up custom cables for TNCs and a wide range of radios. Location and available space have limited what I can do antenna wise and work/volunteer commitments have kept me focused on 75-meter voice, 80-meter data, 2-meter FM voice, and 2-meter FM packet.
The majority of my radio operation have been EmComm nets. I am a local Net Manager for several nets both NTS and EmComm as well as being the Emergency Coordinator/AUXCOMM Coordinator for Klamath County.
Another limitation is being back in school full-time and trying to maintain an income.
I am hoping to get back to QRP and other bench projects sometime soon.
On the bench, the test equipment collection continues to slowly build. I’m up to an O-scope, freq counter, sig gen, several DVMs, an L/C meter, ESR meter, RF sensors, SWR meter, antenna analyzer, RF power meters, two power supplies, and now an all-band all-mode transceiver.
I have been building my collection of components, parts, sub-boards, and other bits. Lots of connectors. I don’t have a current project on the bench but I have been stocking up for some future projects
The “junk drawer(s)” is/are 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.
Another shack upgrade is battery backup for all active radios and TNCs; currently a 2m/70cm voice, a 2m radio and packet TNC running 24/7, and an HF rig. Not only are all of the radios on battery backup, the batteries are on constant grid charge/maintenance, but a solar backup is available for grid down conditions.
- Kenwood TS-450S HF al mode primary HF base voice/data
- Yaesu FT-817ND All-band all-mode primary HF mobile
- Yaesu FT-2500M VHF FM primary VHF base voice
- Alinco DR-135 Mk II VHF FM primary VHF base packet
- QYT KT-9800D VHF/UHF FM 2m/70cm mobile (x2) primary VHF/UHF mobile voice
- Baojie BJ-2018 VHF/UHF FM 2m/70cm mobile (x2) Primary VHF/UHF mobile data
- Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF FM 2m and 70cm HT
- Baofeng UV-5RE+ VHF/UHF FM 2m and 70cm HT
- 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
- Diamond X-50A (2) primary VHF/UHF for voice & data radios
- 80-meter center-fed dipole in an NVIS configuration (double horseshoe) primary HF voice/data
- Hy-Gain AV-18VS 10m-80m multi-band vertical secondary HF voice/data
- 2-meter twin-lead J-Pole roll-up configuration in the FT-817 go-kit
- 6-meter wire dipole in a go-kit
- 10-meter wire dipole in a go-kit
- 20-meter wire dipole in a go-kit
- MFJ-1982LP EndFed 1/2 Wave 30W 80M-10M in the FT-817 go-kit
- Miscellaneous magnetic multi-band mobile whips
- Miscellaneous aftermarket rubber-ducks for HTs
- Kantronics KPC-3 backup / mobile packet
- Kantronics KPC-3+ USB needs repair
- Kantronics KAM+ XL primary VHF packet (eventually 6m/10m HF packet)
- And a few old ones I haven’t checked out yet