Station

Overview

My latest station update; October 4th, 2019, I am currently borrowing a Kenwood TS-450S for my regular HF operations.

Most of my benchwork this year has been making up custom cables for TNCs and reprogramming them. I have also been doing a lot of Raspberry Pi work for packet, APRS, and other digital operating. Location and available space have limited what I can do antenna wise and commitments have kept me focused on 75-meter voice, 80-meter data, 2-meter FM voice, and 2-meter FM packet/APRS.

The majority of my operating have been EmComm and NTS nets. I am a local Net Manager for both NTS and EmComm as well as being the Emergency Coordinator for Klamath County.

The Shack

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, power supplies, and all-band all-mode transceivers.

I have been building my collection of components, parts, sub-boards, and other bits. Lots of connectors. 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.

I have been building a collection of WiFi routers and 2,4 GHz antennas for several upcoming IP networking projects as well as a collection of laptops and Raspberry Pi computers and images for them. AllStarLink nodes and repeaters have also taken up a bunch of time recently.

Another shack upgrade is battery backup for all active radios and TNCs running 24/7. 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. I hope to expand the battery bank as well as test the solar more frequently over the nextr year.

Ham Radios

  • 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

Antennas

  • 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

TNCs

  • Kantronics KPC-3 backup / mobile packet
  • Kantronics KPC-3+ USB needs repair
  • Kantronics KAM+ XL primary VHF packet (eventually 6m/10m HF packet)
  • Raspberry Pi / Raspbian / Direwolf
  • And a few old ones I haven’t checked out yet

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