The Shack

My current station is a K3/100 (constructed from the kit). The shack computer, not pictured, is an iMac.

My current station is a K3/100 (constructed from the kit). The shack computer, not pictured, is an iMac.

Here’s what I’m using:

Elecraft K3 + P3 Panadapter: Quite simply, an absolutely devastating combination. Accessories include the Heil PR-781 mic, a SignaLink for data, Winkeyer2 USB and Bencher paddles. I built mine from the kits.

Yaesu FT-847: I used this radio primarily on HF (voice/data/CW) and achieved Worked All States with it. This is an HF/VHF/UHF all-mode rig that was designed primarily for working satellites. I believe I’m the third owner of this particular radio. I purchased it back in January several days after passing my Extra exam. The gentleman I bought it from is a ham/astronomer/engineer/musician who I greatly admire, so I knew it would be a quality item that had been meticulously cared-for. I’ve sort of “retired” it for the time being, but I have plans to use it for VHF/UHF at some point. Update: I sold this rig earlier this year to a gentleman setting up an EME station. I wish him the best luck in that endeavor!

Yaesu FT-817ND: My QRP/digital modes rig. I bought it specifically for portable work.

Buckmaster OCF dipole: I’m running the 300W version. The antenna is oriented North-South.

Yaesu VX-7R: Handheld rig for satellite QSOs, working events, etc.

Also of interest:

The old shack: This photo was taken back in 2012 when I first started on HF. Yaesu FT-847, logging and rig control on a Mac Pro.

vibrokeyer

My Vibroplex Vibrokeyer. This is an amazing way to send code.

The Yaesu FT-8800 installed in my 2012 Ford Focus.

The mobile shack: Yaesu FT-8800 installed in my 2012 Ford Focus.

IMG_3436

The QRPp Breadboard Radio shack, from left, the Matchstick Tuner, the Splinter transceiver, an Ameco straight key, and the Sawdust receiver. Not pictured, the Toothpick CW filter.

 

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