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HF Station + 6m
The HF position has changed a lot through the years but currently comprises of a Yaesu FT-950 (plus IF-2000 board connected to an RF Space SDR-IQ) with a Heil Pro-set Elite (DX Insert) headset & matching footswitch along with MFJ Manual & LDG Automatic ATU and a Signalink USB for digital modes.
The position has a dedicated computer all the amateur radio programs you are ever likely to need including Win-Test, N1MM+, FL-Digi, WSJT-X, MixW, CW Skimmer and Cloudlog (my own logging application).
Antennas are controlled using a 6x2 antenna switch which is based on the SJ2W design, which gives access to the following.
- 40, 20, 15, 10m Nested dipole at 33 feet.
- 80m Quarter Wave L.
- 60ft long wire connected to a CG-3000 tuner.
- 10m GP tuned to 28.120.
- 6m HB9CV at 26 feet.
Plus assortment of antennas are hanging up in the shack ready for use, including a Hustler 6BTV vertical and dipoles.
The VHF/UHF position is primarily a ICOM IC-910HX which has a Sennheiser PC-350 headset and homemade digital mode + cat interface.
Antennas are Wimo X-Quads for 2m & 70cms, these are controlled using a Yaesu G-5500 rotator and connected to the PC via a FoxDelta ST2 unit which allows automatic tracking of satellites using SatPC32.
Also available is a Yaesu FT-7800 connected to a Diamond V-2000 vertical at 33 feet; this is normally used for local simplex & repeater contacts or more commonly for APRS using a TNC-X TNC-Pi which is connected to a Raspberry Pi.
The portable equipment is made up of a Yaesu FT-817 and a range of antennas including the HF Dipoles and a 2m SOTA beam and a selection of poles to support them. Also have a selection of handhelds and an APRS Tracker normally used when out cycling.
For portable satellite operation I have a Arrow Antennas – Arrow II.
Software Defined Radios
I’m quite keen on playing with software defined receivers this is reflected in the shack in the form of Funcube Dongles (Pro & Pro+), Airspy SDRs, SDRPlay & the cheaper RTL SDR sticks used mostly for monitoring satellites.
Since I’ve been interested in radio I’ve always had an interest in receiving weather satellite images, at first this was the NOAA APT satellites on 136MHz using a Rig RX2 receiver and a homebrew QFH.
However the setup has since moved into the Eumetsat Eumetcast service which provides high data rates of a range of satellite images from MSG, NOAA, MODIS and the like via EUTELSAT 10A using DVB-S2.