I returned to the ham ranks in October 2004 after nearly 25 years of absence. I was first licensed in 1968 as LA3TM in Norway before emigrating to North America and letting license lapse. My main interest is DX on HF. My main radio currently is an Elecraft K3/100. Antennas are 2 G5RVs at slightly different angles and 10m, 15m, 20m and 80m half wave dipoles. I have an MFJ auto tuner plus a switch remotely located and controlled in the woods behind the house directly below the antennas feeding it all with about 100' of low loss coax.
My lot is suburban, relatively small (0.4 acres), heavily treed but with no antenna restrictions.
Knut (pronounced Canute)
This is my current shack configuration. The LP-100A wattmeter, LP-Pan adapter and the EMU-0202 sound "card" are stacked on top of the K3 transceiver. The stack to the right of that starts with a switch switching between 2 HF coax runs to the antenna farm and the dummy load, then an MFJ cross-needle SWR/wattmeter that is somewhat redundant now that I have added the LP-100 but I like to watch the wiggling needles. Above that is a VHF/UHF SWR/wattmeter and a 35W amp which get almost no use. I have a number of HT's that can connect to the cable seen hanging out from the desk, but somehow the thrill of FM/repeater operation has been lost for me. The 21" LCD monitor on the left shows the NaP3 screen for the panadapter and 3 panes for HRD. the main logbook screen, the ALE (add logbook entry) screen and the DX spotting screen. I use HRD for all my activity, including contests. On the wall behind the K3 is the switch for the remotely controlled antenna switch back in the yard. To the right of that are coax switches that let me route the various antennas to the shack or to a coax going upstairs for bedside operation.
Here is me operating my new IC-7200 in my back yard on a nice summer day. The white box seen at the end of the wire run (they are now buried under a layer of mulch added since the picture was taken) contains the autotuner and a remote switch for the several wire antennas strung in the yard. This view is to the south and the terrain continues to rise another 200' or so but in spite of this I don't have a serious problem working stations south of me. To the north I have 180 degrees of unobstructed view of the sky.
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