Licensed since 1978.
Active on 17m through to 6m with a homebrew DSP based transceiver, Picastar, running 10W output. Brilliant design by G3XJP. High IP3 (>+30dBm) H-mode mixer front end with narrow, amateur band only, high IP3 bandpass filters, narrow xtal filter at 10.695MHz downconverting to 15kHz, where the DSP takes over and does the rest.
The Tx side either feeds an SB1000, single 3-500Z, for 17m - 10m or a Discovery 3CX800 for 6m. Roughly 100-200watts, depending upon band, due to insufficient drive to get to 400W. Just started building a single GU81M linear for all bands.
Picastar works on 160m through to 6m but I only operate on 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m and 6m.
Antenna for HF is a homebrew 4ele cubical quad (based on Gemquad spreaders) with the boom at 13m high.
Antenna for 6m is a homebrew 6 over 6 (DK7ZB 1 wavelength 50ohm design) with the lower beam just above the quad boom. Spacing is 11ft.
I don't QSL.
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