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73 from LaGrange, Indiana !

Echolink 265142 is on the air on the 443.675 repeater (T131.8).

APRS fill-in digi running fulltime.

I'm normally monitoring the following: 443.675 (WS9S/R - LaGrange), 145.130 (KA9OHV-Warsaw), and 52.525 simplex call frequency.

If you need a card, I'll be happy to send one. Also good on eQSL.cc and LOTW. Hope to hear you on the air!


Shack Tour

The shack here is at basement level which makes for a great ham cave.

LEFT SIDE OF OPERATING DESK -- Shelf unit contains a Radio Shack digital scanner, ICOM 2100 for FM qsos, Yaeseu FT 7800 matched with an AEA PK-12 for APRS, Yaesu FT8800 (one side scans analog public service, the other side is Echolink), and an Ameritron ATR-20 tuner used for the TS-820S on my wire antennas. On top is a Radio Shack Realistic Pro-48 scanner (still the best audio from a scanner I've ever heard) and an old Motorola single channel monitor receiver in emergency red.


CENTER OF OPERATING DESK -- Rigs left to right - YouKits HB-1B 4 band QRP transceiver; Kenwood TS820S with VFO-820 and SP-820 speaker; Kenwood TS-2000 with LDG KT-100 autotuner. On the shelf are a SignaLink USB, MFJ 1275, LDG break out box, and W3YY FSK.CW interface.


RIGHT SIDE OPERATING DESK -- On the shelf are a Kendwood TS 600 6-meter all-mode, and a Tempo 2020 HF transceiver.


Most of the antennas here can be seen in this photo. Tripod mounted to the roof are a Cushcraft A27010 for VHF-UHF FM, a homebrew 12 element yagi for 432 Mhz, and an M2 2M9SSB.

Sidemounted to the tower is a DB224 4 element folded dipole array currently used for my APRS digipeater. Interesting story about this antenna. It fell from the top of a 90 foot tower in downtown LaGrange during a storm. It had been used by a petroleum company many years ago that went out of business. The current property owner operates a commercial laundry service there and I asked him if I could have the antenna and he agreed. Only the very top dipole element was bent slightly in the fall and the antenna worked fine without repair. The only modification was to bring the frequency down closer to the 2 meter band.

The side arms on the tower are mounts for a Cushcraft AR6 for 6 meter FM and a Jetstream dual band antenna.

At the top is the 6 band hex beam sold by Leo, K4KIO.

The window line on the left feeds an 80 meter horizontal loop in a triangle configuration.

Unseen is the 160 meter inverted U wire antenna that passes through the top of the tree behind the tower, and a ground mounted 5 BTV by Hustler with 36 buried radials.

Too messy for pictures at the moment is my work bench, which sits to the left of the operating desk. It has a nice tall bench and a 5 drawer rolling tool cabinet. After years of driving the XYL nuts by arranging, re-arranging and swapping, I think I've finally arrived at the shack set up that suits me best. (Well at least until the next major switch.)

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