I have to admit, I do more monitoring than transmitting these days, but my radio is often on ISS APRS or set for WSPR or WSJT.
Linear satellites are another passion. My wife doesn't like large antennas on the house, so small yagis and an az-el were the best I could do. This works out well since I am able to work Europe and South America with my small setup. The guys on the satellites are a great bunch and with the help of K4FEG and UT1FG/mm we are able to get a lot of grids in the Atlantic and Pacific!
The stations here consist of the following equipment:
Maxtrac 300 for ARISS voice and Packet
Homemade digital interfaces
120ah of SLA batteries
Several IBM R50 laptops
7m long ground mounted vertical
5 element 2m horizontal and3 element vertical yagi (homemade)
7 element 70cm horizontal and vertical yagi (homemade)
Pelco az-el rotor (converted PTZ mount)
Homemade az-el controller
Homemade antenna switcher using many Relcom coaxial relays
OSJ pole (homemade)
FT-857D or FT-817ND
The picture above is an old postcard of my work QTH, Collins Bay Institution. This is one of the only walled prisons in Canada.
It was built in 1929.
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