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I have to admit, I do more monitoring than transmitting these days, but I often have a radio on ISS APRS or set for WSPR, WSJT or some other interesting mode.

I have an old FT-221R that I have rebuilt and modified tied to a 40w amp that I use for 2m SSB. It spends a lot of time listening to the gang on 144.205, but I have to admit my location is a bit out of the mainstream area, so my activity is low since I only have 4 to 5 elements. Most mornings, the only station I contact is KA1ZE/3 with his booming station.

The FT-857 is hooked to my 6m rotary dipole and a 12 el hb 432 yagi. It hears well even without a preamp, but the current amp is only 60w, so again, I am a little hampered. It can also be switched onto the 2m yagi at the flip of a switch.

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! With the 221 on 2m and the 857 on 70cm, I have had a blast.

The standby equipment in the stable consists of a TH-F6 ht that travels with me all the time, an assortment of old Motorola GM300s and a Kenwood TS-700 that I hook up when I want a radio that looks like an old style radio, but will still give a new radio a run for its money on 2m.

Mid December 2014, I had to switch over to the TS-700A when I blew the driver and exciter out of the FT-221R. Repairs are underway, but in the mean time, the 700A will do until I finish the repairs or the rebuild on a TS-700SP that I will be picking up shortly. Also switching over to a 7 el hb 2m yagi as well as an 80w brick. Should be good for about 5 to 6 db gain in my ERP!



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