I'm retired and have time for ham radio. There is so much to learn and I really enjoy trying to figure new things out.
I am active on DStar and can usually be found on Reflector 9C. I live in an HOA-restricted community (I'm not whining) and have to be stealthy about my activities. My HF Radio is an Icom IC-7100 which I use in the 'shack' or the motorhome with a tripod mounted Buddipole. It works reasonbly well especially since I have an antenna tuner. It's easy to put up and take down and well constructed.
On HF I am exploring the digital modes. I have settled on Ham Radio Deluxe mainly because of the logging functions. I interface my radio and computer via the USB connection for audio and rig control - no sound card. It was a bit tricky at first because I use a Macbook Air running Windows 10 under Parralels (virtualization software) but I am quite happy with it now because it greatly cuts down on cabling/clutter.
Here's my station. Pretty compact. The radio, tuner, power supply, and battery backup are on the floor out of the way.
I am currently using a Buddipole which most of the time is retracted to just below our courtyard wall. When I operate, I extend the mast. Works pretty well all things considered. Please don't turn me in to the HOA police.
I inventoried my 'junk box' and decided to assemble a 2-meter go box. The radio is a 90's vintage IC229A and the box includes a 7 amp-hr battery and case mounted BNC antenna connector. I figure I can operate at least a half-day without a power supply. The ammo box is from Harbor Freight.
Here's my latest project - nothing too technically exciting. But I wanted something I could carry in the motorhome to be able to operate from a campsite picnic table. Inside is a fused 32 amp-hour gel cell. On the front of the box, I mounted a PWRGate and a power meter.
On the back, I have a Rig Runner with 4 fused 12-volt connections and 2 USB connections. This, I believe, will be very hand when we're ont he road.
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