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Shack PC runs Kubuntu Linux, and fldigi is a great open source package, check it out if not already. Running the latest build of WSJT-X from the special repository and it works superbly.


20m Double Zepp fed with homemade ladder line (YUMMM YUM), which actually is more like a shortened G5RV with cap hats, it's 86 feet total length which is strongest on 80-30m, but unuseable on 15m for obvious reasons. This has a very quiet soul as one would imagine...

End Wire tossed over a tree, 143 feet length which is a hefty 13/4 λ on 15m, makes up for the deficit above

L-vertical topped around 60' with counterpoise toward the east

20m Delta Loop (horizontal) - one-trick pony but oh what a trick

also experimenting with center-fed horizontal collinears in the attic (15m, 6m)

73, Mike  Call Anytime


Project blog: GSC 20A DC Power Supply Redo


Sixth grade science fair in winter of 1984, AM transmitter. Raided parts from the Rad Shack 150-in-one kit and stuffed it into a nifty enclosure. Got an A, amused some folks, but best part was "paging" the superintendent to the office and he fell for it at first then laughed it off. This is what's left of it, looks like I scavanged the mic element at some point and there's a transistor rattling around loose. Soldering isn't half bad for that age, had been at it a few years by then.

Finally got the bug and earned Tech license on my birthday back in 1992. I was in the throes of college and the only rig I had for several months was a military surplus RT-68 that I picked up from Fair Radio Sales in my hometown of Lima, OH:


It covered 6m FM and it's a very WIDE FM - only successful contact was with a fellow in an aircraft equipped with a wide FM receiver. Eventually replaced the bias-current-generating vibrators with huge resistors (sans regulation, hi) that would keep my legs warm while transmitting.

Upgraded to Tech Plus in 1995...

Then to Extra in 2003.

This is what I see while operating:

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World Continents Award#17171
Granted: 2017-04-04 12:14:02   (N8VWY)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#1410
Granted: 2016-07-19 20:18:40   (N8VWY)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#2856
Granted: 2015-02-13 20:55:06   (N8VWY)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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