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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.

Antennas are an inverted-L topped out around 50' and a 3-band dipole in the attic. Just put up a 20m loop out back and we'll see how that does.

73, Mike  Call Anytime


Project blog: Astatic D-104 Lollipop Mic Modernization


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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