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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 a 20m Double Zepp fed with homemade ladder line (YUMMM YUM),  an L-vertical topped around 60' with counterpoise toward the east, and latest is a 20m Delta Loop (horizontal). All of those can be tuned to several other bands successfully...also experimenting with center-fed horizontal collinears in the attic (15m, 6m).

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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K2MJ 2017-08-20 80m FT8 FN03 United States KARL J MILLER
AG2K 2017-08-20 80m FT8 FN31jg United States Kenneth E Middleton
VE9DX 2017-08-20 80m FT8 FN75 Canada Andy McLellan
WA3VXJ 2017-08-20 80m FT8 EM99 United States KARL F PASTORAK
W9ISF 2017-08-20 80m FT8 EM69 United States Indiana State Fair ARC
WC3N 2017-08-20 80m FT8 FM19 United States GARY W KEGAN
N6LHZ 2017-08-20 80m FT8 EM83 United States Donald E Wingo
KK4WJF 2017-08-20 80m FT8 EM95 United States RAY S ERLANDSON, III
CG3CGR 2017-08-18 40m FT8 FN03 Canada Ronald Carl Gibson
WX2CX 2017-08-18 40m FT8 FN31 United States PEDRO J PASCALE
W8LMG 2017-08-18 40m FT8 EM98 United States LIONEL M GRAY, JR (Mac)
K4CU 2017-08-18 40m FT8 FM03 United States STEVEN K ATKINS
AB2EZ 2017-08-18 40m FT8 FN20 United States STEWART D PERSONICK
NA5Q 2017-08-18 30m FT8 EM30 United States Roland J Guidry
KS4S 2017-08-18 30m FT8 FM04 United States WILSON N MC KEITHAN

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World Continents Award#17171
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Granted: 2015-02-13 20:55:06   (N8VWY)

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