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I'm a fairly new ham having gotten all three licenses in 2011.  My shack is in my den at home.  I have a Yaesu FT-840, a Yaesu FT-857D and I just got a pair of BITX 40s.  I have a "shorty" G5RV in the trees next to my house and I am shooting up the support lines for an 80 meter horizontal loop (a skyloop) in the back yard using some very tall trees.  For VHF I have a Yaesu FT-2900 VHF base station at home with a copper tube J-pole and, for VHF/UHF, a Yaesu FT-7800 in my car with a mag mount antenna on the roof.  I also have several Baofeng UV-5R HTs for mobile use.

I enjoy homebrewing and building kits.  I have built both 20m and 40m Rockmites, a  40m PIXIE and some other stuff (too much stuff for the XYL).  I have just assembled all the parts for a bandscope/waterfall for my FT-840.  I also like building antennas.  I started out building a 20m dipole then built a 30m dipole then, of course, a 40m dipole.  After that I bought the G5RV shorty and put that up in the trees.  I have a spud gun so shooting lines up into the trees is fairly easy.  Now I am working on an 80m horizontal loop which I will feed with 300 Ohm twinlead down to a 4:1 balun at the shack's window feedthrough panel.  I have built 6 or 7 two meter, copper tube J Poles for friends.  I usually put a couple of threaded copper 1/2" pipe joints in so that they can be stowed away compactly.

I am a sailor and next spring I am planning to leave on a long, single-handed cruise.  I will take both the FT-840 and the FT-857D as well as an LDG Z11 pro II autotuner.  There is also an Icom M-710 marine radio and an Icom AT-130 autotuner aboard.  The IC M-710 is built for the marine bands but has been "opened up" for the ham bands,  It also puts out 150 Watts barefoot. It is an interesting radio as it does not have a conventional VFO and very few controls. The M-710 tunes either in channel mode or in discrete 100 Hz steps.  I will use my insulated backstay as the antenna and I'll have to remember to identify as AK4NA/MM.  I am working on adding a GPS based time server in a RaspberryPI which will also run the latest WSJT modes so that I can send position reports home from the far side of the planet.  I'll take an IridiumGo satellite communicator and I will be able to send digital with several sound card devices including a Signalink USB, a Rigblaster PlugnPlay and a new device I haven't tried yet, called a Wolphilink which connects the FT-857D to an Android device's TRRS audio in/out socket.   It uses Android apps for CW, PSK and RTTY.  I'll have both an Android phone and a tablet aboard.

I am a member of ARRL and the North Georgia QRP Club (NOGA).  I am also a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL)  and North Fulton ARES.

 

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