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I primarily operate CW with an Icom IC-7600.  The antenna is a 72 foot end fed wire and a remote Icom AH-4 tuner.

I occasionally get questions about the antenna.  I live in a condo and was looking for an all-band solution that would be low visual impact.  Fortunately, I have a wooded area behind my condo.  My equipment is in a room near the front of the condo.  So, I ran about 75 feet of coax to an Icom AH-4 remote antenna tuner.  The tuner is mounted on the back wall of the condo, just under the roof overhang.  The antenna wire runs to a tall tree directly behind the condo.  I have three radials that run at a right angle to the antenna underneath the overhang - one each 53', 20' and 10' long.  I can operate on all bands  80 through 6 meters with this configuration.  It is definitely not an ideal antenna but it works well for my QTH.

I use a MacBook Pro for station control and logging.  For rig control and digital modes, I use FLdigi.  I paid for the latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe and do use it from time to time in a Windows partition on my MacBook Pro.  However, I prefer the FLdigi OSX version which is a native Mac OSX program.  It has been far more stable and glitch free for me than HRD.  That may not be the fault of HRD but more of a hardware issue, since it is a Windows program and I'm running it on a Mac.  For Logging,   I use RumLogNG  - also an OSX system software.  The two programs work together very  well.

I have a commerical General Radio Telephone Operator's License (don't ask me why - I just wanted it) and a Private Pilot's License.  I used to be a very active private pilot making short weekend pleasure trips.  However, now that I've retired, renting airplanes is not in the budget!

Pictured below is the current equipment layout and close-ups of my IC-7600, N3ZN key, Ten Tec kit Power/SWR Meter, and a small outboard switch box that triggers the Icom IC-7600 internal CW keyer & voice memories.  The speaker (next to the power supply) is the Palstar SP30B.  It is by far the best communications speaker I have ever owned.

I recently added two pictures of my equipment, one closeup and one wide shot.  For those of you who are photography buffs, these are HDR pictures.  Each picture is a composite of 6 separate pictures shot at different exposures to capture the largest dynamic range of shadow to highlight.  Fun stuff.  Photograpy is my "other" hobby.  If you've got good eyes, in the picture on my desk, you can see my daughter when she was about 2 years old playing with my first transceiver and microphone -- circa 1978.

Thanks for stopping by my page.

73,

Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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