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​Hi, my name is Mike

Thanks for visiting my page.  I've been a ham now for just over 2 years now.  Its been a fun 2 years, and I've enjoyed it immensely.   Recently I just got VE certified with W5YI and plan to assist more in the local radio club on VE testing sessions.

A bit about me:

I've built up a small collection of equipment.  I enjoy chasing stations, and occasionally will try my hat at calling CQ on SSB.  Still a bit phone shy at times.  I do alot of psk31, FT8, and JT65, but enjoy the rag chews just as much on SSB.  I'm mostly on 40m and a little on 80m band during the evening hours after 23:00UTC.  The aspect I enjoy in this hobby is building antennas, and dabbling in various computer aspects to the hobby, like Raspberry Pi's, remote rig control.  

Clubs:  Schaumburg Amatuer Radio Club www.n9rjv.org  Newsletter editor, VE tester

Currently my various rigs are:

HF setup
Yaesu FTdx3000
Acom 1010 Linear Amp typically at 400~600 Watts output
Antenna 1 Homebrew Fan Dipole Home built for 40M, 20M, and 10M
Antenna 2 Homebrew 80M inverted L

VHF/UHF Base
Yaesu FTM-100DR 
Antenna Diamond X-2000  38 feet at peak

Mobile
Yaesu FTM-100DR
Antenna Diamond AZ504FXH

The Shack

Here are some photos of my shack with the new Yaesu FTdx3000

With the lights off ,  LED tape strip was used for lighting.  Purchased from Menards for 10 bucks, has self adhesive on back and runs on 12 volts.  Through a switch to the left of the 2m radio to turn on or off easily

Up close from the operator position.  SDR Play RSP2, running HDSDR integrated with Ham Radio Deluxe

 

Latest project:

For the past year and a half I've enjoyed using an Icom IC-7300, and it was the best HF radio I'd ever used.  Well recently I had the opportunity to try out a Yaesu FTdx3000 and immediately fell for this rig.  It might not have all the bells and whistles of the 7300, but where this rig shines is in its ability to pull in marginal signals.  Its front end noise floor is lower and much easier on the ears.  The rig is built like the proverbial brick outhouse, and has the flexibility to hook up many addons that the ic-7300 just can't do.  Like Rotor controller, 3 Antennas, with one possibly configured as a recieve only antenna.  Another is the IF output which gives me the ability to add a panadapter(waterfall) display using an SDRPlay radio.  But really my preference for this radio boils down to its recieve capabilities.  The sound quality is very natural sounding, easy on the ears, and the DNR, notch and Contour adjustments work really well. In the end I've found that with a little additional addons I can do everything the ic-7300 could do, but with this fine rig. Its truely a joy to use.  The only limitation has been a 2400 bandwidth on digital modes, that I used to be able to work at 3000hz on the 7300.  I can live with out that.

SDR panadapter 

To add a panadapter to the FTdx3000, I purchased an SDRPlay RSP2 radio, and Ham Radio Deluxe.  These two things and the use of HDSDRplay v2.76 software allows integration between HRD and the panadapter, thus tracking frequency changes.  Connections are made simply by hooking up the SDR to the IF out on the Yaesu.  

Set the following HDSDR settings to integrate with HRD

RF Front end frequency options, take not the mirror RF spectrum in general, and the additional offsets for USB and LSB

S-Meter correct level will be between 45 and 55 with the correction value around -17.7 dbm

DDE to HDSDR  set to HRD, Sync type, I choose LO(keep tune)

A picture of me                                    My Yaesu FTM-100  in my Ford Taurus SHO below

                  

Above I finally Worked all States(WAS) mixed mode in early 2017 after a year and half of being a ham.

 

I typically operate on 40m and 20m, but since modifing my 33' vertical with 33' wire strung to a nearby tree, I've created a nice 80M inverted L antenna that seems to tune up nicely across the entire 80/75M band.  Signal reports with FT-8 are good and even SSB contacts on 100 watts are doable.

As for local communications in the shack I have a Yaesu FTM-100DR Fusion rig for the 2M/440 bands with a Diamond X200 antenna mounted about 38 feet up on a mast.  That setup has worked great as I can easily work repeaters up to 60~70 miles away, and under really good conditions I can talk on repeaters up to 110 miles.  I've dabbled around with ILRP and Echolink, but don't have any contacts in distant cities to really put it to good use.

In the car I've got a Yaesu FTM-100 mobile with a Diamond AZ504FXH antenna.  Simple setup with a very sleek looking antenna that overall does a pretty good job getting out.

A little history about myself, I've always been an advid Electronics and computer guru.  At an early age, I started with broadcast radios.  When I was about 7, with my first decent Panasonic AM/FM radio, I took my dads spare telephone wire and hooked it up to the TV antenna without telling my parents.  I ran the wire under the baseboard trim from my bedroom, out the front door wedged into the cracks, scraped off the paint on the mast and wrapped that baby around it.  No one could tell it was installed.  I was thrilled when I picked up FM stations 100 miles away.  How it worked is beyond me looking back it wasn't coax, it was nothing more then a random wire dipole. but it worked and I was hooked 

Fast forward to now, and I have a diverse mix of hobbies. I enjoy woodworking, automotive work, RC cars, and computers  I'm  a closet audiophile(meaning I don't like to admit it), collecting older stereo equipment, restoring and repairing much of it, mostly from the 1970's and late 1980's.  I enjoy using LP's and Reel to Reel decks, still have cassettes and CD's but also plenty of digital music.  I've restored antique radios from the 1930's, in fact my RCA Model 7T was my first experience with shortwave radio back in High school.  I never knew the world had so much back then on the air.  So to be in Ham radio really is just an extension of my interests in radio and electronics.

 

 

 

 

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