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I recently retired from Army Aviation having served for 26 years as an Apache Helicopter Pilot. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, I now reside in Enterprise, Alabama with my family and work at Fort Rucker.

New edition to the shack, the Yaesu FTdx5000 with SM-5000 station monitor.  Next to it sits a vintage FT-980 with SP-980 speaker is one of the first solid state boat anchors by Yaesu from 1983 and one of the most handsome radios Yaesu has produced.  An FT-847, my first "real" ham radio rounds the shack out for local repeater work, but still can belt out a decent HF signal.  Atop the FT-847 is a Uniden BDC536HP Scanner with P25 I and II capability.  

A Heil PR-781 microphone and HB-1 boom can be used with each using a MFJ-1263 Microphone Control Center that allows switching between radios and microphones so one mic can be used with either radio without disconnecting any cables. The amp is an Ameritron AL-80B with Palstar AT1500DT tuner and Daiwa CN-801HP3 SWR/Wattmeter. The Ameritron AL-80B provides a steady 600-800 watts with little stress.   The antenna is an Ultimaxx end fed and soon to have a Hexbeam by NA4RR.  A Yaesu FRG-7 and Drake R-4A round out the shack.

Pictured below is my Go-Kit, a Yaesu FT-857D mounted in a portable Stanley tool box with LDG YT-100 tuner, LDG SWR/PWR meter and Vertex speaker. Also pictured with the Uniden BCD536HP scanner installed for field work.  The  box also has a built-in MFJ 12v 25A power supply and two 18Ah SLAB batteries wired in parallel. With external toggle switches, I can select primary AC 12Vdc or internal battery power. It also has external UHF/VHF and HF connectors and a built in cooling fan. It makes a great emergency/field set up. Many thanks to Rich Arland, K7SZ for the idea in the June 11, 2013 edition of CQ magazine.

Please join us on the Ragchew Crew, Tailgaters and Freewheelers Nets on 3.916 LSB beginning at 7:00 CST, 8:30 CST and 10:00 CST respectively. And please join my on Saturdays, 1500EST on the Maritime Mobile Service Net on 14.300!

73s, Art

After 20+ years as a General class operator, I'm now an Extra thanks to www.hamtestonline.com!




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