I've been licensed since 2007 but interested in shortwave and HF since I was about 10 years old. I remember my first 9volt AM/FM portable and how the AM stations would come from everywhere at night. That's what hooked me on radios.
I've had and lost a few radios over the years but I still have my prize receiver. It's a Channel Master 6247 6 band with shortwave, police and marine bands.
My current QTH station is a Yaesu FT-950 connected to a Carolina Windom hanging at about 30 feet over my home. My 950 is connected to the Yaesu DMU-2000. I really get a lot of use from its RF and AF scope functions. My audio chain is a Heil PR-781 microphone into a Behringer MIC2200 preamp into a Behringer MDX 2200 processor then into the FT-950. I pipe the FT-950 output audio to the Tivoli Audio Model One desktop radio. It has a warm dynamic sound from the heavy driver in the wooden box. The Mac Mini keeps tabs on the logs and hardware. The shack stays dark, cool and cozy for my liking.
I have an FT-817D QRP rig that I traded some used equipment for. I have a Buddistick and a portable 20 meter dipole for that radio but I occasionally connect it to my Windom for some QRP work. I also use MacDoppler software on the Mac Mini to control the FT-817 during satellite work.
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