I have been licenced since 2009 and am still learning the hobby. I operate mostly on phone with a bit of data modes thrown in. My main interest is DX on HF and I participate in some of the major contests in the single operator all band low power categories.
I am also a member of the Hornsea Amateur Radio Club and am currently the Vice Chairman.
What I use:
The transceiver is a FlexRadio Flex 6500 that has just replaced the Kenwood TS590S in the picture below which I've been using since they were launched. I use it with a Heil Proset 5 headset and running 100W. It is certainly a different way of operating and you cannot beat seeing several bands at once and the brick wall filtering needs to be heard to be believed. I have been using it on 6m this season and having a panadapter open at the bottom of the screen watching the band for an opening as I work elsewhere is fantastic. Before it was just an exercise in frustration.
Here's a picture of my shack taken just after finishing a Single Op entry in the October 2012 CQ-WW contest. This quite modest station has won me several first places both in England over the past couple of years as well as one 1st in World in class. Proves you don't need to spend a ton of money to do well.
For my antennas I have a Hexbeam which I have just put up on July 25th 2013 on a pneumatic mast that goes up to 40ft and also on that mast is a dipole for 40m. The Hexbeam replaces my trusty G3TPW Cobwebb antenna that served me well. I've kept that as a back up and for field days. VHF/UHF duties are taken care of with a Diamond tri-band vertical.
Mobile I am using a Kenwood TS480SAT and a Little Tarheel II with the stock whip changed for a 2 metre long one from a Sirio 4000 CB antenna. This gives you 6dB gain over the stock whip - here's a Youtube video I did to demonstrate. For 2m/70cm I use a Kenwood TM-D710E and a 1/4 wave antenna, I have found there to be little difference over a 5/8 wave. The HF install was aided by the information on Alan K0BG's website which should be the first place to visit for anyone thinking of doing a mobile install. I operate APRS in the car and can be seen on www.aprs.fi using the call M0GVZ-9 when in range of a digipeater. Its quite handy as many stations I contact tend not to believe I'm operating mobile...
If anyone is interested the head unit of the TS480 is mounted to the dash using a Brodit Pro-clip mount which is originally designed for a mobile phone bracket. They're custom made for many models of cars, have several install positions, are very solid and don't require any holes drilling or screws screwing into the dash. The screws you can see in the picture actually fix the plate onto the clip part of the mount. You then simply screw the bracket for the removable head of your radio straight to the Brodit mount.
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