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Thanks for stopping by.                                                                                                                 Periodic Updoads to LoTW

Started radio back in high school around 1970. Received my first novice license WN1RTP foolishly let it expire due to other interest.

Re-joined the hobby in1987, KA1QWD. Upgraded to general before a my novice ticket arrived so only operated that call for a few weeks then received N1FDX. Upgraded to advanced shortly after, then extra around 2003.

Operate mostly ICOM equipment, IC756PROIII for HF, IC-910H for VHF and satelitte, and a IC706MKIIG as a backup to all. Old Palomar amp which gives me about 500 watts on 40,20,15,10. Only when chasing DX on SSB or RTTY.

Vintage Drake TR4C station which I operate occationally with matching MN-4 tuner MS-4 speaker with power supply mounted in rear of case.

Yaesu FT-817 for QRP and travel. Eleccraft T1 QRP autotuner which will tune just about anything. When traveing I use a PAR Electronics 40-20-10 end feed antenna hung wherever possible. Mostly PSK or RTTY using a Windows 10 tablet and a SignaLink USB interface.

Ussually operate either SSB, RTTY, PSKand now a lot of FT8, great mode while doing other things in the shack. For software I'm still running some older stuff, HamScope ver 1.56 with MTTY and for logging YPLog ver 4.46, they do exactly what I need with no fuss. Hamscope talks to YPLog and can also control 3 transcievers while watching the DX Cluster

For antennas outside:

DX Engineering 43' Vertical with a Icom AH4 tuner remotely controlled at the base of the antenna, 32 random lenth radial. Constructed a universal controller so I can use the AHU with all radios.    

Cushcraft MA5B Beam at about 30ft with a Channel Master Rotor. 2el on 10,15,20  rotatable dipole on 12 & 17   

Cushcraft 3 element beam for 6 meters.

Homebrew OFC dipole ay 25ft.

Homebrew patch panel in the garage designed to connect any antenna to any radio.

In the attic:

Small satellite array with remote controlled mast mount pre-amps controlled from the 910H. 10 elements on 70cm and 4 elements on 2m. Direction controled by a Yaesu 5500 Azimuth Elevation Rotor. Orbitron Tracking Software.

Slinky dipole which has a 1:1 balun and a LDG tuner located at the antenna remotly controlled by the IC-706.

144/440  Austin vertical.

The slinky and vertical are dedicated to the 706 although I can switch the slinky off to any other radio.


Icom IC-756ProIII, Drake TR4c with Tuner, Icom IC-910h, Icom IC-706MKIIG

In the mobile I also use an Icom IC-706MKIIG with HamSticks. I use a LDG tuner remotly controlled at the antenna feedpoint, about 8" of coax from the tuner to the antenna. Sometimes just a random whip works great for multiband operation.

Most mornings while traveling to work I join the Rotten Apples Group Net. Runs from 6:00 to 7:00 AM on 7.238LSB. Great group of guys and a nice way to pass the time on the morning commute. Take a look at there web site maybe you'd like to join the net some morning.   http://rottenapplesgroup.com/

73, See you on the bands.     Jay N1FDXwink














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