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Hello Amateur Allies,

Site under reconstruction (pics are outdated):

Icom IC-7410, w/SM-20 (HF Base); Icom IC-375A, w/SM-30 (1.25m All-Mode Base); Icom IC-290H (2m all-mode);

Icom IC-92AD (2m/440 D-Star HT) w/ Internet Labs 2m DVAP or 70cm UHF DV4Mini.

Tytera MD-380 (70 cm DMR/FM HT) or Yaesu FT1XD (2m/440 FM/C4FM Fusion HT) w/ 70cm UHF DV4Mini.

Kenwood TS-590S, Heil Pro Elite HC6 or MC-60A (HF Base); TH-F6A (2m/1.25m/70cm FM HT).

Tuners: MFJ-969, MFJ-962D, MFJ-949E, LDG IT-100 (Auto).

Yaesu FT-857D (HF/VHF/UHF mobile), Yaesu ATAS-120A Screwdriver, MH-31A8J or Heil Pro Micro Single.

Yaesu FT-8800R (2m/440 FM crossbander); TYT TH-9000 (1.25m FM mobile).

PSU's: Astron VS-70M Linear, 2 Daiwa SS-330W Switchers, MFJ-4035MV (POS).

Antenna Stuff: Comet CX-333, Elk 2m/70cm log periodic, Cushcraft 1.25m 4-element yagi (224WB Boomer), 6m double Bazooka dipole, HF verticals, and other dipoles. 14AWG MTW insulated stranded wire for HF, and, of course, assortment of Baluns, Ununs, other wire antenna possibilites, and HamSticks. Always short on coax, rope, et cetera, Lol. Currently "location challenged" and in dire need of a suitable configuration.

SW: HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe). CW Keying: Kent Twin Paddle, Ameco Black K1, and Ameco Brass K4.

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I have to say that my breath wasn't initially taken away by DSP, but there are some major convenience perks. There may be operator convenience features and manufacturing issues in favor of digital circuitry in general, but there's nothing quite as alluring (IMHO) as quality analog components and design. Unfortunately, the proliferation of "digital" ASIC circuits in electronic equipment has eroded the quality of requisite analog circuitry in communications equipment, due to the obsoleting of components, the expense of analog transducers and other compromised analog circuitry, by reducing parts counts and costs, and integrating functions, all in the quest for the almighty buck, perceiving the less is more concept in a very short sighted way. But, hey, the good news is, (is there good news?), that there are products surfacing that demonstrate some effort towards improvement in this area, with the almighty buck undermining this to some degree, as is surely be expected. ;-).. 

My Icom IC-7410 (HF/6m) is one of the now discontinued budget minded base rigs with an adequate feature set, but missing auto shut off, a receive only antenna connection, and VR options. The 7410 is suitable for CW or RRTY contesting, full bandwidth Tx audio for low band rag chewing, has an adequate (but not very sexy) display, houses three first IF roofing filters, 3K, 6K, and 15K, and handles all the impressive digital data attributes of the (formerly owned) Icom IC-7200 through the USB..

My Kenwood TS-590S transceiver is also digital through USB, but the HRD setup is a little different, and fyi, the Icom IC-7200 and IC-7410 hands down just do digital mode operations better than the 590, imho. With the Kenwood, you must use data mode in SSB to get the IF BW down to 50 Hz, but the Icom's selectivity in such a narrow IF has the 590 beat. So minus digital modes, the Kenwood 590 has much better general all around tranceiver flexibility (read features) and performance (read user experience) than the Icom 7200, but it does cost more and requires more operator attention, but it is worth it, if you like that sort of thing.  I recommend the SO-3 TCXO and the VGS-1 VR options to complete the 590, although it is almost another $200 and should have been standard, not "options" IMHO.  In any case, every radio has its picks and pans, irrespective of their price point; cost is just another adjustment into the final analysis.  I have the 590S, not the newer 590SG, upgraded to Ver 2.0 on the firmware, and 2.01 on the ARCP SW. Not very happy with Kenwood here, as user impression is that newer radios are subject to release before their designs are actually ready. Obviously, the HW changed for the SG version, and wasn't mature enough on the S version, since none of the added menu items (in the SG version) appear in my firmware upgrade.  Yes, I know, I know, all the maufacturers have issues with their designs, it's a tinge of industrial disease...

There is a lot to say about radios of different brands and types, but I've only mentioned a few here, and unfortunately for us poor working shmucks, there are new exciting radios appearing on the market all the time.  It had reached a point where too many HF radios were floating around me, so I had to sell some... the Icom IC-7200, my trusty old IC-751A, and the Icom IC-718 HF radios were the last three out the door.  All were good radios and will all be missed.  I decided to use the TS-590S as a secondary alternate base rig to the IC-7410, employing the TS-590S for an occasional field op, and, for ssb contesting, the VGS-1 recorder will save my voice !  

Also, I am working a Yaesu FT-857D (and sometimes a Heil Pro Micro Single), with an ATAS-120A barefoot for 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m. It is somewhat ok on all these bands, a pleasant surprise, although I've been using an Anli WH-713 for 2m and 70cm.

For the 1.25m band, I've been using a TYT TH-9000 and back on the Hustler CGT-220 collinear these days.  Also using cheap Shark or Hustler ham sticks for the HF and 6m bands other than 160m, 30m, and 12m.

HT's include a Kenwood TH-F6A 5W tribander with a Diamond SRH-320A antennna, an Icom IC-92AD with a Diamond SRH-77CA antenna for accessing D-Star DV mode, which is useless to me without a DV dongle access point (DVAP), but yet another toy to play with. Essentially a DV mode echolink using RF, and of course, there is the occasional echolink usage on the smartphone or laptop, or even Allstar Link on the laptop when appropriate. The TDMA and C4FM HT's, combined with the DV4mini are the more recent acquisitions.

Initially licensed in 1992, I lost my original "tech with code" N2SCL call in 2004 due to an extended period of inactivity from the hobby. I got so wrapped up in life's other stuff, that I actually forgot to renew. After coming back into the hobby as KC2UTV, I converted my General to an Extra, and promptIy applied to the FCC to bring the N2SCL call back to its rightful owner. Luckily, the call was never formally requested and my application was quickly(?) accepted. So much more to say, but then there's the ragchew QSO !!

BTW, Don't forget to check out my girlfriend's bike, Lol. The pic is about 5 years old, so she's not as young as she used to be (we're talking about the bike). ;->..

Catch you down the wire [log]! .... 73. 

 

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