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I operate the digital modes from a mobile motorhome station. My wife and I (WA5MYX) spend most of our time in Tucson, AZ. Spring and fall are spent at the home QTH in Texas. Son is WB5KSD, daughter is KB5JLK, daughter in law is N5OTA and son in law is KB5LHU. Oldest grandson is N0KSD and youngest grandson is N1KSD. When in Texas I share the antenna system with WB5KSD, and have room to experiment with portable antenna systems. I have a new hamshack and 80 meter off center fed half wave in my daughter's back and side yard where our motorhome is located.   (Overhead photo available on the satellite view for the KB5JLK listing). Olivia is my favorite digital mode and has been since 2006. I am a member of the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club in Arizona and the Sierra Blanka Amateur Radio Club in New Mexico. I maintain the N5SN Repeater in Greenville, TX and help maintain the repeaters for both clubs.

 

The equipment console in my new Homeland 8'x8' shed hamshack that is insulated and paneled.

 

Top shelf left to right is the home brew band splitter that allows operating on 40 and 20 with two radios on the same antenna, the SWR bridge for the 40 meter radio, and the 100 Watt solid state amplifier for 40 meters.

The middle shelf has the Kenwood TS-2000, an Elecraft KX3, and a mobile tuner to match the KX3 to the input of the amplifier. A Radio Shack speaker for the VHF/UHF side of the TS-2000 sits on top of the tuner.

The bottom shelf has an eithernet switch and two Raspbery PI 3 Computers to control the two radios.

Top shelf left to right are the power distribution box for the low current 12 Volt circuits, a handheld radio, and my W7AI award from the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club for the year 2016.

 

The bottom shelf shows the band splitter, the 40 meter SWR bridge, and the 40 meter amplifier.

 

 

Left to right are my Vibrokeyer configured as a side swiper, the W7AI memorial key that I am custodian of for a year configured as a semi-automatic (bug) key for the TS-2000, and the pieces of an ancient Vibroplex Original that has been configured as a sideswiper for the KX3. The two Raspberry PI 3s are powered from my 12 Volt supply using step down circuits with voltage readouts and are fan cooled with battery backups in case of a power failure.

 

73 - Jim - W5ZIT

 

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