The rigs here are a Flex 6500 and a Flex-1500. The Flex 6500 is my primary station. You will most likely hear me on CW as this is my preferred mode and sometimes SSB. When 6 Meters is open you can be sure that I am lurking around there somewhere and even hear me on MSK144.
My main 6 Meter AM Station consists of a Clegg Zeus transmitter and a Clegg Interceptor as the receiver. A Clegg Venus and Clegg Apollo amplifier are use for SSB and CW as well as the Flex-6500. I also use a Lafayette HA-460 (1967 vintage) and a Utica 650 (1964 vintage) for 6 meter AM. Here in north central North Carolina we are starting to see a lot of 6 meter AM activity using both new and old technologies.
There is a 6 meter AM net here in Raleigh on Monday evenings at 1900 eastern on 50.400 MHz. This is a great informal net with local hams from around the area. Most of the folks checking in are using older AM equipment such as the Lafayette HA-460's and the Utica 650's as well as modern day equipment. If you should happen to hear us please feel free to check-in and say hello.
The Flex-6500 is the newest radio in the shack and was purchased in November of 2013. This is one great radio, yea. It does not have any knobs, but who needs them you would be surprised how fast you get used to using the mouse. Those who have not tried Software Defined radio (SDR) are missing out on something very big and exciting, this is the future of Ham Radio. The RFSpace SDR-IQ is the radio that enticed my interest in SDR; hence the reason I purchased the Flex-5000A in 2009 which was sold when my new Flex 6500 arrived. If you ever get a chance to sit down and play with a Flex Radio you will want one without exception. The receiver and its available software defined filtering is something to be heard. The new version of SmartSDR from Flex Radio has the ability to utilize tunable notch filters which are totally amazing. Transmit audio is another feature of this radio that is unsurpassed.
Equipment Here In North Carolina:
Lafayette HA-460 (Re-built) for 6 meter AM
Utica 650 (Re-built) for 6 meter AM
Alpha 8410 HF amplifier
Clegg Apollo 6 Meter Amplifier 675 Watt Input (Re-Built)
Clegg Venus 6 Meter Tranceiver (Re-Built)
Clegg Interceptor 2 and 6 Meter Receiver (Re-Built)
Clegg Zeus 2 and 6 Meter Transmitter (Re-Built)
Clegg SS-Booster for the Venus (Re-Built)
Clegg Allbander (Transistorized Version)
Home brew 120 watt 6 meter AM amplifier based on the Knight Kit T-175
ICOM IC-120 1.2GHz Transceiver
Drake SW1 Shortwave Receiver
GPDSO using the Trimble Thunderbolt GPS which is used on the Flex6500 and the Flex 1500 as a 10 MHz Frequency reference as well as equipment on my test bench
TelePost LP-500 Digital Station Monitor with 2-Radio Couplers
Universal Tower 40'
PAR Omni Angle X2 Stacked
WA3UTC Club Log:
Station, Test Bench and the Gang:
Rosie who was always there for each project and greeted everyone with a smile and wagging tail. Rosie passed on March 7, 2016. She is truly missed by everyone who knew her. God's speed my lady on your next great adventure and I will be with you and your brothers and sisters soon.
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