I first became involved with Amateur Radio in the mid 1970's at the age of 15 after a five year interest in Radio which started with building crystal sets and running antennas from my bedroom window to the tree on the other side of our section. I was only active for two years before study then family took over. I have re-kindled my interest again in March 2014 and am currently in the process of building up a station and trying to play catch up with the vast number of changes that have occurred over the years.
Currently my shack consists of 3 HF rigs, a Kenwood TS 590SG, an ICOM 7100 and a Kenwood TS450. I have a Yeasu FL-7000 Linear which I have still be get "on-line" . My "second" shack in the garage has an Alinco DX77 and ICOM 207.
I am learning (slowly) about the digital modes, DStar, Fusion and DMR. I have a high power DStar "hotspot" operating on 144.550MHz. It consists of a DVRPTR, Odroid C1 and a commercial Tait FM radio. My shack DStar and UHF radios are an ICOM IC-2820 and the ICOM 7100 with a Yeasu FT2900 for 2m. I use a CS750 Connect Systems and TYT MD380 handhelds for DMR through our local repeater. I have played a little with a Fusion Wires-X "hotspot" which consists of a laptop, HRI 200 box and a Yeasu FTM100D.
Handhelds are a Yeasu FT1D (fusion), an ICOM ID51A+ (dstar), a Hytera PD785, an ICIM IC92 (dstar) and a little Yeasu VX2. For mobile operation I use an ICOM 5100 and ICOM 208 with a Yeasu FT897 for portable HF with a Yeasu 817 for QRP operation when I am tramping in the mountains.
My son ZL2EP has now joined the hobby - check out his QRZ page..
Operating portable on 20m with an OCF dipole in Jan 2015 from a bush camp 10km West of Reefton - South Island of New Zealand. Am modifying a little caravan at the moment to be a self contained mobile radio shack - Photo's to follow one day.
Old Antenna configuration - 7 band OCF, 66 foot Zep end feed and a 6/2/70cm vertical. There is a tower now but doing some modifications so will wait till I get the modifications complete before I put up the new photograph.
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