The Station

Welcome to my radio shack! My main HF radio is a Yaesu FTDX-10 loading up a multiband doublet that is resonate on 40m. It is up about 40 feet in the trees around the shack. additionally I am running an M2 three element Yagi on 6 meters and a 80m half wave end fed antenna. For 2 meters and 70 centimeters I have a Comet CX-333 vertical driven by a Kenwood TH-G707. On the right on the wall is a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2 weather station.

Using Boot Camp on a vintage iMac, I run Windows 10 native. I use the Ham Radio Deluxe suite including Digital Master 780.

The SOTA station incorporates an Elecraft KX2 with a Bioenno 3AH external battery. My main SOTA antenna is a home brew 20 AWG zip cord doublet that is resonate on 40m. I also carry a PackTenna end-fed random wire antenna for quick deployment in tough conditions. For 2m and 70cm I use a Kenwood TH-F6a and a roll-up Slim Jim. Recently I’ve added a Yaesu FT5DR and APRS capability. The antennas are supported with a Goture 20′ carbon fiber fishing pole, a Jackite 30′ and a Jackite 20′ fiberglass masts.

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