She who must be obeyed… has granted me a position in the master bedroom in an alcove, primarily so that the blight that is my radio station will not offend the guests (and her sensibilities). She does allow a vertical and push-up mast with yagis to mar the landscape of our yard. So I’m fortunate to have such an understanding and tolerant spouse.
My HF and 6 meter rig is an Elecraft K3/10 purchased in late 2008. In late 2011 I added the KPA100 100 watt internal amplifier after working QRP DXCC. The K3 also has a built-in antenna tuner and an external antenna/data connection port. The roofing filters are 8-pole 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2.8 kHz, and 13 kHz. I added the Elecraft P3 Panadapter at Christmas 2010. In July 2012 I added the KRX3 second receiver. Plus, I’ve also added the Elecraft PR-6 six meter preamp. I love how this rig can be updated from a QRP rig to a full-blown contest rig.
I have a Cushcraft MA6V 20 to 6 meter vertical mounted on top of a 20 foot mast against the back fence. It works very well. I also have a 25 foot push-up mast with rotator and InnovAntennas LFA 6 meter 3-element yagi. I’ve also added cheap yagis for 2 meters and 70 centimeters.
I use a Begali Graciella key, which is way better than my CW skills. My logging software is N1MM+. I added a Winkeyer in February 2011. Since earning QRP DXCC and the CQ DX Award with QRP endorsement, I generally operate at 100 watts. I now have DXCC and CQ DX Awards at 200 countries, all CW.
I also operate RTTY. I’ve really enjoyed getting back to this mode — last on in the early 1980’s as KB8CE using a Teletype Model 19, rack mount homebrew demodulator with CRT, with a World Radio Labs Galaxy 5. It’s clearly a new world in this mode! Now I’m using MMTTY and 2Tone within N1MM+ logger.
Beginning in 2014 I started working 6 meters earning VUCC, with 200+ grids at the moment. In mid-2015 I added an Icom IC-910H to my ham shack for 2 m and 70 cm. I have Par Electronics Omniangle antennas for both bands and also WA5VJB cheap yagis. I’m enjoying VHF/UHF weak signal work and enter contests in the Single Operator 3 Band category.
As you can tell, my ham shack has evolved over the years as my interests have evolved. That’s one of the great things about our hobby – there’s always something new to explore.
Check out the photo gallery below for a glimpse of my ham shack’s evolution.
If you’re a ham radio operator, I hope to work you someday soon. If I have worked you, thanks for your patience with my low power signal, including QRP for some HF contests. Thanks also for digging my signal out of the QRN and QRM.