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 Par Electronics 6 meter moxon. I’ve also added yagi antennas for working satellites on 2 meters and 70 centimeters.
I use a Begali Graciella key, which is way better than my CW skills. 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 primarily for contests.
Beginning in 2014 I started working six meters earning VUCC, with 300+ 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, have tried WA5VJB cheap yagis, and now using Diamond Yagis primarily for satellites. I’m enjoying VHF/UHF weak signal work and enter contests in the Single Operator 3 Band category, but six meters is my real passion.
For logging I use quite an arrangement. For my overall log keeping and QSL tracking I use MacLoggerDX. For contests I use N1MM+ and for satellites Log4OM. I’d like to use Apple computers everywhere, but ham radio software is dominated by Windows and so I have a desktop Dell running Windows 10 in the ham shack.
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.