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 small yard. So I’m really fortunate to have such an understanding and tolerant spouse.
My HF and 6 meter rig is an Elecraft K3/10 purchased in late 2008. Including the KPA100 100 watt internal amplifier the Elecraft P3 Panadapter and the KRX3 second receiver. 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.
For logging, I currently use MacLoggerDX after a spell of Windows software. I also use MacDoppler for satellites. It’s a perfect software suite for my current operations that includes grid chasing on 6 meters and satellites as well as the VHF contests.
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.
For historical background, check out the photo gallery below along with the table for a glimpse of my ham shack’s evolution.
K5ND Gear History
|1964||SWL||Knightkit Star Roamer||Long wire||QSLs|
|1973||CW - SSB||Central Electronics 10-B||G5RV||QSLs|
|1975||SWL||Drake SSR-1||Long wire||NASWA 50|
|1976||SWL||R-388||Long wire||All VOA Xmtrs|
|1980||RTTY||WRL Galaxy V||Loop||QSOs|
|2008||CW||Elecraft K3/10||Vertical||QRP DXCC|
|2011||CW||Elecraft K3/100||Moxon||DXCC 200 CW|
|2014||RTTY||Elecraft K3/100||Moxon||DXCC 100 RTTY|
|2015||VHF||Elecraft K3/100||Moxon||6m VUCC|
|2016||VHF-UHF||Icom IC-910H||Yagis||Satellite VUCC|
If you’re a ham radio operator, I hope to work you someday soon. If I have worked you, thanks for your patience. Thanks also for digging my signal out of the QRN and QRM.