She who must be obeyed… has granted my ham shack a position in an alcove, primarily so that the blight that is my radio station will not offend our guests. She does allow a vertical and push-up mast with yagis to mar the landscape of our small yard. So I’m fortunate to have such a tolerant spouse.
I’ve recently installed an Icom IC-9100 that matches my current ham radio activities perfectly. Those include satellites, VHF/UHF contesting, six meter grid chasing, and forays on HF for grins. I’ve added the 1296 MHz module and D-Star to the rig as well. I’m hoping to do more on 1296.
For antennas, I have a Cushcraft MA6V 20 to 6 meter vertical mounted on top of a 20 foot mast against the back fence. It works 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. It all plays together very nicely. For the VHF/UHF contests, I’m using Skookum Logger. I also use WSJT for weak signal digital work.
My ham shack has changed 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|
|2017||VHF-UHF||Icom IC-9100||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.