New content being added all the time! Be sure to check back often.
The shack in it's current configuration. (Minus the IC-7300, it has been sold) The boom mic is for the Kenwood radio, and the mic for the Icom is off to the side of the radio. At some point I would like to reconfigure the desk to have a boom mic for each radio, and have them attached toward the rear of the desk instead of only having the one on the front corner.
Kenwood TS-590S. I found this jewel on Craigslist in early 2021 and got it for a great price. It was like brand new, not a scratch! Besides having a great receiver, and just being a beautiful looking radio in general, it has a couple of my favorite creature comforts; the ability to switch between 2 TX/RX antennas, and to have a separate RX antenna available at the touch of a button. Antenna for
Leixen VV-898. A very inexpensive 2m/70cm 10 watt mobile radio that fits nicely in the shack. The front end on this radio is very poor and does not work well as a mobile radio, but it works great in the shack. And with 10 watts and a dipole, it can easily hit numerous repeaters up to 100 miles away.
MFJ-993b. This thing can find a match on just about anything! My 4010 EFHW is resonant on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, and with this tuner I can get a match on all the other amateur bands, including 160 meters! I'm not logging DX on a 66' long wire on 160 meters, but I can make FT8 contacts, and occasional local SSB contacts.
Magnetic loop tuner. This is my DIY tuner for the mag loop antenna on the IC-7300. Inside is a PWM motor controller. The potentiometer controls the speed, and the green and red button adjust the vacuum variable capacitor on the antenna up (red) and down (green) the bands. To QSY between bands, I can use the toggle switch so I don't have to hold a button down for a long time.
Alinco DM-30T. This was the first and only power supply I've had, and it has served me well. I have a large gauge lead running to a West Mountain Rig Runner at the back of the desk that all of the 12VDC equipment plugs in to using Anderson power poles.
DIY 20-10 meter magnetic loop. Probably my favorite antenna, and is the main antenna for the IC-7300. 1/2" soft copper tube for the main loop, 1/4" soft copper tube for the gamma match, and a Jennings vacuum variable capacitor located under the stealthy Walmart capacity hat..... er, uh, protective cover. :) I'm in an HOA, so stealth is the rule for me, hence the awesome camo paint job! This a
400 EFHW. This is the main antenna for the TS-590S. The homebrewed 49:1 transformer is mounted 5' up on the fence on one side of the back yard, runs in an inverted V to the deck handrail at 13', then back down to the fence on the other side of the yard at 5' again. For as low as it is, I get amazing coverage around the entire US, and I suppose being almost centered in the middle of the country
Loop on the ground RX only antenna. This antenna is nothing more than a piece of wire that is stapled down running through the grass. 60' in length total, 15 ' per side. The major lobes are pointed east and west. It does an AMAZING job of significantly lowering the SNR on 40, 80 and 160 meters. Uses a very simple 4:1 transformer at the feed point, and pairs perfectly with the RX antenna input
DIY 2m/70cm Dipole. The antenna for the little dual band Leixen radio. It's one of the first antennas I made when I first got my Technician ticket. I can rotate it to a horizontal position for use on SSB (well, when I get a 2M SSB capable radio!)
CW keys. On the left is the Vibroplex Code Warrior Junior and is connected to the TS-590S, and on the right is a CW Morse Navy Camel Back and is used on the IC-7300.