Station

I have a compact station compared to many but at the moment it is all I need.

HF:

  • Yaesu FT450D, connected to a wire fan dipole in the loft for 20m and 6m (more to come)
  • SignaLink USB
  • LDG YT1200 ATU

As a Foundation licensee I am limited to 10W. 10W into a wire dipole inside the loft has actually resulted in some quite distant QSOs including Chile and the Falkland Islands in the JT modes.

VHF+:

  • Baofeng UV5R handheld
  • Yaesu FTM100DE 2m/70cm FM / C4FM connected to a co-linear in the loft
  • Yaesu FT2DE 2m/70cm FM / C4FM handheld + SSM57A earpiece/mic
  • Icom ID-51 D-Star handheld (“ID-51E plus 2”)
  • Anyone AT588 70MHz connected to a horizontal halfwave dipole in the loft (not enough roof height for it to go vertical!)
  • Trio TR-9130 2m FM/SSB/CW and a horizontal halfwave dipole in the loft
  • TYT MD-380 DMR on 70cm
  • DV-MEGA 70cm on a Pi 3 running pi-star (PoE powered; RF connected to a dummy load) with DMR and D-Star enabled.

Other bits:

  • Icom ICR2 rx; Nevada 30A linear PSU and 6-8A linear PSU; SDRplay RSP2; KW520 HF/VHF/UHF SWR/power meter; ┬áMetroVNA Pro 180MHz VNA; SureCom SF-401 Plus frequency counter (Courtesy of TX Factor!); Behringer Xenyx1202 audio mixer

Computing:

  • Shack PC: Intel i5 running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS; software which I use most: flrig and fldigi; qsstv; wsjt-x
  • MacBook with CubicSDR and EchoMac (MacOS EchoLink software)

Other stuff:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 mounted in the loft powered by PoE runs my ADS-B grabber and feeds to Flightradar24. My station is EGNM-63.