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In the shelves to the left, from the top; SWR meter for HF radios, on top of a B+W VS300 antenna tuner, matching a ladder-line fed 160 meter dipole. With that configuration, I can match from 160-6 meters, (80 meters is pretty sketchy on that antenna). I have a dedicated 80 meter NVIS dipole, however, and use it primarily for the SC SSB Net on 3.915 mHz. I also have a 4-band ground-mounted vertical, covering 40-10 meters. All antennas can be switched to any radio. There WAS a 10-meter Delta loop, but that came down, with the tree it was tied to, in the ice storm. Below that, a classic Radio Shack HTX-100 10 meter transceiver, sitting on top of a Yaesu FRG-100 Communications receiver. The Yaesu's main function is as an on-air monitor for digi modes. It has just a short wire for antenna, and attenuated at 18db. That radio was my SWL receiver before I was licensed. Below that is the main chassis of the Icom IC-7000. It is mostly used for digital modes, with a Rig Blaster Plug & Play interface, but easily used for SSB and FM. Soon, it will also have a Timewave PK-232 TNC, which is being upgraded. The detachable face for the 7000 can be seen in the center of the picture. The radio is powered by an Astron VS-35M power supply, with an 80 ah SLA AGM battery. It also serves as the weak-signal VHF/UHF radio, with a horizontal log-periodic 5 element beam, switchable to the verticals, which are a Cushcraft dual band beam and a copper tube J-pole which has been at the top of the mast for 14 years, still going strong. I am using a standard TV rotator for the VHF/UHF antennas. Just to the right of the shelves, is the Ten Tec Pegasus, with matching power supply and feeding a LDG AT-11 autotuner. Above the Pegasus is an external audio amp for that radio, driving a Frazier CAT-10 speaker. The radio has great quality audio, and it's used as my main SSB radio. I'm using a Beyer Dynamic M88 mic that's transformer matched in a home-brew interface. There's also an Icom IC-2710 FM dual band radio, which has it's own Motorola commercial power supply, and is in NEED of a new back-up battery. The space also serves as my office, and work-shop, so it's a very busy place.
Posted on January 29, 2014 Slideshow

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