I describe the equipment that I have an use in my Amateur Radio station.
Hosted by Steve Saner on 2017-09-20 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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"I can hear you between my signals."
--Definition of QSK
This netcast is a personal project. From time to time in my life I've encountered things that I want to share with others. Sharing will be the name of the game here. The topics are sure to be varied, from computers and technology to politics and sociology, from pet peeves to in-depth software how-tos. I'm not sure there's any way to put a classification on what you might hear when you listen, but the hope is that no matter what the subject it will always lead to outrage, thoughtful contemplation, sounds of disgust, a nod of agreement, a fist-shake of righteous indignation. If I can spark some neural activity or inspire a conversation, I have done my job properly.
I've already described the netcast to several people who have asked as "80% tech and 20% rant." That might be a good way to sum it up; or it may not. I'm jumping in the car and going along for the ride just like you are. Along the way I hope I put out some interesting information, get tons of feedback from listeners, and overall simply engage the human race (at least the part of it that is listening to me) in a broad dialog.
So dip your toes in. The water's fine. You can find the OGG Feed link at the top of the page for downloading the audio episodes to your favorite podcatcher. Let's see where the mood takes us.
Intro and Outro music is "Sly Bone" by Larry Seyer.
What's In My Ham Shack
In this episode I am starting what I hope will become a series where Amateur Radio operators talk about what equipment they have and use in their Ham Shacks.
Ham Shack Definition
A good definition of exactly what a Ham Shack is can be found on Wikipedia.
Categories of Ham Radio gear
I tend to divide gear into the following categories.
- Portable - hand-held devices designed for carrying.
- Mobile - equipment that is designed to be used in a vehicle.
- Base - gear used in a fixed station environment.
- Miscellaneous - other stuff.
My Ham Shack
You can google any of these model numbers to see what the hardware looks like and learn more about it.
- Allinco DJ-190 Handy-Talkie
- Yeasu VX-6R tri-band Handy-Talkie
- Yeasu FT-8800 dual-band radio
- New Motorolla Mount (NMO) antenna mount
- Comet B-10nmo mobile antenna
- Comet SBB-5nmo mobile antenna
Base Station Gear
- ICOM IC-746 HF+6m+2m radio
- Grasshopper II vertical HF antenna
- Unknown brand vertical 2-meter/70-cm base station antenna
- MFJ-4225MV Switching Power Supply
- MFJ-949E Manual Antenna Tuner
- LDG Electronics AT-200Pro II Automatic Antenna Tuner
- Computer running Xubuntu 16.04
- West Mountain RIGblaster Advantage digital interface
- MFJ-269C Antenna Analyzer
- Stereo head-phones and microphone
- Push-to-Talk pedal
- RTL-SDR Dongle
- Collection of various connectors and adaptors
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