In 1992 I took the Basic Amateur
Radio Operating Test and passed. I had become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator
and choose the call sign VE3
After operating on the VHF 2 Meter
Band for a couple of years I passed my first Morse Code endorsement of 5 Words
Per Minute. This allowed me to operate on the HF or High Frequency Bands. I was
granted operating privileges on 80 and 160 meters. Due to the length of antenna
required to operate on 160 Meters I was not able to use that band. However I
had room for an antenna for 80 Meters and soon I was on the air talking all
By December of 1995 I had upgraded my
code requirements to 12 WPM and I was then granted full operating privileges on
all the HF Bands. Now I could easily work stations in
My current station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 with a Heil GM-5 mic, Ameritron AL-80A amplifier, Palstar AT1500 antenna tuner and Autek WM1 SWR/Power meter.
My backup HF radio is a recently purchased Kenwood TS-850S, and I have a Heil GM-5 mic on that radio.
I use a Kenwood TS-570S with a SignaLink USB to operate digital modes.
I operate on HF using digital modes, PSK31, RTTY, OLIVIA and JT65.
I recently added some lighting
underneath the shelf that computer monitor is sitting on. The lighting is 12
A photo of my operating desk.
My Yaesu FT-950
The Kenwood radios, the TS-570S on the left, the TS-850S on the right.
Ameritron AL-80A HF Amplifier
This is this switching setup I use so I can switch between the three HF radios.
The FT-950 and TS-850S feed into the 2 position switch and from there into the AL-80A amplifier.
From the amp back into the Alpha-Delta switch. That switch also has the TS-570S fed into it.
So that allows me to switch between the three radios.
The remote coax switches handle the 6 HF antennas.
This is a new Hy
Gain TH2-MK3 that I installed on
It replaces an old TA-33JR. The cross arm on the tower holds a 80 meter and 40 & a 30 meter dipole.
17 and 12 meters are covered by two home made ground plane antennas that
are mounted in the maple tree behind my house. Simple but they do work well considering
the height they are mounted at.
A Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 6 meters. That support arm will soon be holding up a 30/17 meter fan dipole.