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
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 over the
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
††††††††† 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.
I operate on HF using digital modes, PSK31, RTTY, OLIVIA and JT65. My
interface for those modes is a Signalink
I recently added some lighting underneath the shelf that computer
monitor is sitting on. The lighting is 12
Below are some photos of my station. My main radio is a Yaesu FT-950. I have an Icom 7000 for a back up HF Rig and I also have my later Fatherís first HF radio he bought new in 1978, a Yaesu FT-101E. It is not on the operating desk at the present time. A Yaesu FT-2500 is used for local communications on 2 meters.
I also have an Ameritron AL-80A amplifier which I use when band conditions are poor and I need a little extra power.
Antennas include wire dipoles for 80, 40, 20, 17 meters. I also have a 2 element yagi beam which covers 20-15-10 meters. A recent addition is a 3 element yagi I made from another yagi.
This is a new Hy Gain TH2-MK3 that I
It replaces an old TA-33JR. The cross arm on the tower holds a 80 meter and 40 meter dipole.
This is a 12 Meter yagi that I made from parts from the old TA-33JR that the TH2-MK3 replaced.
A Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 6 meters. That support arm will soon be holding up a 30/17 meter fan dipole.