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 FTdx-1200 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 Yaesu FT-950, and I have a Heil GM-5 mic on that radio. I operate digital modes with this radio with a SignaLink USB interface and various software that copies and sends digital modes.
I operate on HF using digital modes, PSK31, RTTY, OLIVIA and JT65.
Below are some photos of my radio equipment.
Yaesu FTdx-1200 160-6 Meter HF Radio
Yaesu SP-2000 speaker
Ten Tec Paddles
Autek WM 1 SWT/POWER Meter
Alinco DM-330MV Switching Power Supply
Ameritron AL-80A 160-10 Meter HF Amplifier
Plastar AT1500 Antenna Tuner
CDE Rotor Control
Ameritron RCS-4 Remote Coax Switch Control Box.
On top of the shelf to the right is a Yaesu FT-2500 2 Meter FM radio
Main computer monitor 32 inch flat screen Sanyo
One of two monitors used for operating digital software and rig control
software. I can operate my FTdx-1200 with the mouse on the computer it is
connected to. The software also contains my log book and digital mode software.
The Heil GM-5 boom mounted microphone.
I have a Hy-Gain 12AVQ mounted 16 feet off the ground with four resonate radials for each band.
I put up a 12 Meter ground plane for the winter, that antenna is supported by a maple tree!
Below is a photo of a 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 meter dipole.
A Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 6 meters. That support arm supports a 17 Meter dipole.