†††††† 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.
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 use a Kenwood TS-570G for operating digital modes.† 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.
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.
I also have a ground plane for 17 meters which is actually mounted 16 feet
off the ground and right in the middle of a maple tree! It works quite well for
being such a simple antenna.
A Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 6 meters. That support arm will soon be holding up a 30/17 meter fan dipole.