My station (At Christmas)
The main rig is a Yaesu FT847 giving me access to all bands 160m to 70cm (1.8-440 Mhz). An FT840 can be linked to this to give dual receive, useful for working split.
I still have two of my older rigs an FT707( my first rig bought secondhand in 1984) and a FT101ZD, both I keep knowing that if necessary I would be able to keep them going myself.
If the going gets rough I have two linears available, a converted commercial KW1000 using two 572Bs and an AEA LA30 with a single 3-500ZG. Both will run the legal 400W comfortably except on 10m.
I have always been a "Jack of all trades" and my aerial system reflects this philosophy, quantity rather than quality. My plot is about 150 by 50 feet. A doublet cut as a halfwave on 1.8MHz is fed at 30ft. is folded round my bungalow.
Eighty meters is my favourite DX band, a dipole fed at 40ft in an inverted V type configuration serves me the occasional new state or country, much dependent on good propagation!
As I have packed five bands on to my VK2ABQ antenna it does not work too well but performs similarly to a dipole between 14-30 MHz.
A Butternut vertical mounted on a post 13ft. above ground with one radial for each of 9 bands gives good results on 7MHz DX, and often compares with the dipole on 3.8MHz. In general it is inferior in performance to my other aerials on the other bands.
At the moment my permanent VHF aerials are limited. 70MHz and 144MHz are served by HB9CVs, the 144MHz one is hinged so may be used vertically or horizontal. Above these at 30ft. is a vertical 5-ele.for 432MHz on top is an Icom discone working from 50MHz to 1296MHz. (but no TX for 1296).
Other VHF aerials are available for temporary use. I have mounted 144MHz and 432MHz beams on a ground-level frame for satellite operation, a particular feature of the FT847. Recently I made several contacts on the 16 year old Oscar-10 satellite, the patience of other operators was demonstrated by my marginal station, often 8 minutes required to exchange call, name and locator!
My Home on the Isle of Wight