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The Shack

My shack consists of an ICOM IC-706MKII, normally at 100 watts and powered by a MFJ-4225MV power supply, going into a MFJ Versa Tuner II antenna matcher and then into a home-brewed 20-meter dipole mounted NNW/SSE as a "sloper" with the top about 20 feet in the air.

Here's a picture of my little shack. The power supply is hiding out behind the radio and matcher.

A picture of KD5COL's shack.

It's a little hard to see, but this is my homemade 20 meter dipole. I'm facing east taking the picture. The top of the antenna is about 20 feet in the air.

A picture of KD4COL's 'sloper' 20 meter dipole.

For 2 meters, I use a little portable 2 meter antenna I made out of some scrap 450-ohm antenna wire and a discarded piece of RG-8X coax. The antenna works perfectly!

I use Debian Linux in the shack on an older Gateway netbook. My logging program is xlog. It's a really good general purpose logging program. I also paper log ("paper remembers so you can forget"). I use TrustedQSL for my LotW work.

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