My home shack is pretty simple since I moved to an
apartment. I use the TS590S Kenwood transceiver in
combination with a SDR receiver
My radio is connected to my computer through an USB cable.
Up to 12wpm I enjoy the paddle, but spatially on dx
exhibitions and contest, most hams using computer driven
high speed CW calling. With the Ham MRP40
software I am able to participate the higher speed CW
Early Jan 2015 I repaired my old TS930SAT Kenwood with the help of
W3AFC. John had the same power supply problem and broken
drivers in the PA too, but ... he took note about everything
and wrote a very interesting paper. Thanks John for the help
and motivating me to fire-up again this old Flag ship of
I am using 3 antennas for HF communications:
antenna is a End Fed Long wire of 158 m (518 feed) lenght,
covering 1.8 to 30 MHz
and mounted about 8m up with the line strung started top of the
roof through a few steel poles in the garden ending in a oak
second antenne is also an End Fed wire of 42m covering 3.5
to 30 MHz.
Entering the shack after a magnetic balun, followed by
a current balun and finally matched by the MFJ-993B
antenne tuner to the TRX.
I have a clear area
and run the antenna wire straight north-south. It has been
working just fine for me, considering the low height for the
wire and the fix direction.
The third one is a
small vertical End Fed : Sigma SE HF360
The Sigma Euro-Comm. SE HF360 is an End Fed, Vertical
Fiberglass Antenna capable of allowing the user to work 80
Meters through to 6 Meters using an ATU, also not requiring
any counterpoise. The Sigma Euro-Comm. SE HF360 can be pole
mounted at ground level or elevated depending on the userís
requirements. The Antenna is rated at 300 Watts side band
and comes complete with fixings and full installation guide.
The Sigma Euro-Comm. SE HF360 has 4 sections, 3 high grade
fiberglass sections and one stainless steel whip.
My VHF antenna is a Diamond X-50 vertical, mounted 8m
and used for the dual band Standard C528 portable transceiver,
70cm and 2m. or the Beofeng UV-5R
discone antenna is a
Sirio 1300 -
Specs, mounted 8m
and can be used for the SDR RSP1A receiver, combined the
I use the
Logger32 software as semi-manual logbook. On hand *.ADIF files
these info is auto-transmitted to LOTW, e-QSL, Clublog, QRZ and HRDlogs.
So far so good.
Using the Ultimate3S
kit (QRPLab's) 200mW/5W combined different antennas,
magnetic loop 90cm, double loop 1.4m.