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Usually monitoring. 146.550 MHz simplex, 439.025 MHz simplex, 52.525 MHz simplex. or the VK3 RMS 6 metre repeater (52.900MHz).

The CAT Shack consists of.

Yaesu FT747, FT847, FL2100Z amplifier, FC902 tuner, HL180V amplifier Plessy MTR 8000 on 6 metres, Yaesu FT2700RH for 2 & 70 FM.

Antennas are a home brew open wire fed Doublet or Centre Fed Zepp in a V configuration for HF, 3 element Hidaka Triband yagi, 6 element yagi for 6 metres SSB, 2 x 13 element yagis for 2 & 70 SSB, 1/2 wave vertical for 6 metres, dual band collinear for 2  & 70 FM, a top loaded vertical for 160 metres. The power supplies are home brew VK Power master 25 and a smaller 10 amp version.

The Cat Shack is also set up for packet radio. The Local BBS is VK3APC on 144.850. Connection is through a dedicated Philips FM828, a Baycom Modem and WinPack running the SV2AGW Packet Engine. The antenna is a simple 1/4 wave ground plane. Packet address is [email protected]#mel.vic.aus.oc

Two Realistic scanners - PRO 2006 and PRO2010 are used for monitoring purposes

The Shack Computer is just an old Pentium 120 MHz running Windows 95. This also allows access to the HF digital modes.

Since I gained my Amateur licence in 1995, I have predominantly worked long distance (DX) on 10 metres. I have also managed to work all states on 2 metres SSB and am currently trying to increase my country count on 6 metres. The HF Doublet antenna is an excellent antenna and is particularly good on 80 metres.

vk3cat(at)qsl.net

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