|Icom IC-7300||All-Band +6M All-Mode 100W SDR Transceiver||In 2020, I realized the technology in my shack was getting fairly old. After a few weeks of research, this rig stood out as the best mix of value for the money. It's now my "go-to" rig for most operating.|
|Elecraft K2||All-Band high-performance QRP Transceiver||In 1996, I wrote a web page for a local business. They paid me with enough money to buy a K2. It took me about 40 hours to build and worked first time. Since then I've added numerous accessories and modifications and it's still my best CW contest rig.|
|Astron RS-35A||35A Power supply||When I upgraded my rig to a full 100W radio, I needed a supply that would be able to provide all the current it could need. Thus, during a visit to my closest HRO (New Castle, DE...about a 5 hour drive), I bought this supply.|
|Hy-Gain 421B||Analog Power & SWR Meter||This isn't fancy or expensive, but it's a fairly accurate and reliable piece of RF test gear.|
|Homebrew SWR and Power Meters||Click Here!||I homebrewed digital meters for both power and SWR. They're useful additions to the position.|
|Power monitoring||Quicksilver Radio||I added voltage monitoring, both +12V station power, and +9V accessory power to the audio and keying patch panel. It proved its worth once when I experienced a power supply failure.|
|Homebrew Keyer||Schematic||I run older and homebrew rigs that often don't have sidetone or internal keyers. So, I built a station keyer. It also contains a keying circuit for serial ports.|
|ATU-100 Auto-Tuner Kit||EBAY Listing||I have radios enough to run every band from 160M to 6 M...more than I have antennas for. I needed a tuner and this one was inexpensive and works well. A bonus is that it was a kit; I love building kits.|
|Heil ICMBG Microphone||Heil ICMBG||I've run borrowed or homebrew mics for years. I finally decided when I got the new SDR rig, that it was time for me to sound as good as I could. This mic is specifically designed for ICOM rigs like my new SDR rig.|
|Terryza Mini-Computer||Terryza on Amazon||This computer fits behind the monitor. It's very compact and low-power.|
|RF Patch Panels||I Use BNC patch panels to interconnect my rigs and antennas.|
|The Console itself||PDF of the Console|
My previous operating position was little more than a big table with a fancy shelf on it. It didn't have space for a computer or monitor, and couldn't be customized. Thus began design & construction of this console. It's on wheels so I can access the rear easily. All connections are mounted on fiberglass panels suspended behind each shelf and the wiring is behind those panels. It's fully self-contained with the only external connections being antenna cables and power.
The entire "GO" Kit fits in a toolbox for portability. The box itself has installed power ports and a battery pack. Otherwise, all major equipment is contained in foam cutouts for protection.
KD1JV ATS-3B Transceiver
The ATS-3B was a limited release multiband CW QRP Transceiver that can cover all amateur bands from 80M to 15M. It can be powered from 9V and puts out about 2W - 3W at that voltage. The receiver is quite sensitive and the IF bandwidth is about 400Hz...perfectly suitable for CW.
QRP Antenna Tuner
Given that the "GO" Kit is meant to be used anywhere under emergency conditions, I included a tuner to allow me to use a random wire as an antenna. This tuner is a basic "T" type with an enclosed LED & Diode SWR indicator.
Just like for the Antenna Tuner, I may be required to place wires or try to use any random metal like downspouts or towers as antennas. This tool allows me to tune such devices for resonance, or at least know where they resonate.
Digital SWR Meter
In the same theme as the previous 2 items, this meter allows me to determine the exact SWR of whatever I'm using as an antenna. It's all-digital and direct reading. Just press the power button and read the SWR.
The ATS-3B changes transmit CW speed by accessing its internal menus. I found that method cumbersome and wanted to vary speed simply by using a knob. Thus, I built an external keyer. An added bonus to using an external keyer was that it allows me to "tune" or trnsmit continuously to test antennas. This keyer also has selectable sidetone.