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Licensee:  Scott D. EDSon, La Habra, CA USA Flag


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My Equipment

Ham Shack

The "Ham Shack" is located on the second floor of my home... That makes it a little more difficult to get a good ground, but at least I can use less coax to the antennas on the roof. The chair is currently positioned at my computer desk and is swung left to access the ham radio desk. To the left of the amplifier (and outside the picture) is my work bench.


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My Rigs

Ham ShackG5RV Lite Rigs

I really enjoy HF. I have worked 160m, 75/80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m and spend most of my time on 20 meters during the day, and 75/80 at night. I have tried several ham radio logging programs and found N3FJP's Amateur Contact Log suite to work the best for me. I collect QSL cards and also use the ARRL Logbook of The World.

My HF radio is the Yaesu FT-2000D connected to a Yaesu VL-1000 Linear Amplifier. I usually run 200 watts from the 2000D and kick in the amplifier when I need 500 watts (the VL-1000 supports 1KW when powered by 220VAC and 500 watts when wired to 110 volts).

I use a Heil PR-781 microphone (I get lots of compliments on it), Yaesu DMU-2000 Data Management Unit, Yaesu FH-2 Remote Control Keypad, small Genius keyboard, Samsung 19 inch monitor, Yaesu SP-2000 DSP Speaker, MFJ-998 Antenna Tuner and MFJ-991 Artificial Ground. My antenna is a RadioWavz G5RV* Lite antenna installed slightly inverted, pretty much following the roof line, and peaking only about 6 foot off the roof (due to HOA restrictions). I also have a Diamond W8010 "Long Wire" dipole antenna (63 feet long) for my HF base station, but have yet to install it.

*Note: The Yaesu manual recommends the use of an external antenna tuner when a G5RV antenna is used.


ICOM ID-5100A  J-POLE

For 2 meter and 440 base operation, I now use the Icom ID-5100A with a J-POLE antenna and the Yaesu SP-8 Speaker. (The ham shack picture above still shows the Yaesu FTM-350...) The 5100A radio is both analog and DSTAR digital, and I am enjoying DSTAR. I bought a Diamond X3200A "Triband" base antenna (10.5 feet tall) for the 5100A, but I have yet to install it. I got the 3-band antenna in case I want to connect my Kenwood TH-F6A handie talkie 1.25m band (220MHz).

My backup HF radio is an old Kenwood TS-440S/AT, PS-50 heavy duty power supply, SP-430 external speaker, and MC-60A mic. I also have a Yaesu FT-897D as a backup HF, 2 meter/440 radio which also doubles as a "portable" rig.


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My Mobile

CR320A from the rear FTM-350AR with Garmin 1690 CR320A from the side

My mobile solution is now the Icom IC-7100 (I need to change these pictures) which is a HF 160m-6m and 2m/70cm (analog and DSTAR) mobile. The base of the radio is mounted in the trunk, and the head is mounted on my center console. I upgraded the micophone to an Icom HM-151 remote control microphone.

When I want to work the HF side of the radio, I have all the Diamond HFxCL model "MONOband" mobile antennas (where x = 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 40 and 80 [meters]); they range from 86.6 - 87.5 inches tall.

I also have a Diamond SD330 HF "Screwdriver" mobile antenna (bands 3.5 to 30MHz, max height of 73 inches) and the Icom AH4 auto tuner; but have yet to install them.

For the 2m/440 side, I now use the Comet SBB-14 triband 6 meter, 2 meter and 440 MHz mobile antenna (it is 43 inches tall and folds over easily) and I have the Diamond CR8900A quad band mobile antenna for when I want to use 6 meter repeaters too. Nice antenna, but 50 inches tall and does not fit in the parking structure at work and is difficult to fold over quickly and easily, so I only use it on weekends and trips.

All antennas have a UHF connector so I use the Diamond K400C Trunk/Hatchback mount which is a heavy duty mount with UHF base.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm pretty sold on Diamond products and trying my first Comet!!!


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My Handheld Transceivers

ID-51A+

My primary HT now is an Icom ID-51A+ (I bought the lime green) 2m/70cm Analog and DSTAR radio with lime case and OEM Special Edition long antenna (FA-S270E) for much better performance.

TH-F6A

My Kenwood TH-F6A is now my backup... It features full power available on all three bands (2m/220/440) and long life battery. I replaced the stock antenna with a Diamond SRH-320A for a little better performance.


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My Scanner

Desktop ChargerKG-UV3D

I was looking for a VHF, UHF, T-Band scanner to listen to aircraft (I'm a private pilot) and public safety. I discovered older model scanners for about $100 or newer model scanners for $400-$500. The latter were just too expensive for my need and for the same $100 for an old model, plus a few bucks more ($20), I could get a HT "transceiver" that I could just use as a scanner. I purchased the Wouxun KG-UV3D which can be programmed to receive VHF, UHF and T-Band with a free unlock software available on the Internet. So I did just that, programmed in the channels I wanted to hear (programmed receive only) and use it as a scanner. A saved profile and quick write to the radio will turn it into an amateur radio HT, whenever needed. Other brand HT's are even cheaper now!


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