General notes to the Band Plan
- The Shacks
- Test Gear
- Technical Topics
- Going Digital
At this point in time, I had access to a reasonable sized shack and garden, both of which I intended to use to maximum effect.
I used a Yaesu FT-847 and this stood where I later replaced it with a Yaesu FT-980.
For mobile use I had an Icom 2725e which has true dual band capability, allowing reception on 2m and 70cms at the same time.
Obviously transmission is limited to a single band at any one time although it is possible to set it up as a cross-band repeater system.
Yet again moving, and into smaller premises, meant the shack size was seriously reduced. In fact it was reduced to two radios, both being the Yaesu FT-857D, often described as a “shack in a box”.
Licences bearing unique callsigns are issued to every amateur radio operator. Regulated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the amateur licence callsigns always follow a specific format.
It is this unique callsign that identifies the radio operator while on the air.
Under normal circumstances once issued, amateur callsigns will not be re-issued without good reason, or until a suitable period of time has passed.
At my new QTH I have much more room in which to play with different antennas.
The garden I have at my disposal now would be the envy of a lot of radio amateurs. I am able to erect a full size 80m dipole – that’s 40m in length!
Until fairly recently, I used MixW for digimodes and logging. Due to it’s ease of use, configuration and the extremely flexible macro capability of the software and very low use of computer resources make it ideal for using with older hardware.
Contestia is a digital mode directly derived from Olivia but not as robust.
In the shack I have two digital multimeters, both being manufactured by Fluke.