My first shack consisted of a Kenwood TS-430s, a Kenwood MC-60A microphone, a simple antenna tuner, a SWR/power meter, paper logbook, and later adding a computer.
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.
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”.
It wasn’t so much a farm – more like a window box!
HF homebrew multiple dipoles
My last QTH had a tiny postage stamp for a garden, less than 30 feet x 30 feet. Additionally, I also had the problem of overhead power cables that ran parallel with, and about 18 inches away from the back fence, thus installing any kind of HF antenna required a bit of homebrew ingenuity, this is where the ability to experiment with antennas came into play – enter the dipole!
New location – new purpose built shack
My QTH between 2016 and mid 2019 had a nice large garden so I took advantage of this and purchased a nice, good quality wooden shed which was being solely used as my operating shack.
On the move – yet again!
Well here we are at the beginning of August 2019 and due to unforseen personal circumstances I have had to change my location once more.
Airlite 62 aviation headset
I have acquired an Airlite 62 aviation headset and modified it for use with my Kenwood TS-850.
This headset is designed and manufactured in the UK primarily for the aviation sector such as the RAF, air traffic control etc.
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.
May 2017 – New QTH, all change of antennas
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!