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.
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.
In the world of radio communications there are many varied methods of using digital signals, known as digimodes. In it’s simplest form, a digital mode is simply a digital signal transmitted over the air.
In the shack I have two digital multimeters, both being manufactured by Fluke.