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”.
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.
Kenwood TS-850 S/AT
The radio I’m now using is a Kenwood TS-850S with the optional automatic antenna tuner (ATU) fitted.
I purchased this radio for a bargain price with a minor, but common, fault; this being very low received audio volume.
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.
Morse code (CW) paddle
Within my station is an MFJ 564 paddle which is used for sending morse code, or CW as it’s also known.
Yes, even though morse code is one of the oldest methods of radio communication, it is still very widely used and popular with operators who prefer to use as little power as possible (QRP) to maintain a contact.
Like almost every other radio ham, I use a computer for log keeping, digital modes and other tasks.
For the majority of computing processes in the shack I employ the use of a home built Windows PC.
New location – new purpose built shack
My current QTH has a nice large garden so I have taken advantage of this and purchased a nice, good quality wooden shed which is being solely used as my operating shack.
Listening to the radio can sometimes be difficult as a result of external noise or attempting to hear very weak signals. I have two different headsets for this purpose.
To compliment the Kenwood TS-850, I have also purchased a Kenwood MC-60A desk microphone which has a communication type dynamic and unidirectional moving coil microphone element.