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Over the years the radio shack of G7SYW has undergone lots of changes. I take a look back over the years.

2004-2008 Shack

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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. Read Complete Article...

2009 Shack

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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”. Read Complete Article...

HF (0-30MHz) Transceivers

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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.
Once I had got the radio home and on the workbench I set about the repair and very soon the radio was back in good health once again.
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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. Read Complete Article...

Shack Computer

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Main Computer

For the majority of computing processes in the shack I employ the use of a home built Windows PC.
The hardware was originally based around an ECS GF8100vm-m5 motherboard with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Read Complete Article...

The Headsets…

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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. Read Complete Article...