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Home Station configuration
The present setup comprises 2 HF radios - a Yaesu FTdx10 for all bands/modes 1.8MHz - 70MHz and a Mission RGO ONE for 1.8MHz - 28MHz. I love them both so can never quite choose which to use! I slightly favour the RGO ONE for it’s clean audio but I love the ‘Ten’ for it’s bandscope, panadapter & waterfall and it’s amazing receiver and DSP. I might even start taking the RGO ONE out into the field!
Finally, I have a Yaesu FTM-7250D for 144MHz and 432MHz FM & System Fusion.
I also have other more ‘minor’ radios - 2 Weber Dual Bander QRP Kit Transceivers (for 80/40 and 30/20) and a Yaesu FT-817ND which I like using on occasions.
HF is connected via a remote LDG AT-600 Automatic ATU and Balun connected to a home-made 240 foot long doublet fed at about 35 feet high at its centre. I can switch up to 4 radios to this antenna if I want to experiment.
On VHF/UHF, I have a vertically-polarised Diamond X-300 collinear and a 4 element Tonna 144MHz beam (horizontally polarised) pointing in a fixed ESE direction, though that is sadly not wired up to a radio just at the moment…
I like HTs; I own an Icom ID-51E Anniversary Edition & an Icom ID-31E. I also have 2 Network HTs, an Inrico T-320 and a Hytera PNC-370.
My QTH is about 479 feet ASL, my locator is IO92BJ and my WAB square is SP17 but in the Worcestershire bit!
I work most bands according to my interests, but will be found most often on the lower bands 160m, 80m and 40m - I like playing around with CW too, usually in a contest.
I am especially excited that Parks on the Air has come to the UK and am looking forward to seeing what that might bring on the portable front. I have been inspired recently by the exploits of K4SWL Thomas and I recommend his website and YouTube channel without reservation.
Mobile Station configuration
I haven’t got any mobile equipment in the car at the moment, but have many single band antennae ready to go if I once make the decision to go back to HF mobile-ing again.
There is also a rare chance that you might catch me out bicycle mobile on 2m or 70cm (if you are both local and unlucky!)
Portable Station configuration
Out "in the field", I like to use either my YouKits HB-1B or my trusty Yaesu FT-817ND.
For handheld use, I usually take either my Icom ID-51 or ID-31. I also use Network Radio too, as the coverage is excellent!
For higher power HF operations, I use the RGO ONE. A variety of antennas are used - usually a Sotabeams linked dipole of some sort, though sometimes a 3 element SOTA beam for 144MHz. I have also used a home-brew 160m dipole with some success...
2010 saw a debut in the Backpackers Contests and a successful win in the 50MHz section with my pals G3YXM and G4FPH. Not bad for a first time! Our exploits even made the front cover of RadCom in August 2011 as seen here.
Garden Station configuration
When the weather is nice and I don't fancy going full-blown portable, I often operate from the back garden. Sadly the TS-480 in the picture is now sold, and Rio the Chinese Crested Hairless rescue boy is also no longer on this planet.
I use the RGO ONE in this configuration these days.
Notice the beer glass is empty though… Priorities!