Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ham Shack Update

Well, with the exception of finding a Kenwood SP-120 speaker, I have just about completed a station that any ham from the late 80's to early 90's would be proud to call their own!

Just to brag (or whine, depending on time of day, my mood, and your point of view) my collection contains:

Kenwood TS-440S/AT (with FM module, IC-10 kit, Voice Module, tuner, and ALL optional filters)
Kenwood PS-430 power supply
Kenwood SP-430 speaker
Kenwood AT-250 outboard tuner (for 160m)
Kenwood IF-232C computer interface
Kenwood MC-50 microphone

Kenwood TR-9000 (with ComSpec SS-64 tone module) 2m All Mode radio
Kenwood PS-20 power supply
Kenwood SP-120 speaker
Kenwood BO-9 base shelf
Kenwood TR-7730 (2m FM for APRS)
Mirage B-34-G amplifier with GaAsFET per-amp

Kenwood TR-9500 70cm All Mode radio
Kenwood PS-20 power supply
Kenwood BO-9A base shelf

SignaLink USB soundcard interface
Homebrew soundcard interface (cost <$20 and works just as well as the Signalink)
Homebrew coax tester
Homebrew LED ambiance lights ;-)
Homebrew PTT mic to PC interface
Wouxon KG-UV3D dual-band HT
Heath bench variable power supply
Radio Shack SWR/power meter
MFJ-941D antenna tuner
Cheap CW key

Yaesu FT-2900R
Galaxy DX959
Radio Shack HTX-10
Radio Shack PRO-2050 scanner
Homebrew radio console

RadioWavz G5RV Lite
Homebrew 2m moxon
Homebrew 2m 1/4 wave ground plane

While this may all seem like an impressive list of equipment, it can all be replaced with one radio these days.  The Kenwood TS-2000, the ICOM 7000, the Yaesu FT-857D will each do everything that this entire list does and take up less space and power in the process!  Plus the new radios have DSP to clean up those weak signals.  On the flip side, all of the equipment listed didn't cost me what a fully loaded TS-2000 would cost.  So, pros and cons to each approach.

Anyhow, here is a quick pic of my shack (ignore the ugly desk, its not finished, and I'm an engineer, not a skilled wood worker, although I generally enjoy trying).

So anywho, there you go.  A shadowy flight into the ham shack of a man who does not exist...  Sorry, couldn't resist the geeky Knight Rider reference.

73 and good night,

Richard, KK4JDO

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