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1979

The Junker hand key had just arrived, but the microphone was still primarily in use. The TS520 has been serving me well for 2 years by now, and would continue to do so for another 5 years.

After starting out with parallel dipoles for 20/15/10 I had by now settled on an 84ft tuned doublet for all band working. The ATU was located on a window sill, right where the tuned feeders came in through the wooden frame.

Shack Picture 1982

 

1982

The Junker has now replaced the microphone as the means of communication, but the Apple 2e computer has appeared

Shack Picture - 1984

 

1984

A year after moving QTH the reign of the TS520 came to an end when the TS930 arrived. This picture captures the short period of time between the 930 arriving, and the 520 departing.

 

Shack Picture 1987

 

1987

The arrival of some ex-PMR gear heralds my arrival on 70MHz FM

The 5bandDXCC plaque has been on the wall for a year already.

Shack Picture 2005

 

2005

The Ascom se550 had arrived 2 years earlier. One of the 1500 purchased by the Rugby Transmitting society and sold on to amateurs after software updates & retuning. Fully synthesised. 12.5kHz spec.

The 70 MHz band was very busy around this time.

Shack Picture - 2012

 

2012

Moved to the current QTH about 6 years ago. The ts930 is still here. So is the Junker and the Ascom , but an ft8900 has joined them on the bench for local ragchews.

The KW EZEE match balanced ATU matches the 84ft doublet on all HF bands.

I used this aerial to great effect at my first QTH and it seems to be working well here too, despite the massive increase in local QRN levels over the previous 3 years.

shack picture - 2013

2013

I finally replaced the ts930 in September. After much deliberation I settled on the ts590 and it seems to have been a good choice.

The ft8900 and Ascom have been replaced with an FT2800 2m FM rig. The replacement was intended to be an Icom ic7100 but Icom are still apparently having quality control issues with the 7100 so I returned it.

My shack - 2015

2015

The FT2800 has gone, along with the FT7900 that replaced it. In October 2014 the Wouxun KG-UV950PL arrived, covering 4/6/2/70cm.

Early in 2015 I decided to investigate digital voice and bought a Motorola DM4600. A completely new mode to me & lots to learn.

After 45 years using my Junker hand key I started to find manual sending getting slightly tricky so a Kent paddle has appeared on the table, which I'm gradually getting used to.