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My latest station setup from 2012-Present with the KX3 as the main rig and other Elecraft rigs as standby/portable gear. L-R on shelf: Logs, award tracking, info, etc. papers; K2 with antenna switch on top; KX3 in hmbw mounting bracket; KX1; Computer monitor. On the desktop, my key collection and current log. On the wall in back of the KX3 is my latest digital calendar with date and temperature readouts. Of course there is that lamp lurking on the mantle.
My station with the K2 as my main rig from 2011-2012. L-R on shelf: KX-1 portable rig, antenna tuner / switch, K2 with 6M transverter on top and clock on top of that, TS-570D, my little calendar. On the desktop at left is my key collection shown in more detail below and my log. Of course the traditional lamp still there on the mantle. The little switch box under the shelf at left is for switching headphones and key between the K2 and 570.
My station with the TS-480SAT I used on loan from Mike KC2EGL from 2008-2011. L-R: TS-570 with the 480 speaker I seldom use on top, antenna tuner / switch, TS-480 with clock and FISTS emblem on the RF unit in back, my little calendar in front of the tiny key given to me by Geo N1EAV, and some papers. On the desktop at left is my key collection shown in more detail below and my log. Of course the traditional lamp still there on the mantle.
Here is my current 2010-Present key setup. I have four keys arranged so I can seamlessly switch among them at any time. See the large size picture for identification of the items.
My station with the TS-570D(G) as my main rig from 1999-2008. L-R: Kenwood power supply, new homebrew antenna tuner / switch, TS-570D with the same clock on top, QRP+ with calendar in front, and some papers. Note the lamp now has a new blue-green shade - other than that it's still the same old lamp. On the desktop I've added a straight key so I can switch to it immediately when I wish.
Here's me and my old homebrew station from 1992-1999. At the right in the picture is the old Tandy 1000SX computer I used for contesting. It's since been upgraded twice to a Quantex 486 66MHz computer and the current eMachines computer. The tennis ball is there for squeezing to exercise the fingers and wrist. You've got to be in shape to do a lot of CW. HI.
This is a closer look at the homebrew equipment I used for many years. L-R are my: antenna tuner (brown box) with the built in power / swr meter at the bottom, homebrew transmitter, ICOM R-71A receiver with UTC digital clock on top, VFO that started life as a Lafayette VFO in the 60's, but has been extensively modified, VFO power supply. On the desktop: keyer, homebrew paddle made from two straight keys, log and computer mouse. The old lamp is still there. Centered above the station on the wall is my license - now in a different frame and position.
Here I am doing one of the things I like best, working CW. The view out the window shows the building across the street that used to house a Pepsi distributor. The northern horizon in the distance is the lowest point in the hills surrounding our town. Also in this picture above my head (top to bottom) are my SOWP 40 WPM code certificate, my ARRL 35 WPM certificate, and ARRL membership.
When I was a Novice I displayed my QSL cards on the wall. This (left) is how the wall looked in August, 1963. Take a look at the full size picture and see if you recognize any of these folks from so many years ago. It brings back a lot of memories when I look over these cards. That's my license in the frame in the middle of the cards. Note the lamp in the right part of the picture. It's still there now. After quite a few years of inactivity I replaced the cards with my awards (right) when I became active again in 1993. Top row: A-1 Operator (with my license) - FISTS Membership - ARRL HPM Birthday Celebration. Middle row: DXCC - USA-CA 1500 - WPX. Bottom row: WAC - WAS
It seems obligatory for a ham site to have some antenna pictures if there are any pictures at all. Mine are now located here in my Homebrewing section.
Now some idea of the local terrain. At left is the view to the northwest from my shack window. The river runs just this side of the hills in the background which give me about 5-6 degrees of horizon blockage. In the foreground is my 10m dipole which does not run up to that telephone pole across the street. It's just an illusion of perspective. At right is a view to the east showing a beautiful rainbow over the hills which extend upward about 9 degrees and block my low angle radiation in the direction of Africa.
When I'm not hamming, I like to fish. Here's a sample of what I catch here in the Allegheny River that runs through Kittanning. It's a 27 inch northern pike caught using a small sandpike for bait. It was caught on Sept 17, 1998.
Thanks to the following for helping to take the pictures and to scan them: Eric KB3BFQ; Dan KE3WH; Mickey Roudebush; Brenda Bowser; Curron Hill now KB3DRW; Mike KC2EGL.