My Interests

My interests in Amateur Radio


Well, I can say that I am addicted to ham radio. I'm active in VHF/UHF/HF, however I am most active in HF, Specifically 75m LSB.

I am absolutely obsessed with SSB and I am getting into ESSB. Currently my weapon of choice is an IC-7000 and an AL-572, although I am setting up two other ESSB stations. They are as follows, FT-920 and, a TS-850S AT. The 920 Has every acc you can think of except the FL-7000. And I just came across the TS-850 at a local hamfest, it is in absolutely amazing condition. I am currently looking for the DSP-100 for superb audio quality. As for my next and ultimate ESSB set up I will be setting up an Icom IC-756proIII. I will be putting in outboard audio equipment such as the W2IHY 8 Band EQ and EQ plus, as well as the Heil PR-40 and all accs. I also work a lot of 40, 20, 10, 6, and 2m SSB.

When it comes to VHF/UHF I�m not all that active. As I said before I do enjoy 6 and 2m ssb. But as for FM I really only check in to nets, which is something I enjoy doing on all bands I do participate in running the local 2m net.

When I do operate my favorite modes I participate in a few different ways. I enjoy contests, DX, and nets but I must say ragchewing is my favorite. I was part of field day for the first time last year and I had lots of fun. This year I plan to do things a little different however. I plan on running an IC-703+ on gel cell batteries and a homemade dipole.

Now QRP is a new concept to me, and something I plan on getting into very heavily. Now, I know that a 703 is not a true QRP rig on 13.6 vdc, but I will run it at 5w so it will be legit.

Now for a mode that I have just grown an interest in is CW. Yes I was licensed as a no code but the code bug bite me. Well actually the first time I took my test I was nine years old and passed the code exam at 5wpm. That was when the test was in to parts and there was also a 5wpm requirement. Now that was for Tech Plus so it was optional, I could have just become a tech.  The funny thing is that I passed the code exam and the written exam about CW but I failed the Tech exam, lol. Now I wish my grandfather would have pushed me to retake the test. Then maybe I would have used CW over the years and I would not have to re learn it, lol.

I also really enjoy going to hamfests and coffee brakes. As well as going to VE test sessions and just recently received my materials to become a VE.

Another thing I enjoy about the hobby is experimenting. I am getting into building kits so that I can acquire the knowledge to refurbish antique rigs. My first project will be something like a heathkit sb101. I enjoy constructing antennas, mostly HF antennas. In fact all of my HF antennas are homebrew.

Tube rigs are also a big passion of mine and I wish to acquire a large collection.

Well that about sums it up. 


Things have changed a bit over the last year or so. My station currently consists of the ProIII, 7000 w/ tuner, AL-572, VX7, some broadcast gear, and a few Shortwave receivers. Everything else has been purged from the shack and the mobile.

Update 2:
Once again, things have changed. Or rather, I have changed. I suppose adding a few years will do that, change a young mans opinion that is. 

My current interests are as follows: 

Station (Operating position): Elecraft K3/100, P3, KPA500, KAT500. 
Antennas: Six band HexBeam, 33' 40m vertical, 160m hlaf sloper, ladder line fed multi band doublet for 80(75)/40m, half wave dipole for 60m, and 2m yagi.
QRP (desktop): K3/10, P3.
Vintage SSB: Colins S-Line.
Vintage AM: Collins A-Line.


Well I have been listening to cw for a long time and rather enjoy it. So now that I have my 756ProIII I need to pick up a key and get on the air. 

CW is an area of amateur radio that I have been interested in for quite some time. Currently I am studying Morse code once again. Since I can only listen at the moment, I have lots of time to learn. Picking out a set of paddles and getting on the air will be a fun experience that I hope will come along shortly after arriving home. 


My interests in phone operation have changed a bit. The ESSB phase was short lived. I still like SSB over most modes but I will stick with 2.5-3.3 KHz. I have become interested in AM over the last few months and plan on putting together a plate modulated AM setup. However I will discuss that in the "New" boat anchors section.

Boat anchors

Not that this is a new obsession but I have been considering replenishing my "boat anchor" collection. I will give you a rundown.

Future AM setup
Collins 75A1, 32V2.

Future Tube SSB setup
Collins 72S3, 32S3.

As you can see, I have eclectic taste to say the least. Trust me, I will eventually have everything listed!

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