A convoluted title, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve made a blog post… I’ve been sick, building new computers, fixing old computers, de-icing FM transmitters… the works.
I figure it’s about time I do a Ham Shack Update. For my latest addition to be complete, however, I’m still missing a few parts that won’t be here until the end of the week. So I thought I would give a sneak preview of sorts.
First new toy to the shack came just days after posting my last shack update, and that is my Yaesu FT-1900R 2-meter mobile FM transceiver. As you may recall it was on my Christmas wish list and I did end up getting it. It’s a great little radio, capable of doing 55W on full power. I have it hooked up to my slim-jim 2M/70cm end fed dipole antenna (from N9TAX) and I’m able to hit the local repeaters without too much trouble.
I did also purchase a second FT-1900R that will soon be going in my car. This will give me a dedicated radio in my car, instead of hooking up my Baofeng HT to my mag-mount antenna.
The other new toy that I just got last week is a Kenwood TS-50 HF radio, which I scored for a great price a club auction. I haven’t played around with it a whole lot yet, as I’m trying to figure out an antenna solution, since I’m in a ground floor apartment (not for much longer, I hope). I have a CB antenna I got from my Dad and a 20M Bazooka Dipole I got as a gift from Gordy, KDØLHB. The CB antenna, as you can imagine, doesn’t perform all that well, but the Bazooka does a great job picking up signals (all I’ve gotten so far was 40M to come through but conditions were bad when I tried it out).
The other thing is that I do not have an antenna tuner yet, so I have not been able to transmit with this rig just yet. (hence why this post is a preview). That should be here Thursday or Friday, so by this weekend I should be able to get some real results from the radio.
That’s just a glimpse of what’s to come. I hope to have the full update done next week.