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This is my operating position! (Left to Right)

HP Spectre 2 in 1 laptop. I7 processor, 16 Gb memory and 1 Tb SSD disk drive.


Yeasu FT-991 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver. 100 watts 160 - 6 meters. 50 watts 2/70cm. Multi-mode (C4FM/CW/SSB/FM/AM). Standard Hand Mic. Programming software is from RT Systems.


On top of the Yeasu FT-991 is a Yeasu SCU-17 interface. Yes I know that the FT-991 does work thought the USB direct. I like to be able to adjust in/out audio without going to and changing menu options or calling up the speaker menu.


Kantronics KAM Plus (on the desk). I use this KAM for coping ARRL bulletins (multi-mode), RTTY, PSK31 and other digital modes QSO's. It works very well on HF/VHF packet and it has a built in personal BBS! Yes it is old, but it still works very well! (thanks to Jeff N8HEE who replaced some caps and got it back in working condition)


LDG Z100Plus Auto Tuner (above the KAM). I chose this unit because it does not require a RS232 adapter or power cube. The unit is powered with a 9 volt internal battery. All I have to do is tune to the frequency I want to operate on then push the "Tune" button on the auto tuner! That's it! It has memory so the common frequencies are stored and tuning is very fast.


MFJ Power Supply is my backup or portable power supply. 30 amps max and 25 amps continuous. It is very small and light weight, and has 2 Anderson power pole connectors on back. I use this power supply to power different power amplifiers. 100 watt 440 MHz Mirage amplifier (FM/SSB) - 160 Watt 144 MHz Mirage amplifier (FM/SSB).


222 MHz Transverter: 10 meter IF with 5 watt in and 10 watts output in any mode.BNC connections for transceiver, HF Antenna and 222 MHz antenna. When the unit is powered off, this allows the HF antenna connection to the transceiver. When the unit is powered on, this will connect the 222 antenna and the unit is ready for 222 MHz use. Transmit/Receive is going through the Yeasu SCU-17 connection. I bought this unit on Ebay ( and it only took 9 days for the unit to be delivered. The first QSO was on SSB with a station 35 miles away. I only had a vertical antenna and the other station was on a beam. Good reports via local repeater(s).


25 inch LED TV/Monitor is used for the Raspberry Pi single board computer BPQ packet BBS, Roku, Amazon fire TV, Chromecast, video editing and any HDMI equipment that I use. The TV/Monitor has 2 HDMI ports, 1 RGB port, 1 RS232 computer port and a Type F TV antenna connection. On one of the HDMI ports I have a Rockfish 4 port HDMI switch/adaptor. This gives me 5 HDMI ports!


ClearNode ( is a Raspberry Pi based UHF hotspot. Allstar, Echolink, DMR, P25, YSF, FCS & DXDN modes using a standard (analog) FM radio. Yes it is true, a standard Analog radio will be able to operate on the above digital modes. There are iPhone/Android apps for configuring and controlling the hotspot. Scheduling, time and weather functions and streaming to your Broadcastify account. There is plans on adding D-Star in the future. I took this unit on a week trip to Williamsburg VA, and it connected up to the WIFI in my car and the condos WIFI without any problems. Had many QSO's using different modes using my standard Anytone HT.


SharkRF OpenSpot sits on the shelf above the TV/Monitor by the cable modem. The OpenSpot is a DMR/C4FM/D-star 20 mw hot spot for digital modes. The unit can cross mode between Fusion and DMR and DMR to Fusion. The OpenSpot is powered by the USB port on the modem and is connected to the internet via a RJ45 port on the modem. I cross mode (C4FM to DMR) from my 443.350 Fusion repeater (in digital mode) to Michigan 1 DMR (Brandmeister). Most of the time I have it set to FCS001 74.


SharkRF OpenSpot 2 is what I use here at the QTH/mobile/portable. The OpenSpot 2 is a DMR/C4FM/D-Star 20 mw hot spot for digital modes. The unit can cross mode between Fusion and DMR and DMR to Fusion. It does not crossmode to D-Star. The OpenSpot 2 is powered by the USB port on the modem and is connected to the internet via WIFI. Here at the house the node is on D-Star XLX20A and have set a profile to connect to 24A for the Michigan D-Star net.


SharkRF OpenSpot 3 DMR, D-Star, System Fusion, NXDN, P25, POCSAG (DAPNET) and APRS. Built in 10 hour Li-ion battery. Built in WIFI antenna. Web based quick setup. You can use one digital radio for all modes. I like putting the OpenSpot 3 in my watch pocket and thither the unit to my cell phone and use the FT-1DR HT and talking on DMR, D-Star or Fusion.


Yeasu FT-1DR 144/440 analog/digital (C4FM) HT - Dual Band, Dual Watch, Analog/Digital HT. WOW! Love this radio! Analog/Digital/GPS/APRS/Automatic Mode Selection/4 power settings/Extended Receive/Dual Band Operation/AF dual control, micro-SD backup and so much more! I bought the extra battery, desk charger and the Camera/Speaker/Mic. I can monitor my repeater (analog/digital), while listening to my favorite AM/FM Broadcast radio while working around the house.  Programming software is from RT Systems.


ICOM IC-91AD analog/digital (D-Star) HT - Dual band (144/440). Thanks to Brian (KC8WKA) for selling me the radio and Jeff (N8HEE) for getting and programming this HT! I the OpenSpot 2  mostly for D-Star operation. Check out the D-Star net on reflector 24A Monday night at 8:00 PM Eastern time.


Wouxum KG-UVD1P - 144/440 MHz 5/4.5/.5 Watt FM HT - DTMF Encoding Function - VHF/VHF - UHF/VHF - UHF/UHF - CTCSS/DCS Scan - VOX - Bright Flashlight - Digital FM Radio - Bandwidth Selection - Priority Scan - Scanning Channel - High/Low Power Selection - I use this HT more for a ham/police scanner because the battery last longer then the FT-1DR. Programming software is from RT Systems.


Anytone AT-3318UV-E - Tri-band 144/220/440 MHz FM HT transceiver. 5 watts on 144, 4 watts on 220 and 440 (high power) and 1/2 watt low power. DTMF/DCS encode/decode. Crossband opeation 144/220 - 144/440 - 220/440 MHz.


Remote Hams - Once in a while I place my home station on Remote Hams. Once you register (and send a jpeg copy of your license) with remote hams you will have access to other ham stations around the world for you to listen to and operate. You need to download and install the RCForb client program for windows (Android RCForb app) you will see many hams that have their station online for you to use. Click on the station and see what they have to offer. You will need to request approval if you want to control and transmit their station. At this time I allow listening to HF bands but restrict transmit to 144/440 MHz. I need to upgrade my antenna tuner before allowing HF transmit access. I have copied a video file from YouTube (WA0TDA) that explains more about RCFord android app. "Ham radio with your smartphone! RCForb Android App Explained"