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Last Update: 11/19/2018 - My Email: bill@k8veb.com


This is my operating position! (Left to Right)

Toshiba Satellite 2 in 1 Laptop! I3 processor, 8Gb Memory and a 500Gb 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 supply a small signal and press a button! 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 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/222-to-28-MHz-ASSEMBLED-TRANSVERTER-1-25meters-222mhz-220-VHF-UHF-Ham-Radio/222109347189?epid=852943499&hash=item33b6bfad75:g:FpwAAOSwShJXLa3Q:rk:7:pf:0) 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 repeaters.

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 3 HDMI ports, 1 RGB port and a port for the TV antenna. On one of the HDMI ports I have a Rockfish 4 port HDMI adaptor. This gives me 6 HDMI ports!

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. My son and I use the OpenSpot as a repeater linking system.

Key features:
Supports DMR (Brandmeister, DMRplus), D-Star (DCS, REF/DPlus, XRF/DExtra, XLX), System Fusion (FCS, YSFReflector) networks. More supported networks and features will be available with new firmware releases.
Supports cross modem modes. Talk with your C4FM radio on DMR, and with your DMR radio on System Fusion networks!
Very easy to use, works without a computer. No additional hardware required, works out of the box. All accessories included.
Web interface for configuration and monitoring.
HTTP, UDP/TCP API support.
Custom 2FSK/4FSK RF protocol support with TDMA.
USB powered, low energy consumption, 20mW RF output.
Create your own private radio network using our open source server application.
Runs fully embedded software written in pure C, running on an embedded real time operating system. No Linux, bulky Windows software or failing SD cards!

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. The OpenSpot 2 is powered by the USB port on the modem and is connected to the internet via WIFI.

Key features:
Supports DMR (Brandmeister, DMRplus), D-Star (DCS, REF/DPlus, XRF/DExtra, XLX), System Fusion (FCS, YSFReflector) networks. More supported networks and features will be available with new firmware releases.
Supports cross modem modes. Talk with your C4FM radio on DMR, and with your DMR radio on System Fusion networks!
Web-based easy and fast Quick Setup
No additional hardware required, works out of the box without a computer
All accessories included you need to have the openSPOT2 up and running (USB-C cable, 120V/230V USB power supply)
Built-in Wi-Fi and radio antenna
Designed for 24/7 continuous use even in your vehicle with extreme fast bootup and USB power supply tolerance
User manual available online
2 year warranty with official support in email / community forum
Web interface for configuration and monitoring
Create your own private radio network using our open source server application

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 for me!

Wouxum KG-UVD1P - 144/440 MHz 5/4 Watt 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.