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I first got my start with radio when I was a kid. I first started playing around with those cheap 49MHz walkie-talkies (you know the ones that worked about 100 ft before you lost contact) and was amazed with radio. I then started playing with CB radios, talking to my friends and motorists.
In 1993 I took and passed my Technicians Class Amateur Radio Exam. VHF/UHF were fun, but I always wanted to get on the HF bands. Then in 2008 I took and passed my General exam. In 2012 I took and passed my Amateur Extra exam.
I love digital modes and also collect receivers and other associated radio goodies and gadgets. I mainly hang out on 20m and 40m HF, but I also always have the 146.760 W9YB repeater tuned in when I’m in the shack.
In 2016 I got into collecting R.L. Drake gear from the past. I really love refurbishing and putting old gear like this back on the air!
Flex Radio Systems Flex 6500 Signature Series
Flex Radio Systems Flex 5000A
Icom IC-910H (I use this radio for VHF/UHF)
Icom IC-7000 (I have this rig setup in a portable box for Field Day or portable ops)
Kenwood TS-830S (full station with AT-230 tuner, SM-220 scope, SP-230 speaker, Ext VFO)
Yaesu FTDx 570 (oldie but a goodie!)
Drake TX-4C, R-4C (Twins)
Drake TR7 transceiver
SPE Expert 1K-FA 1000 watt Solid State Linear Amplifier (160m – 6m)
National HRO Sixty
RF Space SDR-IQ (Software Defined Reciever)
G5RV dipole (up about 40 ft. – This is all I can really have for HF right now)
Comet GP-15 6m/2m/70cm vertical
85 foot random wire for recieving
DX Engineering/Hustler 6BTV vertical. (covers 80m-10m)
I tend to buy things or trade for things then try them out for awhile. I like to discover new things and it’s always fun to get a new gadget.
The equipment in the shack changes frequently, with the exception of some key pieces that I just will never part with.
73! de Nick N9SJA