1992 I took the Basic Amateur Radio Operating Test and passed. I had become a
licensed Amateur Radio Operator and choose the call sign VE3
I know hold the call sign VE3PP, which I use for all of my operating. I also hold my late father's call sign of VE3LDB.
operating on the VHF 2 Meter Band for a couple of years I passed my first Morse
Code endorsement of 5 Words Per Minute. This allowed me to operate on the HF or
High Frequency Bands. I was granted operating privileges on 80 and 160 meters.
Due to the length of antenna required to operate on 160 Meters I was not able
to use that band. However I had room for an antenna for 80 Meters and soon I
was on the air talking all over the
December of 1995 I had upgraded my code requirements to 12 WPM and I was then
granted full operating privileges on all the HF Bands. Now I could easily work
My current station consists of a Yaesu FTdx-1200 with a Heil GM-5 mic, Ameritron AL-80A amplifier, Palstar AT1500 antenna tuner and Autek WM1 SWR/Power meter.
Below are some photos of my radio equipment.
Yaesu FTdx-1200 160-6 Meter HF Radio with a HEil GM-5 boom mic.
Yaesu SP-2000 speaker
Ameritron AL-80A Amplifier
Autek WM 1 SWR/POWER Meter
DM-330MV Switching Power Supply
Kenwood TS-590S which is used for digital modes.
My recently rebuilt Drake C Line Twins are shown here. The power supply has been rebuilt, the T-X4C and R-4C have been tuned up and aligned. 45 years young and still operates well and it is fun to operate!
I also have a Drake B Line station which is currently not in use.
Below are my Kenwood TS-830S and Drake TR-4
I have added a SDR Play RSP1A to my operating system. I have it connected to my Yaesu FTdx-1200 . The radio feeds the
IF into the SDR Play and from there into my computer. I use a program called SDR Console and operate it as a Pan Adapter.
This enables me to see signals up and down the band that I have the radio set to. With the click of the mouse on a waterfall trace
my radio changes
frequency. This allows me to quickly check other QSO's up and down the band.
I can also run the software as a stand alone receiver so I am able to listen to two QSO's at a time if I want to.
Ham radio has come a long way from the day I got my license back in 1992.
This is what I see on my dual monitor set up with the radio software.
On the left is the SDR Console software. On the right hand monitor I have Ham Radio Deluxe running, which contains my logging
software and digital modes software. I can also control some of the functions on my radio by using the mouse on the radio pane.
Below is a photo of a Hy-Gain TH2-MK3 that I installed
The cross arm on the tower holds a 80 meter and 40 meter dipole.
A Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 6 meters. That support arm supports a 30/17 Meter Fan dipole.