GØFEA - QRV on HF, VHF, UHF, FM, SSC, CW, Data, Digital D-Star, DMR, APRS, PSK, RTTY
GØFEA - QRV on HF, VHF, UHF, FM, SSC, CW, Data, Digital D-Star, DMR, APRS, PSK, RTTY

Operating - Station Details

YAESU FT1000MP Mark V 

The FT-1000MP Mark V is an elite-class HF transceiver providing exceptional performance both on transmit and receive. The MARK-V FT-1000MP is designed for the most competitive operating situations, whether you primarily operate in contest, DX, or digital-mode environments. Built on the foundation of the popular FT-1000MP transceiver, the MARK-V FT-1000MP provides up to 200 Watts of power output on SSB, CW, and FM (50 Watts AM carrier). Additionally, a Yaesu-exclusive “Class-A” SSB operating mode provides ultra-linear signal output, at a power output level of up to 75 Watts.

 

My primary HF transceiver (1.8MHz - 30MHz)

Yaesu FT1000MP MkV operators manual
Direct from Yaesu, the complete operators manual for the FT1000MP MkV
Operators Manual FT1000MP MkV.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.3 MB]

YAESU FT847 Earth Station

A full-power transceiver covering HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz bands in a package about 2/3 the size of an average briefcase. Ready for action on SSB, CW, AM, FM, and digital modes, the FT-847's ultra-compact size makes it ideal for serious base stations use, and well as a variety of portable and mobile applications, including Field Day, DX-peditions, VHF/UHF "Rove" operation, and RV installations. And long-term reliability is ensured by the rugged construction, featuring an aluminum diecast chassis which doubles as the power amplifiers’ heat sink.

 

The FT-847 includes crossband full duplex operating, so you can hear your downlink signal while transmitting (on a different band) on the uplink. The FT-847 is ready for operating on Mode A (TX: 145 MHz, RX: 29 MHz), Mode B (TX: 435 MHz, RX: 145 MHz), Mode J (TX: 145 MHz, RX: 435 MHz), or Mode T (TX: 21 MHz, RX: 145 MHz).

 

My Primary VHF and UHF transceiver and secondary HF transceiver

(1.8MHz - 30MHz, 50MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz - 146MHz, 432MHZ - 440MHz)

Yaesu FT847 Earth Station operators manual
Direct from Yaesu, the complete operators manual for the FT847
Operators Manual FT847 Earth Station.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.7 MB]

YAESU FT817ND 

The FT-817ND was the world’s first HF/VHF/UHF self-contained battery-powered Multi-mode Portable Transceiver. With a 1400 mAh NiMH rechargeable battery pack the FT-817ND is a favourite with those taking to the hills or working portable.

 

Despite its incredibly small size (5.3" x 1.5" x 6.5"), the FT-817 delivers big performance! Its next-generation PA puts out five watts on all HF bands, plus the 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz bands, on all popular operating modes: USB/LSB/CW/AM/FM/Packet/PSK-31/RTTY.

 

The FT-817ND has extended frequency coverage, which includes reception on 100 kHz - 56 MHz, 76 - 108 MHz (W-FM only), 108 - 154 MHz, and 420 - 470 MHz.

 

My primary portable and mobile HF transceiver (1.8MHz - 30MHz)

Yaesu FT-817 Operators Manual
Direct from Yaesu, the complete operators manual for the FT817ND
FT-817ND Operating Manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.0 MB]

ICOM IC2820

The IC-2820H receives 118-549.995 and 810- 999.990MHz with dualwatch receiver capability that allows you to receive two bands simultaneously (including within a single band). Almost all VHF& UHF communications are available to you!

 

A MOSFET power amplifier provides a powerful 50W on both the 2m and 70cm bands, making this compact rig's signal travel for miles! Output power is selectable in 3 steps.

 

My Primary VHF and UHF mobile transceiver and primary D-Star unit

(144MHz - 146MHz, 432MHz - 440MHz)

Icom IC2820 operators manual
Direct from Icom, the complete operators manual for the IC2820
Operators Manual IC2820.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.2 MB]

HYTERA MD785

 

The MD785 is strictly compliant with MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F and IP54 standards, ensuring outstanding performance even under harsh environments.

 

With the combined application of narrowband codec and digital error-correction technologies, MD785 is capable of ensuring you superior voice under noisy environments or at the edge of the coverage area.

 

Besides the intrinsic encryption of the digital technology, MD785 provides enhanced encryption capability (such as 256-bit encryption algorithm) and the Scrambler feature (selectable).

 

My secondary UHF mobile transceiver and primary DMR unit

(432MHz - 440MHz)

Hytera MD785 operators manual
Direct from Hytera, the complete operators manual for the MD785
Operators Manual MD785.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.6 MB]

ICOM IC-F5012

The IC-F5012 mobile transceiver series is the successor to Icom’s best selling IC-F110S series and is designed as a simplified counterpart to Icom’s IC-F5022 series. The IC-F5012 series has 4 programmable buttons. 8 memory channels can be easily selected with the programmable buttons. Backlit buttons make night time operation simple.

 

This transceiver is solely used as a VHF APRS unit by interfacing to the Tiny Trak 4.

(144.800MHz)

IC-F5012 Operators Manual
Direct from Icom. the complete operators manual for the IC-5012
IC-F5012 Operators Manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

ICOM ID51E

Evolving from Icom's popular ID-31E D-STAR portable, the ID-51E Dual Band D-STAR handportable possesses features including dualwatch, 500 extra memory channels (for a total of 1,752 channels), automatic position reply (DV), repeater search functions and AM/FM Receivers.

 

The ID-51E has a compact 58×105.4×26.4 mm body, and weighs only 255g (approx.) with battery pack and antenna. In this slim body, the ID-51E contains 5W output power, VHF/UHF dual band, D-STAR and integrated GPS receiver feature set.

 

My primary VHF and UHF handheld transceiver and secondary D-Star unit

(144MHz – 146MHz, 432MHz – 440MHz) 

Icom ID51E operators manual
Direct from Icom, the complete operators manual for the ID51E
Operators Manual ID51E.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.1 MB]

HYTERA PD785

The Hytera PD785 offers both digital and analogue modes on UHF. Compatible with all DMR radios, including Mototrbo Tier II and other brands.

 

Full-colour display with day/night mode makes reading text messages easier; Up to 1000 channels.

 

SMS allows testing message when discretion is required or need to communicate without interrupting others, Compliant with MIL-STD -810 C/D/E/F and IP67 standards.

 

My secondary UHF handheld transceiver and secondary DMR unit

(432MHz – 440MHz) 

HYTERA PD785 Operators Manual
Direct from Hytera, the complete operators manual for the PD785
Hytera PD785 User Manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.8 MB]

UNIDEN BEARCAT UBC3500XLT 


The Uniden Bearcat UBC3500XLT is a Europe marketed scanner from Uniden similar to the BR330T USA version. With 2500 memory channels this scanner operates on frequencies from 25MHz to 1300MHz (with gaps).

 

This scanner features close call, a Uniden specific feature that instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters. Close Call can operate by itself or in the background scanning and/or searching. The feature is designed to catch signals that are "Close" (hence, the name). While you might not get a hit often, it should be the case that any hit you do get is from a relatively nearby transmitter, so could be of enhanced interest to you.

 

For the Close Call feature to detect a signal, that signal must be about 15-18dB stronger than the RF noise floor in the band being checked. This means that there is no real way to predict the range within which signals will be caught.

 

This is my primary AM & FM scanner/station monitor.

Uniden Bearcat UBC3500XLT Owners Manual
Direct from Uniden the UBC3500XLT owners manual
Bearcat UBC3500XLT Owner Manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [794.4 KB]

Hustler 4BTV multiband HF vertical

My home HF station runs with a variety of HF antennas including the Hustler 4BTV. With 4 Bands - Coverage 40-10m - Bandwidth Full - SWR 1.15:1 - Power 1kW - Traps 25.4mm formers - Tubing 31.75mm - Bracket size 44.45mm - Height 6.52m - Weight 6.8kg -Radials provided by user, can be ground mounted.

 

Exclusive trap design makes Hustler traps ultra stable and dependable. With Hustler verticals, you can not only adjust frequency by tubing length, you can actually tune the traps for up to 2MHz shift. Large diameter tubing gives full bandwidth on 10m - 40m with VSWR typically better than 1.6:1 at band edges. On 80m you will achieve around 80kHz bandwidth. Absence of tapered tubing makes this antenna really rigid and the 0.315in base tube wall adds to the rigidity. Longer than comparable verticals, these antennas are really efficient. As Hustler says, these antennas offer solid signals, solid construction and solid value.

BTV Installation guide
Complete guide to installing the Hustler 4BTV, 5BTV and 6BTV
BTV Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]

MALDOL HF/VHF/UHF ANTENNAS

While mobile I operate with the following choice of antennas:

 

Maldol HMC-4

•  TYPE:1/4λ(29/50MHz),1/2λ( Non-radial (144MHz), 5/8λ×2Non-radial (430MHz)

•  GAIN2.15dBi(144MHz), 5.5dBi(430MHz)

•  MAX.POWER INPUT80 F3E(29/50MHz), 120 F3E(144/430MHz)

•  OVER LENGTH1190mm

•  WEIGHT390g

 

Maldol HFC-80L 

•  TYPE:1/4λ(3.5MHz)

•  MAX.POWER INPUT120 J3E(3.5MHz)

•  OVER LENGTH2110mm

•  WEIGHT530g

 

Maldol HFC-40L

•  TYPE:1/4λ (7MHz) 

•  MAX.POWER INPUT200 J3E(7MHz)

•  OVER LENGTH1870mm

•  WEIGHT330g

 

Maldol HFC-20L   

•  TYPE:1/4λ (14MHz) 

•  MAX.POWER INPUT250 J3E(14MHz)

•  OVER LENGTH1515mm

•  WEIGHT275g

 

Maldol HFC-15L       

•  TYPE:1/4λ (21MHz) 

•  MAX.POWER INPUT250 J3E(21MHz)

•  OVER LENGTH1515mm

•  WEIGHT250g

HEIL GOLD ELITE MICROPHONE

The Gold Elite microphone is designed and crafted specifically for amateur radio communications. It contains two distinctly different high performance dynamic elements that are available at the flip of a switch to meet the different types of communications.

 

The WIDE position has the HEIL Elite full range element producing smooth articulate 60Hz – 16 kHz audio with the traditional Heil +4 dB peak centred at 2 kHz. This gives the new Gold Elite excellent voice articulation along with its ‘big bottom’ low end that is so important for producing a well balanced, studio quality SSB signal.

 

The NARROW position features the HC-5.1 dynamic element producing a smooth response of 200Hz - 8 kHz. The HC-5.1 element is designed to respond to those older rigs as well as today’s transceivers with onboard DSP EQ. The HC-5.1 produces full range broadcast audio as well as the tailored DX/Contest audio by simply adjusting your EQ. New mic technology to meet today’s new DSP technology.

 

This is my primary microphone for HF and is used with my Yaesu FT1000MP MkV.

Heil Gold Elite Microphone Specification
Direct from Heil the Gold Elite Microphone Specification Data Sheet
GOLD-ELITE.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [26.1 MB]

CW - Morse Keys

I have three CW keys which I operate with.

Ex-British Military Key WT8 Amp No2 Mk111-1

 

I purchased this key at a junk sale and used it to learn Morse with. I keep this key as I used it in my Morse exam back in 1986.

 

 

Kent Brass Straight Key

 

A well balanced and responsive Morse key. Weighted exactly to allow precise sending of each character.

 

 

Kent Brass Twin Paddle

 

For a bit of speed I use the twin paddle keyer. With precision ball race it gives smooth operation.

 

If you wish to buy a Kent key either ready built or as a kit click on one of the pictures.

Kent CW Key Kit Instructions
Kent CW Key Kits.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [119.8 KB]

DigiMaster Data Interface 

The DigiMaster is a high performance, fully isolated entry level USB Digital DATA interface. Fully isolated interface, with professional isolation transformers in both the RX and TX paths to completely eliminate any possibility of ground loops and prevents "hum" on Tx and Rx signals.

 

Completely compatible with all AFSK DATA modes and all AFSK DATA mode software inc psk31, RTTY, SSTV (and dozens of other modes, inc ALL modes supported by HRD's DM780 DATA mode software) including AFSK CW (termed MCW in DM780). 

DigiMaster MiniPro manual
DigiMaster MiniPro.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [703.7 KB]

PIXIE 7MHz QRP CW Transceiver

The PIXIE is a low power QRP CW transceiver kit. Constructed the PIXIE transmits on 7.023MHz with an output of 0.8 Watts at 9 Volt / 1.2 Watts at 12 Volts. 

 

For those holders of the UK Foundation licence this is an ideal, cheap project to use as part of your Intermediate course.

DVmega Dual Band D-Star Hotspot

The DVmega Raspberry PI radio shield is a modem that fits directly onto the Raspberry PI GPIO connector.

 

The combination of a Raspberry PI and the  DVmega RPI radio shield makes a complete stand-alone D-Star compatible hotspot with an output power of 10mW.

 

The DVmega RPI radio shield is loaded with G4KLX firmware and connects to the D-Star network via either Ethernet or Wi-Fi internet connection.

 

Operating on VHF or UHF depending on software setting.

Setting up your DVMega
A useful guide to setting up your DVmega written by G7IMB
Setting up your DVmega.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

DVmega BlueDV Dual Band DMR/D-Star & Yaesu Fusion Hotspot

The DVmega BlueDV consists of two radio shield linked together to form a multimode modem.

 

This stand-alone hotspot enables access to the DMR, D-Star and Yaesu Fusion networks utilising Windows or Android software.

 

Operating on VHF or UHF depending on software setting.

Setting up your DVMega BlueDV (BlueSpot)
A useful guide to setting up your DVmega BlueDV
DVMEGA BlueSpot manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [344.3 KB]

Bionics Tiny Trak 4 APRS

Using software DSP, the TinyTrak4 can not only decode 1200 baud packet, but also 9600 baud (9600 encode in development).

 

The TinyTrak4 can act as a smart APRS digipeater supporting WIDEn-N, callsign substitution, and dupe checking.

 

TinyTrak4 can read temperature, battery voltage, and other analog and digital sources.

Tiny Trak 4 Quick Start Guide
A guide to setting up and using the Tiny Trak 4
TinyTrak4 Quick Start Guide v0.5.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [116.8 KB]

Funcube Dongle Pro Plus

This is a software defined radio receiver which has a range from 150kHz to 240MHz and 420MHz to 1.9GHz. I use this for testing and monitoring the Funcube (AO-73) Amateur Satellite. I use the Funcube dashboard to download live telemetry data from the satellite on each pass. This is then uploaded to the data warehouse for use by schools and students as part of their science and maths work.

Funcube Dongle Pro Plus manual
Funcube Dongle Pro Plus owners and operators manual
FCD2ManualV4.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

Funcube Dashboard

Download this software package and connect your PC to your 144MHz SSB receiver. As the Funcube Satellite passes overhead you can download live satelitte telemetry. 

Orbitron Software

Orbitron is a satellite tracking system for radio amateur and observing purposes. It's also used by weather professionals, satellite communication users, astronomers, UFO hobbyist and even astrologers. Application shows the positions of satellites at any given moment (in real or simulated time).

 

It's FREE (Cardware) and it's probably one of the easiest and most powerful satellite trackers, according to opinions of thousands of users from all over the world.

 

I use Orbitron at my own station and it is also used daily at the National Radio Centre GB3RS at Bletchley Park.

A short video clip of a FunCube satellite pass across my home. The equipment used is listed above

HAM DASHBOARD - iPhone App

Ham Dashboard is designed to be useful to Radio Amateurs whilst on the move or away from home. Ham Dashboard also includes basic a basic APRS-IS tracker, which can send position reports whenever the application is running in the foreground. Once the location is sent it can be viewed on www.aprs.fi/

Live ADS-B and Mode S Flight Tracking

I collect live aircraft transponder data using a Raspberry Pi with a Software  Defined Radio (SDR) dongle  attached.  A collinear antenna feeds  the received signals  to the SDR  which  are then  processed  by  the Pi.  Receivers  around  the  world  send  this data  over  a  real-time  connection  to  FlightAware,  which  aggregates  the  data and provides flight tracking data and interfaces. 

Aircraft with an ADS-B transponder broadcast their identification and this three dimensional position (latitude, longitude, altitude) on 1090MHz or 978MHz, which can be received by a radio within line of sight of the aircraft (a maximum of 300mi / 480km at cruise). Approximately 70% of airliners around the world and 10% of private jets currently have ADS-B, whereas nearly 100% have Mode S.

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