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)
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)
The FT-891 offers 100 watts of HF/50MHz output power with efficient dual internal fans. Coupled with Yaesu's legendary reciever design, triple conversion with a 1st IF frequency of 69.450MHz for outstanding performance.
Equipped with a 3KHz roofing filter as standards the FT-891 real DSP provides effective and optimal QRM rejection.
My primary mobile HF transceiver (1.8MHz - 30MHz)
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 HF transceiver and secondary mobile (1.8MHz - 30MHz)
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)
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)
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.
The IC-F510 mobile transceiver features a ROM flash platform. With a solid die cast aluminium chasis and polycarbonate front facia which is resistant to shock and vibration.
This transceiver is solely used as a VHF Packet BBS unit by interfacing to a AEA Pakratt PK-232MBX interface.
This transceiver is also used for Packet via the International Space Station (RS0ISS).
The Alinco DX-10 is a capable, compact, multimode 10 meter
transceiver. It will operate in LSB, USB, AM, FM or CW modes. Operation is from 28-29.7 MHz. Power output is adjustable (0-25W SSB and 1-12W FM/AM/CW). This radio does not employ a traditional VFO.
Rather, frequencies may be stored in the expansive memory system and then adjusted by the fine tuning.
The meter can display S/RF, SWR or DC voltage. Scanning is supported. The radio features SWR and power supply voltage protection.
Tuning steps may be set to 10 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz or 10 kHz. This radio requires 13.8VDC at 6 amps.
With a frequency range of 25.615MHz to 30.105MHz, in 6 channel banks of 60 frequencies this is my secondary 10 metre transceiver.
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)
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)
The Yaesu FT1XD is a dual band handheld with general coverage reception, including AM. The FT1XD offers both digital C4FM/FDMA (system fusion) and analogue modes on VHF and UHF.
The FT1XD also offers APRS data communication via the built-in AX.25 data TNC modem.
My secondary VHF and UHF handheld transceiver and primary Yaesu Fusion unit
(144MHz – 146MHz, 432MHz – 440MHz)
The VX5R is a tri-band handheld offering 50MHz, 145MHz and 434MHz along with wideband recieve on FM and AM, including shortwave broadcast.
Housed in a cast aluminium case the VX5r is a rugged, compact transciever.
My secondary VHF and UHF handheld transceiver and primary handheld for 50MHz
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.
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.
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.
Arrow II VHF/UHF portable satellite antenna
Weighing about 20 ounces and measuring 37 ½ inches (94 cm) long the Arrow II is a compact solution for working amateur satellites. Made from ¾ inch square aluminium the boom is designed to split for easy transportation.
Both VHF and UHF driver elements are fed from the gamma match, via BNC connectors into a duplexer for single radio/split mode operation.
While no performance figures are given for the Arrow II, typically a 3 element VHF beam will give 5dB gain on 145MHz and a 7 element UHF beam will give 7dB gain on 434MHz.
While mobile I operate with the following choice of antennas:
• TYPE:1/4λ(29/50MHz),1/2λ( Non-radial (144MHz), 5/8λ×2Non-radial (430MHz)
• GAIN：2.15dBi(144MHz), 5.5dBi(430MHz)
• MAX.POWER INPUT：80Ｗ F3E(29/50MHz), 120Ｗ F3E(144/430MHz)
• OVER LENGTH：1190mm
• MAX.POWER INPUT：120Ｗ J3E(3.5MHz)
• OVER LENGTH：2110mm
• TYPE:1/4λ (7MHz)
• MAX.POWER INPUT：200Ｗ J3E(7MHz)
• OVER LENGTH：1870mm
• TYPE:1/4λ (14MHz)
• MAX.POWER INPUT：250Ｗ J3E(14MHz)
• OVER LENGTH：1515mm
• TYPE:1/4λ (21MHz)
• MAX.POWER INPUT：250Ｗ J3E(21MHz)
• OVER LENGTH：1515mm
WSPRlite is a self contained propagation beacon transmitter. Once configuted using the windows application WSPRlite sends frequent low power reports to other WSPR stations around the world. Running from a USB power supply WSPRlite transmits up to 200mW on 160-80-40-30-20 metres.
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.
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.
The DigiMaster Pro 3 digital data interface works with all data modes. AFSK and FSK are also supported. With a built in CAT interface it supports HRD, Logger32 and most CAT software. For those who want to send CW via software the Pro 3 features CW interface with WinKey emukation. The Pro 3 has a professional quality codec/soundcard IC and professional quality isolating transformers.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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) and Nayif-1 (EO-88) Amateur Satellites. I use the Funcube and Nayif-1 dashboards to download live telemetry data from the satellites 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.
Download this software package and connect your PC to your 144MHz SSB receiver. As the Funcube and Nayif-1 Satellites pass overhead you can download live satelitte telemetry.
A short video clip of a FunCube satellite pass across my home. The equipment used is listed on this page.
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.
PstRotator supports separate antenna rotator controllers for Azimuth and Elevation control. It can control two separate rotor interfaces: one for azimuth and the second for elevation, or it can control a single azimuth + elevation rotor interface. It is compatible with several different interfaces and rotators including those using Yaesu GS-232 format.
Connect the rotator interfaces to PC using the RS232 ports or USB to serial converters, and select the communication ports from the available COM Ports.
This is an excellent piece of software for the amateur satellite communication enthusiast.
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.
Lat : 52,52 N
Long : 1,08 E
Altitude : 175 ft/53 mtr ASL
IARU Locator : JOØ2mg
ITU Zone : 27 (Region 1)
CQ Zone : 14
IOTA : EU005
WAB Square : TM16
WAB Book : 11912
Rateable district : Mid-Suffolk
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A1 Club: 3606
Essex CW: 509
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