The M1VPN Shack is based around Yaesu Transceivers, and has been built over the last 18+ years of operation.

Transceiver Equipment and Accessories ;

  • Yaesu FT-2000 - 160m to 6m HF Transceiver. (Home-base Radio)
  • Yaesu FT-847 - 160m to 70cm Transceiver, including 4m. (Home-base Radio)
  • Yaesu FT-857D - 160m to 70cm Transceiver (Portable and Mobile Radio)
  • Yaesu VX-2E - 2m/70cm Transceiver (Hand Portable/APRS)

  • ADALM-Pluto SDR - Remote SDR for Weather Satellites, Telemetry and experiments.

The FT-2000 is the main Phone modes radio, coupled to a Yaesu MD-200A8X microphone with a Yaesu VSPC and a Heil HC-4 DX Dream Machine insert in the spare bay. Additional outboard audio from Behringer Xenyx QX1002USB Mixer and an Audio-Technica BPHS-1 Broadcast Headset.

The FT-847 is the Digital modes HF/VHF and UHF radio, including 70Mhz (4m) supported by a Tigertronics SignaLink-USB, via the data port and AEA PK-232/Pk-900 TNC for AX.25 Packet.

All home base radios are switched through a Palstar AT-2K Tuner, connected to the external HF antennas.



Antennas supporting the home station are :

  • 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, 10m - Hustler 6BTV DX Vertical (fed with DX Engineering VFCC H05 Balun) - See Hustler 6BTV
  • Offset Center Fed Dipole - OCFD home designed and built. (80m - 6m) - See OFCD Dipole
  • Solarcon A99 - WARC Bands and 10m.
  • Watson V-2000 Co-linear 6/2/70cm Vertical
  • 4m Folded Dipole Antenna
  • QFH antennna - NOAA Weather Satellites
  • Motorised DX Satellite Polar Track Dish
  • Unified Microsystems Bevflex-4X - Beverage on Ground

Antennas are fed with SSB Ecoflex 10 Plus Coaxial Cable and terminated in Ecoflex UHF and N-Type Connectors.

Software

I have a mixture of software to support the station operation.

For Logging software I used Ham Radio Deluxe Version 4.1 up until Aug 2021, but on moving to a new PC, could not get the old software installed. I had been looking at Log4OM for a while so moved over to this software. It is more modern and has a lot of similarities to HRD 4, but the integration and control is vast. Getting my old HRD log into shape and ready for Log4OM took a week but it is now all working and I'm happy so far. I can recommend ADIF-Master as excellent software for sorting out your old ADIF files.

For contest work, N1MM+ is used and integrated into Log4OM.

For FTx modes, WSJT-X and GridTracker and integrated into Log4OM.

SDR - SDR Console for both ADALM Pluto and FT-847 via OmniRig for ISS SSTV tracking

Antenna Modelling - MMANA GAL

 

Other Equipment

Array Solutions AIM 4170C VIA Antenna Analyser

Llaves Telegraphicas Artesanas Straight Morse Key - Information

Custom CAT Serial Switch

RigRunner 4010 PSU Strip - Saved my equipment after my PSU went over-voltage. This is a must now. 

 

Locator Information

Current Home QTH (2012 - date )

  • Lat/Long : 50.48.53 N, 3.11.44 W
  • IARU : IO80jt
  • CQ Zone : 14
  • ITU Zone : 27
  • WAB Square : ST10
  • DXCC : 135

Previous Home QTH (2003 - 2011) - 50 44.930 N, 3 16.990 W - IARU IO80IR


Portable / SOTA Operations

The FT-857D is the main portable workhorse, and is used both portable when operating in SOTA and Backpackers, and as a mobile station coupled to a Yaesu ATAS-120A motorised antenna. This combination when configured correctly is excellent with the first contact after install being Brazil on 20m.

The following antenna's are used for portable operation;

  • 2m - Tonna 9-ele Portable Yagi Array
  • 2m - SOTA Beam 3-ele Portable
  • 6m - Moonraker 3-ele Yagi Array (modified for portable operation)
  • 4m - As 6m, but modified elements  and spacings.
  • 20m - Home-made SOTA Dipole (Pre-cut Inverted V configuration)
  • 20m - 40m - Home-made Doublet (Ladder-fed Inverted V configuration, tuned with SGC-211 Autotuner)
  • Yaesu ATAS-120A - mobile HF Screwdriver Antenna

Portable connectivity is via SSB Comms Aircell 7 or RG58U.

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