My station: June 2017

I did a major rearrangement of my amateur radio station in June 2017.  I retired an old ICOM IC-719 rig along with its power supply and antenna tuner and replaced the ICOM with a Yaesu FT-857.  The 857 had been in my truck for several years and had no power output on HF.  I returned it to Yaesu for repair; when it returned, I retired the ICOM and put the 857 in the station.

Here are photos of my station as of June 2017.


Here is a close look at the bottom shelf, which is the main operating position.

bottom shelf

Left to right:

  • S&S Engineering ARK-4 40-meter CW transceiver, 5 watts.  On top of the ARK-4 is a Yaesu FTDM-100 VHF/UHF FM transceiver.
  • Yaesu FT-857; 100 watts; 160  Meters- 432 Mhz all mode transceiver
  • The white and blue object is an American Morse paddle that operates the ARK-4 keyer.
  • Hidden in the shadows are a J-38 straight key and an old Vibroplex Lightning Bug.  These keys can be connected to either the FT-857 or the FT-817 on the top shelf.

Here’s a close look at the top shelf.

top shelf

Left to right:

  • Diamond SWR meter on top of
  • LDG X-100 antenna tuner for the FT-857 on top of
  • Yaesu FT-7900 VHF/UHF FM transceiver
  • Stack of Winkeyer USB keyer; two SignaLink USB sound card controllers. (Gone — as of June 22, I sold all these on eBay; I did not use them.)
  • Two watches, one set to ZULU, one set to local time, on top of
  • Elecraft K1 QRP CW transceiver, operates on 40 and 20 meters.
  • Oak Hills Research fwd/reflected power meter connected to the Yaesu FT-817, on top of
  • LDG Z-100 tuner for the FT-817, on top of
  • Yaesu FT-817 all-mode, all-band QRP transceiver.
  • Behind the WinKeyer is a 12Ah battery charged by a solar panel.  The battery powers the Elecraft K1 and the Yaesu FT-817.
  • On the white panel is the charge controller for the battery and two meters, one showing voltage and current coming from the solar panel, the other showing the same information for the battery.

Antenna switches

ant switches

Top center of the photo is the switch that switches between (1) Off-center feed dipole; (2) 15-meter dipole; (3) dummy load.

In the bottom center of the photo is another antenna switch that switches the antennas between rigs — FT-857, FT-817, Elecraft K1, and ARK-4

Changes coming

I plan to sell the SignaLink USB audio card devices and the WinKeyer on eBay.  I don’t use these pieces of equipment.  UPDATE:  Sold as of June 22.

The SignaLink USB devices are used for various digital modes, none of which I operate.  The WinKeyer has memories and is controlled by my laptop computer.  I don’t use any of the keyer’s capabilities — I use a straight key or the built-in keyer of the FT-857, FT-817 or ARK-4.