CURRENT SHACK
THE ALLMIGHTY GEARHELL CONTENTS & EVERYTHING SMALLER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
  HF, 6 M RECEIVER : IC 7600
  HF, 6 AND 2 M RECEIVER : IC 7400
  HF MODEM : 2 x µ HAM USB III NO CAT, PTC-II PRO
  HF MODEM : 2 x µ HAM MICROKEYER II + CAT
  WSPR / QRSS / DSSTV RECEIVERS : 2 x ALINCO DX-R8
  137 MHZ RECEIVER :WESACOM APT 06, SB REACON 3D
  6 M : W4OP OA-50 @ 43'
  10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, 160 M : D-303 @ 45'
  15, 20, 30, 40 M : FAN DIPOLE @ 25' / 12'
  LF / MF PA0RDT WHIP @ 29'
  144MHZ : DIAMOND D-303 @ 45'
  137 MHZ : WRAASE KX 137 @ 46'
OLDER SHACKS
1962 MADE IN HOLLAND AND BORN ON JUDGEMENT DAY, HERE COMES "TROUBLE"

1973 AT THE AGE OF 11 I SWAPPED A DIRTBIKE FOR A 5 WATT AM HT, CLIMBED ON THE ROOF
OF OUR HOUSEBOAT AND MADE A FIRST CONTACT WITH SOMEONE LOCATED IN NEW YORK USING 5 WATTS.
HAVE BEEN ON AIR FROM 1973 UNTIL 1981, USING 10 WATTS ON 27 MHZ AND 1 WATT ON 6.6 MHZ

USING A TS530 AND A 4 ELEMENT YAGI ON 27 MHZ AND A 2X20 M DIPOLE FOR 6.665 MHZ
I LIVED IN A BOATHOUSE FROM 1962 UNTIL 1984 WITH LOTS OF SPACE FOR ANTENNAS OVER THE WATER.
AFTER 1981 PROPAGATION GOT WORSE AND WENT SWL ONLY

1975 RECEIVED RTTY FOR THE 1ST TIME, USING A TONO THETA 350, A KENWOOD TS-530S FOR RX
AND A 2x40 METER DIPOLE, FIRST RTTY SIGNAL I RECEIVED CAME FROM 5W1EJ IN WEST SAMOA.

1985 RECEIVED SSTV FOR THE 1ST TIME, USING AN "SR-256" AND THE ROBOT 400
RECEIVING 8,16 AND 32 SEC. B/W LINE SEQUENTIAL AND 2 ROBOT COMPOSITE MODES.
THE FIRST STATION I RECEIVED IN 8 SECOND B/W WITH THE SR-256, WAS BERT, W5ZR.

1988 ONE OF MY FIRST AWARDS WERE: WAC 5 BAND SSB AND THE HEARD ALL VK CALL AREAS AWARD

1989 STARTED COLOR SSTV WITH THE WRAASE "SC-1" AND THE AVT SYSTEM FROM A.E.A.
COVERING ALL EXCISTING AND EXPERIMENTAL SSTV MODES AT THAT TIME, WICH WERE OVER 55.
THE FIRST STATION I RECEIVED IN M1 COLOR WAS LIONEL, VK7HL FROM TASMANIA.

1996 RECEIVED THE I.V.C.A -DXAA AWARD "#5-SWL" FOR MY FIRST 50 DXCC COUNTRIES ON SSTV.
IGNORING ALL THE USUAL COMMENTS I RECEIVED, I ALSO STARTED WITH HELLSCHREIBER THIS YEAR.
AND I GOT MARRIED ON THE 4TH OF JULY, BUT DON'T WORRY I'LL NEVER GROW UP.

2007 [25-8] EARLIER THAN EXPECTED I FINISHED THE NEW ALLMIGHTY GEARHELL .....................
PRO'S: SHORTER COAX, LESS INHOUSE AND OUTSIDE NOISE, STABLE TEMPERATURE AND A GHOST!
WITH 217 DXCC CONFIRMED SINCE 1975 I STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN BUT MOSTLY DIGITAL MODES NOW

2011 PREVIOUS DXCC COUNT WAS 215, STARTING 1975 UNTIL 2007, STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN DEC 2007
WITH 262 COUNTRIES OUT OF WAC 5BAND #0008 .. WAC WARC #0009 AND WAC 160M #0002
ALL SINCE 23 DEC 2007, THE SMALL GEAR AND SHORT ANTENNAS SEEM TO WORK FB FOR ME.

I ALSO MANAGED TO COMPLETE WAS #0067 AND WAZ #0023 AT THE DMC.
STILL WORKING ON WAS JT65, RECEIVED MOST OF IT BUT STILL NEED HAWAII TO COMPLETE IT.
THE TABLE BELOW IS UPDATED ONCE A WEEK IF TIME PERMITS, OR IF A THUNDERSTORM FORCES ME.

COUNTING SINCE DECEMBER 2007
QSO'S 44611 UNIQUE CALLS 30182
DOMAINS 282 IOTA 145
COUNTIES 559 WPX 3266
DXCC MIXED 262 DXCC SSB 47
DXCC DIGITAL 258 DXCC 160M 50
DXCC BPSK 222 DXCC 80M 86
DXCC CW 92 DXCC 60M 19
DXCC HELL 34 DXCC 40M 139
DXCC JT9 98 DXCC 30M 165
DXCC JT65 173 DXCC 20M 211
DXCC MEPT_JT 83 DXCC 17M 148
DXCC MFSK 42 DXCC 15M 175
DXCC OPERA 32 DXCC 12M 107
DXCC ROS 74 DXCC 10M 152
DXCC RTTY 185 DXCC 6M 56
Last time i checked my log:

2012 AFTER 22000 PLUS QSO'S IN BPSK MODE AND NOWHERE TO GO I DID SET UP JT65HF BY W6CQZ
AND JT-ALERT BY VK3AMA TO FILL UP MISSING DXCC, STATES AND GRIDS.
*** JT HELPER V2.4.20 JT65HF LOGS DIRECTLY TO MIXW LOG NOW, TNX LAURIE ***

2014 FEBRUARY ORDERED 2 NEW ALINCO DX-R8, THEY COME CHEAP SO WHY NOT BUY 2, ONE SET UP FOR WSPR
OR DSSTV ON 40 METERS AND THE OTHER ONE, UNTIL I GET A THIRD USB-III, IS DOING 144.750 ATV TALKBACK.
ANTENNA SWITCHING BETWEEN THE 2 MAIN RIGS IS DONE NOW WITH THE ELAD ASA-42 ANTENNA SPLITTER
HOW ALL IS CONNECTED CAN BE SEEN IN THIS DIRTY DRAWING

NOVEMBER NEW SETUP, GOT 1 ALINCO DX-R8 SET UP FOR DSSTV OR WSPR,
THE OTHER ONE DOES 10140 KHZ BEACONS FEEDING THE GRABBER.

BOTH THE 7400 AND THE 7600 ARE FEEDING A MICROKEYER II TO TUNE AROUND THE BANDS.
AN UPDATE FOR JTALERT WAS TAYLOR MADE BY LAURIE VK3AMA TO KEEP MIXW 2.19 IN USE FOR LOGGING :-)
MAINLY DOING CAT CONTROLLED / SYNCHED BY GPS JT65 AND JT9 ON ALL BANDS NOW TO CRANK UP SOME DXCC.

DECEMBER CLONED BOTH ALINCO'S TO HAVE IDENTICAL FREQUENCIES BOTH HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL
SO I CAN USE WHATHEVER ALINCO FOR WSPR AND QRSS OR ANY OTHER STATIONARY MODE ;-)
AND I ADDED 20 METERS TO THE FANDIPOLE WICH OPERATES NOW AT 20 AND 40 METERS

2015 FEBRUARY AS I NEEDED MORE CPU POWER I RECYCLED 3 PC'S TO ONE BIGGER SYSTEM.
FOR SURE IT'S AN UGLY SUCKER ...PHOTO'S HERE "FRANKENSTEIN" DOES THE JOBS.
DIFFERENCES ... THE OLD XP SYSTEM [ FIRST PHOTO ] WAS A FANCY 2GHZ AMD AND 2 GB RAM AND SLOW HD DRIVES.

"FRANKENSTEIN" IS A QUAD CORE 3.9 GHZ [SET @ 3.5 GHZ] I-7 3770 WITH 32 GB RAM @ 1600MHZ - 2 SSD DRIVES.
RUNNING JTALERT/JT65HF + JTALERT-X/WSJT-X + 2 INSTANCES OF WSPR-X AT 10% CPU AND 20% RAM USAGE MAX!.

WHILE WAITING FOR THE SSD DRIVES, CPU AND FASTER MEMORY MODULES I ALSO TOOK DOWN THE 2 BAND DIPOLE
FOR 20 AND 40 METERS AND REPLACED IT FOR A 4 BAND FAN DIPOLE FOR 15, 20, 30 AND 40 METERS
THE APEX IS ONLY 25' UP BUT SEEMS TO WORK WELL HERE AT SKIDROW! THINKING OF A 8 BAND VERSION ALLREADY ;-)

MAY DID SYNC TIME WITH D4TIME FOR USE WITH WSJT, WSJT-X, WSPR AND JT65HF BUT WAS ALLWAYS 0.5 SECONDS OFF
SWITCHED TO BKTTIMESYNC BY IZ2BKT KEEPING IT CLOSER BETWEEN -0.001 AND +0.002 SECONDS USING A BU353 USB GPS.

2016 JUNE 2ND OF JUNE I WAS RAMMED OF MY BICYCLE BY SOMEONE HOLDING A MOBILE PHONE IN TRAFFIC
I BROKE MY COLLAR BONE AND MOST OF MY SHOULDER WENT TO CRAP SO I HAVE SOME EXTRA
TIME TO PLAY RADIO AND KEEP UP WITH SOFTWARE FASTER THAN USUAL.


RECEIVED LOCATORS SINCE DEC. 2007
JT MODES BPSK RTTY ALL MODES


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