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About ham radio station ZL4KF

 

In the shack (part of the Webfactor office) the ham radio equipment consists of a Yaesu FT2000D (new in August 2009) along with the matching DMU and matching FT2000 speaker, a Heil Pro-Set Plus headset and an elderly Heathkit SB220 linear amplifier. There is also an Ameritron Watt Meter and an MFJ 989D antenna tuner. Normally I use the Heil HM10 boom mic switched to the HC5 cartridge.

The computer running two lower monitors is an elderly Compaq running on Windows 7. The top monitor is the display for the FT2000D DMU. I mainly use Ham Radio Deluxe software and a number of other programs, for instance HamCap, VOACap Online for example.

The present antenna is a vertical about 21 feet in length, mounted on a fence and using the corrugated iron as the ground.  It is fed with a random length of RG8U into the shack. Each end of the coax is fitted with a choke balun and the whole thing tuned with the Ameritron tuner. It works but certainly it’s not optimum and it is quite noisy on receive. Hopefully we can improve on this before too long!