Sunday, September 13, 2009

VK6IA Shack Update

Well it has been many months since I updated the VK6IA blog, therefore, I have had the Canon 350D out tonight to take some pictures of how the shack looks today!
You can see the custom shelf/console I had custom made from an office furniture place here in Perth. Of course, the IC7700 takes centre stage and is at just the right height for operating and looking at that awesome display!
The Kenwood TS530S is newly aquired. It had a HT fault in the PA that was easily rectified. Its a nice classic radio with that famous Kenwood Transmit audio!

The Linear is still the old Kenwood TL922 with a couple of 3-500ZG graphite tubes installed and a few mods to keep it running happily. Capable of 1kw it stays cool and calm with our rated 400w pep out and only 25 watts of drive.

The RF out is measured by one of Larrys (N8LP) LP-100A digital vector power meters. You know EXACTLY what is happening all the time with this meter. Accuracy was dead on compared to a calibrated Bird 4421 power meter at my Work QTH.

The IC-7700 is still in use every day. Its a Beautiful radio! You can see the LP-100A power meter and SteppIR controller sitting on the top of the radio.

Above is my newest toy! Its a QS1R SDR Reciever from Phil Covington N8VB.
It is a direct sampling SDR Receiver that covers 15khz to 60Mhz. This thing is the hottest SDR that money can buy at this stage. The performance seems very very good and compares to the IC7700 on weak CW signals! Have a look at
If you want to use my QS1R over the internet to tune around and lsiten to the bands in Perth, Australia. Drop me an email and I will gave you the details of how to log in.

The Rotator Controller for the SteppIR is the Green Heron. Point and shoot and USB computer control with ANY rotator at all. It makes turning any antenna a very easy job indeed. It has ramp up and down and network control as standard.
See for details.

I hope to see you in my log! 73 Andrew VK6IA


Unknown said...

Wow, you have an absolutely amazing shack!

Very nice to see such a nice station here in Perth.

I'm sure that SteppIR, 7700 and amp would get you heard!

Hope to hear you on the air sometime!

I'm a new ham myself, and have only ever made one contact ever :) From Kingsley to Carnarvon with 10 watts on 40. I was very happy!

I'm only interested in HF, I should be mounting my dipole higher soon, and getting some new toys which hopefully makes me less deaf!


Unknown said...

I heard today on 10 m band but a lot of stations was calling you.
My working conditions is only a windom dipole and yaesu FT-857.
I hope to contact you on 20 m or 10 m.

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