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July 03, 2013
I'm finally getting back on the air after about five years. I've sold all of my older HF transceivers and purchased a new Ten Tec OMNI VII.
The log periodic antenna has been down for several years because the rotator failed. The rotator has been repaired and I recently put it back in the tower.
Here are some photos of current and past ham stations:
This is the station as of July 2013.Click to see a larger photo.
From left to right, on the table top:
- Ten Tec power supply for running small 12v stuff, and Astron SS30M for running the transceiver.
- Indoor-Outdoor thermometer on top of power supplies.
- Rigrunner 4012 connected to Ten Tec power supply, and used for powering all the small gadgets.
- MSC Smart Keyer III, from N4YG, which I have had since about 1990, and Kent dual paddles.
- Kent straight key
- LDG AT1000 Pro II auto tuner
- Ten Tec external speaker and OMNI VII transceiver.
- Ham IV rotator controller, with the Ten Tec RX-320 receiver and external speaker sitting on top.
- Remote tuning pod for the OMNI VII, in front of the rotator controller.
- Heil Gold Line microphone attached to a Heil boom. The boom doesn't really block the computer display, it's just the angle the photograph was taken that makes it look that way.
- two computer monitors.
- stereo computer speakers.
- bluetooth speakers for playing music through my Android tablet or Android phone.
- Heathkit digital clock which i assembled around 1984 or 1985.
- Signalink USB digital mode interface connected to accessory jack on rear panel of radio
Here are the links to the manufacturers' web sites for some of the equipment I use:
Ten Tec OMNI VII
LDG AT1000 Pro II Automatic Antenna Tuner
Model 302R remote encoder keypad for the OMNI VII
Model 307B external speaker for the OMNI VII
Ten Tec RX-320 general converage shortwave receiver
SignaLink USB interface for digital modes
Kent dual paddles
MSC Smart Keyer III - no longer available
Ham IV antenna rotator
My antenna is a Tennadyne T6 log periodic, 6 elements on a 12-foot boom.
Past Stations, in no particular order
Ten Tec OMNI VI station with Model 253 automatic antenna tuner, Model 705 microphone, and Model 301 remote tuning encoder. A Ten Tec Scout is sitting on the middle shelf and an Argosy is on the top shelf.
Ten Tec OMNI VI station with Ameritron AL-811H amplifier and Ten Tec Model 238A antenna tuner.
Ten Tec Jupiter station with Ameritron AL-811H amplifier and LDG AT-1000 automatic antenna tuner.
Ten Tec Orion and Ten Tec Jupiter station with Ten Tec Model 238A antenna tuner.
Icom IC-756 Pro II station with Ameritron AL-811H amplifier and LDG AT-1000 automatic antenna tuner. A Yaesu FT-897 is sitting on the shelf above the Icom.
Instead of putting a lot of photos on the web page I've been putting them on Picasa. I add to it from time to time, so here's the link:
Photos on Picasa
Sony SLT Alpha 77
I've been looking for a couple of years for a newer digital SLR, but couldn't find anything I liked as well as the Maxxum 7D. But this past Christmas I bought a Sony SLT Alpha 77 body and a couple of months ago I got the Sony 16 - 50mm F2.8 G zoom lens.
The nice thing about the 7D is that all adjustments that you might want to make for taking photos are on physical controls on the camera body. But on all later Sony cameras they have reduced the number of external controls and many settings have to be changed using the on-screen menus, which is slower and more time consuming.
For instance, here is a list of things that can be changed by just turning a knob or changing a switch on the 7D body, but to change them on the A77 you have to go into the menu:
- flash exposure compensation
- shutter mode (single, burst, bracketing)
- Exposure mode (spot, center weighted, average)
- Recall custom settings
- Change focus point
- turn steadyshot on or ofrf
- exposure compensation (can be changed with front control wheel, but 7D also has a dedicated knob for this)
So far I've been happy with the A77 despite the lack of physical controls for some functions. But the 24mp sensor really needs the best lenses you can put on the camera to get the best picture quality which is why I got the 16 - 50mm zoom lens to go with the 70 - 200mm F 2.8 G lens I bought a few years ago.
Here are a few photos that I have taken with the camera. These pictures are either resized from the original 24mp photo or were cropped from the original 24mp photo.
Click a photo to see the larger version.