K7HAL ~ My Base Station

My humble base station consists of two barefoot Icom IC-706MKIIG all band transceivers, a forty year old Kenwood TS-520S hybrid transceiver, a SignaLink USB, and an MFJ-969 antenna tuner.  My only HF antenna is a homebrewed trapped attic dipole, tuned to 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters.  The photos are of my 6, 10 and 20 meter homebrewed traps.  All of my trap inductors are constructed from 12 gauge copper wire, except for my 6 meter traps where I utilized 1/4" copper tubing.  (Click on the photos for enlargements in separate windows.)  My station is on the second floor of my apartment, in the near field of my antenna; you should see the number of ferrite beads I have attached to every component of my rig and computer, to get it all to work properly... HI HI!!!  (The ferrite beads are Fair-Rite Mfg# 0431164181, ordered from www.mouser.com.)  I work HF on one Icom and use the second to monitor the quality of my digital transmissions and to ragchew on my favorite 2 meter repeaters.  I use a copper pipe J-pole antenna for 2 meter and 70 cm, which was made by KB9VBR.

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