THE W8GMD SHACK & EQUIPMENT 
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As I have stated elsewhere, I became a Ham Radio Operator in the 70's with homebrewed equipment which has long since vanished.  I now have a collection of older and new rigs and other devices.  My biggest obstacle is an antenna.  Living in a condo, I cannot put up any structure outside on "common" grounds. or attach anything to the structure itself.   I like to work the lower bands and it's become a challenge to construct an inside antenna that works.  Currently I'm using a 300 ohm twinlead line fed in the middle with 450 ohm ladder line and tied together on each end  with a three foot wire going toward the floor.  The antenna is on the second floor of the Condo and is fed with a MFJ-969 tuner.  It is constructed to 1/2 wave on the lower end of 40 meters.  I have been able to make contacts on 80, 40, 30, 17 and 15 with this antenna.  For 20 meters I have used both a home built loop, pictured on this site, and another MFJ product that was designed to go in the windowsill. 


I have a small collections of Heathkit rigs which I'm rebuilding or modifying.  Among them is a HW-101 and SB-200 transciever and linear amp.  I combine those with two QRP rigs, HW-7 and HW-8 a HR-1680 reciever  a Heathkit HD-1410 Keyer, a Vibroplex key, #99285 and a Japanese version of the J37 straight key which I've referbished which completes my collections of older rigs and devices. 

For my newer equipment I have two iCom transcievers, a IC-7300, an IC-7100 and an IC-2300H.   My HT's are a Baofeng UV5Rx3 and a TYT-2017 DMR HT.  My mobil rig is a TYT-9600 also DMR capable which is currently in ths "shop" since December 2017 and still not back as of April 23, 2018. 


Updated 180423
 
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