VA6DX is the call sign of my amateur radio station (ham radio). I've been licensed as an ham operator since 1993 and the hobby has become a very large part of my life. There really is no hobby like it.

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Station Tour

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VHF/UHF Station

Rigs in the shack


Icom IC-756 for 6 meters 5 element 6 meter yagi
Icom IC-910H 144-432-1296 MHz all-mode 13 element 2 meter yagi (for FM)
Icom IC-271A 144 MHz all-mode 4 X 9 element 2 meter yagi (SSB/CW)
Icom IC-475A 432 MHz all-mode 2 X 22 element cross yagi (oscar & AU)
Microwave Modules 1296 transverter 2 X Jaybeam MBM-88 70 cm (SSB/CW)
Yaesu FT-8000 2M/70cm FM 2 X 11 element 70 cm yagi

Yaesu FT-8500 2M/70cm FM

long boom 70 cm yagi (SSB/CW/ATV)

Yaesu FT-2500M 2 meter FM  long boom 1296 yagi (SSB/CW/ATV)
Yaesu FT-2500M 2 meter FM (for packet) CC Ringo Ranger 2 meter vertical
Kenwood TM-V7A and HTX-242 Sinclair 2 meter folded dipole 
Unimetrics 2 meter FM (APRS) 2 X 1.2 GHz long boom Loop Yagi
Yaesu FT-8900 quad band Multiband Discone (three)
Kenwood TM-D700A (with built-in TNC for APRS) 4 X 2.4 GHz 24dbi grid antennas
HTs: TH-D7AG, FT-530, IC-Q7A, 2 X HTX-202 3 X 2.4 GHz omni directional verticals


HF Station

Rigs in the shack


Yaesu FT-1000mp A4S tribander for 20, 15, & 10 meters
Icom IC-756 (back-up rig) 40 meter inverted-V
Yaesu FT-101E (back-up rig for back-up) 80 meter Inverted-V
160 meter 'slanted' Inverted-L



Icom IC-R7000 all-mode Communications Receiver

Uniden Bearcat BC895XLT AM/FM scanner

Realistic PRO-2006 AM/FM scanner

Icom IC-R10 All-mode Receiver

Icom IC-R3 with Video (general coverage & ATV)

Uniden Bearcat BC245XLT scanner

Realistic PRO-37 AM/FM extended coverage scanner

Realistic VHF/UHF FM scanner (one of the first RS programmable scanners)



PC based WriteLog for WIndows for HF (RTTY, Packet, etc.)

AEA DSP-232 Multi-mode TNC (dual port) for HF

Kantronics KPC-3 TNC for VHF used for DX cluster (have 3 in total)

Kantronics KPC-3 plus TNC for VHF (used for APRS & remote control operation)



P.C. Electronics TC70-10 439 MHz Transceiver (two)

P.C. Electronics TVC12G 1.2 GHz down-converter

A number of G1MFG 1.2 and 2.4 GHz FM Transmitters and Receivers



AMD 900 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 46 GB HD

P3 900 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB HD

1.2 GHz Compaq Laptop, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB HD

Pentium 200 MHz, 64 MB SDRAM

Pentium 66 MHz and 386 MHz Laptop