Here’s a list of my ham radio gear.

Rigs

Antennas

  • HVU-8 80m/40/20/15/10/6/2m/70cm vertical base station antenna (200w PEP max, 150w on VHF/UHF FM) – Home QTH vertical antenna, atop 16ft of military poles.
  • Elecraft AX1 multi-band whip antenna, max 15w, made for the KX series but can be used for any QRP radio.
  • Wolf River Coils “Take It Along” vertical whip antenna – amazing results!
  • QuirkyQRP SlinkTENNA 80-6m compact helical dipole antenna for NVIS and portable ops.
  • PreciseLOOP HG-1 80-10m magnetic loop antenna (45w PEP max, 10w max on 80m) – I have had 7400+ mile confirmed QSLs with this antenna at obstructed street level. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for portable use!
  • Trunk-mount TRAM 2m/70cm 19″ vertical coil capable of 100w for repeater use during commutes – 50+ mile repeater range while on 5w power.
  • DIY HQD™ Speaker Wire Antenna for 20m.
  • N9SAB‘s “Stealth” 40m-6m Off-Center Fed (OCFD) multiband dipole with 4:1 matching transformer that I added snap-on 1:1 current RF isolator chokes for quick-deploy configuration as a New Carolina Windom rated for 100w.
  • RigExpert AA-600 Antenna Analyzer.
  • LDG YT-100 HF 160m-6m antenna auto-tuner, made specifically for the FT-857D.

Power

  • SS-DV30 AC switching power supply for when the grid is up (30A) with Powerpoles.
  • Hardened Power Systems Commander 857 turnkey Ammo Can Go-Box for the Yaesu FT-857D with 2x10Ah Dakota LiFePO4 batteries.
  • DIY Headway 40152S LiFePO4 12v 4s1p 15Ah power box with 100A BMS and Genasun 10.5A Solar Charge Controller.
  • DIY Headway 40152S LiFePO4 12v 4s2p 30Ah battery pack (under construction).
  • 5 DIY 26650 LiFePO4 12v 2.85Ah 4s packs (under construction) capable of 150A pulse discharge, 42A continuous discharge, with 100A BMS.
  • Bioenno LiFePO4 12v 3Ah battery, packed with KX3 in a “pretty case“.
  • Global Solar 42w CIGS 12v Foldable Solar Panel.
  • HQST 100w RV rigid mono-cell solar panel.
  • 1200w portable gas generator.

Accessories