In the 1990 section of this blog, you'll see that I purchased an AEA Isoloop antenna and had it mounted on the side of the house. I no longer live there, as I left 10 years ago to move to FL. But recent photos taken from Zillow show the antenna still there! Here is the photo. UPDATE: In a recent trip to RI, I stopped by there and it appears there are new owners. And they finally took down this antenna.
Here is the latest W1AL station photo....the Yaesu FTDX101D with a Yaesu MD-90 microphone....a UR5CDX gold paddle.....and an Astatic D104 Diamond Eagle microphone to hold up the callsign.
My previous tri-band vertical got damaged in Hurricane Ian...so I cannablized it and used the main 17' element as a perfect quarter-wave 20M vertical with a great SWR. I added one radial of the same length for a near-perfect SWR.
I had heard some pretty good reviews about this CB antenna (don't laugh)...so I ordered it and put it up. It operates fantastically with low SWR on 10, 12, and 15 meters. I know the coax is likely being used as a radial...but it works great!
Here is the latest N1AC club station....a Yaesu FT1000D with a Sculpture paddle and Yaesu MD-100 microphone. My Astatic Silver Eagle Final Edition serves as the callsign holder.
Having found KQ1RP a bit too unwieldy on CW, our club applied for (and received today) the callsign N1AC. Here is a photo of our latest station: A ten-Tec Argo 556 QRP rig with Logikey K-5 keyer, Signalink USB for digital modes, and MFJ QRP Watt Meter.
The Island Hunters ARC has found KQ1RP too long and difficult to understand as a QRP station. Therefore, the club has applied for WN1C as a new, shorter callsign. The club will also be using the NOS Yaesu FT-101 I picked up a few short months ago (below), along with the Logikey Model K5 Keyer.
I picked up a new and unused LDG MC-101 Meter for the Yaesu FTDX101D. It arrived today! Here is a photo of it:
I recently purchased a UbitX V6 QRP Rig w/ Upgraded Display (photo below) for use as the KQ1Rp Station. The Ten-Tec 509 is simply too drifty for my tastes. Will post a new photo of the setup when it arrives.
Here is a photo of my NOS Yaesu FT-101, along with the FV-101 VFO, SP-101PB Landliner Phone Patch/Speaker, SP-101 Speaker, YO-101 Scope, YC-601B Digital Display, YD-844 Microphone, and Shure 444 Microphone. Also see the old school fluorescent desk lamp and Siltronix FS-301 Watt Meter.
After replacing one capacitor that exploded after a full power-up, I'm about to bring up my FT-101 on a variac with a dim bulb tester made out of a Yellow Jacket 2177-N Outlet Strip as described in this article: https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/dim-bulb-tester-build-one-in-five-minute.386791/. Will keep you all updated!
Just received a nice example of the original Yaesu FV-101 External VFO to go with my FT-101. . Thanks, KC2Y!
Within the last few days, I have purchased several Yaesu FT-101 accessories. Shown here is a NOS Fan and a mint SP-101 Speaker. Other accessories are on the way and photos will be posted upon receipt.
Here is a YouTube video on my new NOS Yaesu FT-101. It was sold to me New Old Stock (NOS). Take a look and make up your own mind. I apologize for the low audio.
Here is an idea I had for better receive audio quality, in lieu of a $200 Yaesu SP-101 speaker....a Fosi Audio T20- Tube Amplifier and some Klipsch Reference Speakers. I connected it to the Yaesu FTDX101D through its AF Line Out jack. Nice stereo effect with the two receivers....and most importantly, nice rich audio.
This Yaesu FT-101 is brand new, NOS, obviously by its exterior AND interior condition. The seller tells me his uncle bought it to get into ham radio decades ago, but put it away in the box with the plastic and never used it. Truly! A true time capsule......
I got a lead on someone selling a NOS, New in the box, unused Yaesu FT-101 (circa 1970) transceiver. As you can see, it appears to be still in the plastic! I contacted the seller, and scored it! It is on the way. I will post an unboxing video as soon as possible after it arrives.
The KQ1RP Station has arrived! A Facebook friend, Chris Nigh, W6LXH, offered to help me get this from a local Craigslist ad in his area of Oregon. It's the Ten-Tec Argonaut 509 and the Model 208 CW Filter. It came to $200.00 total. I consider it a real bargain. It's near pristine on the face.