I acquired some new HiFi components for the shack recently:
Marantz 2240 Receiver
Emotiva TA-100 Receiver
Tascam CD-200IL CD Player
Topping E30 DA Converter
Emotiva Airmotiv B1 Speakers
Sennheiser HD-599 Headphones
I found this old CB QSL card on Ebay. It was an old CB buddy of mine, circa 1977. I was all of 16 at the time. Saw it and couldn't resist getting it.
It is now 2021! Let's see what new and exciting ham radio things I can get involved in!
The PreciseRF HG-3 Magnetic Loop has been installed, with an RCA TV-type rotator. It works like a champ! Still can't compete with my vertical on certain bands.....
Received the PreciseRF HG3 Stepper Mag Loop pro antenna, at a selling price new of $1,295.00. Here it is below. It will be erected and installed soon and will post photos soon.
Here is the WP2J Club Station.....an Icom IC-7300 HF SDR Transceiver and Icom Sp-38 External Speaker
I found a ham selling a brand new Icom 7300 and Icom SP-38 external speaker, so the WP2J club purchased them and will be set up in the new station as soon as the tables arrive. Here they are still in the box. Photos will be posted once the radios are set up.
I ordered a 7' conference room table and a 4' desk for the ham station. Will post new pics once it has been set up.
I found a completely restored and refurbished 1946 Hallicrafters S-40 Receiver on Ebay, and it is on its way. I sold my National Receiver to make room for it. Here it is:
I scooped up a used MFJ-898 Automatic Antenna Tuner on the ham forums. It will handle 1KW comfortably. Here it is below:
I pulled the trigger on a used Drake 2B Receiver to add to my collection. Here it is, in all of its 1961-1964 glory!
I decided to sell my Kenwood TS-711A and 811A VHF & UHF transceivers as I haven't really used them, and instead got a used Drake R8 Receiver from EBay (below) along with a new-in-the-box Drake MS8 Speaker. Here they are:
Here is my updated station equipment for the primary HF station:
Flex 6400M HF Transceiver, Acom 1000 1KW Amplifier, Palstar AT1KM Antenna Tuner, Palstar PM2000AM Wattmeter, Heil PR40G Microphone, and Begali Sculpture Iambic Paddle
Since I have a 1KW amp now, I decided to sell my LDG AT600 Pro II and M600 watt meter, and purchase a used Palstar AT1KM manual antenna tuner. Here is a pic of it:
My Ameritron ALS-600 went on the fritz. So I sold it for parts, as well as the Begali Pearl paddle, Elad FDM-DUO Transceiver, and Vibroplex Original Deluxe Bug.......and pulled the trigger on a like-new Acom 1000 1000W 160M-6M HF Amplifier, purchased from W9BB. UPDATE: It's here! I received it set up for 240V, but I wired a plug on it for 125V, replaced the 10A fuses to 20A, and am ready to change the DIP switches inside for the voltage change.
I ordered the W6VLP Amplified Receive-Only Magnetic Loop on Ebay, and it has arrived. Here it is after readying the installation (below) and placed on a Pyle Speaker Stand with a bracket mount on the eaves of my house:
This is my first 6 Meter contact ever! It happened on May 4, 2020 on 50.313 (FT8) at 22:58Z (6:58 PM my time), with TG9ANF. He is 1004 miles away from me here in FL. using my HF 20M Vertical antenna. I ordered a 6m Dipole which I am waiting for to arrive at the end of this week. :)