After being licensed for 19 years I finally purchased my first new HF rig. The IC-7300 is currently setup for RX only until I get more antennas up. In the mean time I am playing with remote control over the USB port with a laptop until I have a permanent solution. Unlike the IC-9700 the… Continue reading IC-7300

2M HO Loop

Installed coax B a few days ago in preparation for the 2m HO Loop I put up this morning.

2m Switch

Purchased an Alpha Delta DELTA-4B switch for the 2m side of my IC-9700 at the Visalia DX Convention over the weekend. For now the switch is just sitting between the radio and my triplexer/triband vertical antenna. This will allow me to install another coax run to the roof for a horizonal M2 2m HO Loop… Continue reading 2m Switch

Coax A

Coax A is a 40ft section of LMR-400 with N-type connectors. For testing I have it connected to a dual band Diamond X50A and one of my cheap handhelds. Long term the antenna will be replaced with a triband Diamond X6000A and the radio will be replaced with an Icom IC-9700.

Mast Install

Installed 3 5ft masts on the side of my house for future antenna projects. Used a 10ft and a 5ft section of Unistrut bolted to the fascia and the supporting structure behind it. Temporarily installed my Diamond dual band antenna for testing with my cheap handheld.

Attic Exit

Working on the path coax will take from my radio closet to the roof. I was able to cut out the protective screen on the backside of this vent then I added some cable loom to soften the metal edge at the bottom of the vent. Next I added some explaining foam with a sticky… Continue reading Attic Exit

Antenna Move

Due to interference from my engine on VHF I had to move the antenna mount to the back of the car and swap the antenna for a shorter more flexible model. The antenna clears my garage door by half an inch.

Sleeve Kit Install

Installed a sleeve kit that will support future coax runs to the roof. All the radios will be installed in the closet and operated remotely over my network or the internet.

Icom ID-5100A Install Part 1

Installed the antenna then ran the coax and the power cable through the firewall. The radio body is temporarily sitting on the floor in front of the passenger seat.