Planned Improvements

My Ham Shack is in my home office. Here is what my Shack looks like currently.

My current base rig I have is the Yaesu FT-991A, it operates on VHF/UHF as well as the HF frequencies, the desk mic is the MD-100.  My equipment sits on a simple wooden desk that has four drawers for storage.

I’m looking for recommendations on desks that will accommodate current equipment and any new equipment that will be added. In the next few months I will be adding an Icom ID-5100A Deluxe, a second power supply, Heil Pro Headset and foot switch. Come 2021 I will be adding an Icom IC-9700 and moving the Yaesu FT-991A to my Emergency Comm Equipment.

Any suggestions or ideas will be welcome.

Yaesu FT-991A Review

I’ve had my FT-991A for over a year now and it’s about time I take a few minutes to pen a review of this rig.

The FT-991A is on the right and it is tuned to a frequency on the 80M band.

You see the beginnings of my humble shack above.   Now on to the review.
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Turn the Bands Green

Since I am home and recuperating from the hospital I thought what better way to relax than to play on the radio.  Today being St. Patrick’s Feast Day there is a contest going on called Turn The Bands Green.

From the website for the contest: “Many people worldwide, annually celebrate St Patricks Day by going green, with many amateurs running special event stations as part of the festivities. St Patricks Day is a celebration of an Irish legend and national holiday on air with our friends and family, whilst promoting on-air activity through a fun award, and a chance to show what an enjoyable hobby amateur radio is.”

The event runs over the full 48 hour period over the 17th March worldwide
(12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC)

The St Patrick Day Award is 48 hrs of fun noncompetitive on-air celebration of St Patricks Day. As we say “Go Green for St Patricks”.

Now, remember that Saint Patrick was Italian so this Italian will try and make as many contacts as possible during this event (so long as the propagation is with me). I will be operating on HF probably 20M or 40M in the General Class portion of the bands.