This view shows the shack in October, 2016. The
newest addition is an Elecraft KX2 transceiver.
The KX2 will serve a dual purpose.
First, it's a multi-mode, multi-band portable station to take to
the field. Second, it is a modern replacement for my
old FT-7 Yaesu rig.
My initial reaction to the KX2 is very positive. It's
been used in three casual contest efforts (CW and SSB) and has
held up well. I've not done dynamic range measurements yet.
Below is a slightly earlier (June, 2016) view of the
station. Scroll down for a closer view of the main CW
rig. The aluminum panel boxes at the right are
experiments. The lower one is a direct conversion
receiver while the upper one is a frequency synthesizer that can
be routed to the main CW receiver.
The close-up is shown below. Additional info is
below the photo.
The box with the large black knob is the
receiver. The box with the meter is a QRP
transmitter that tracks with the receiver. The
chassis under the shelf is a 40 Watt MOSFET CW power
amplifier. This set-up, as shown, covers 40,
20, and 15 meter CW. The rig just to the left of
the QRP transmitter (just out of view in this photo) is a SSB
and CW transceiver for 6 meters. My
interests have moved away from VHF at the present, so the 6 M
transceiver sees little use. Perhaps that interest will
pick up as our sunspots continue to decline.