Home Station

The j-pole is 3/4-wave at 2 m and works surprisingly well on 70 cm. At the bottom of the picture is a coaxial choke that feeds an HF wire dipole, both sides of which are barely visible and one terminates in a tree.

The antenna below is dedicated to packet and APRS work, mostly APRS at the moment as it’s connected only to a receiver I have set up as an I-Gate. The mast is 20′ of 1-1/4″ electrical conduit, supported by an old satellite TV tripod and several cinder blocks. This antenna connects with a short PVC mast that also provides support for the HF dipole, which comes down from it at a slant on this side of the duplex, terminating just above the fence.

The home office is shown below. I work from here too, about 3 to 4 days a week. There are a few computers and servers, all doing their thing. All machines run Kubuntu or Xubuntu Linux. A lot of number-crunching happens as these machines also contribute to Standford University’s Folding@Home distributed computing project that studies proteins for medical research. 

Icom 207 and 706-MK2G. Not pictured are the HTs and Motorola radios I use on 900 MHz. I like Kenwood, Icom, Motorola products.