The 2011 N3RO station above is very different from the station pictured on the "home" page taken around 1990.  Although much of the equipment is still in operation, such as the entire Kenwood TS-820s equipment line, new station equipment includes a laptop computer that marries RF technology with the newer digital / internet technology (ECHOLINK).  This allows me to operate not only on the HF bands as in the past, but use internet linking technology coupled with 2 meter RF to bring worldwide communications to me where-ever I may be: around the house, outside walking in the neighborhood, mobiling in my vehicle or connected to my home base station through my downtown Frederick office computer.  This "go anywhere" flexibility was no where to be seen in the "home" page station picture.  If I wanted to "operate" my ham radio it required me to go sit at the desk where the ham equipment was located.  Today, I am able to access the same level of worldwide communications from just about anywhere, as noted above.


 Below are pictures of the N3RO station in 2011.  A new section of the hamshack was set up in 2011, consisting of a new Yaesu FT-2000D ( 200 watt ) transceiver.  This setup includes the MD-100 desk mic and the matching SP-2000 filter speaker.  With the linear amp this station can run anywhere from 10 watts to 600 watts and with the LDG 600pro autotuner, it can do so on 160 meters through 6 meters.  The tabletop swivels for easy operation from the comfy sofa.



The following picture shows the tabletop operating position for the older Kenwood TS-820s and the Icom 706mark2G.  The MC-50 mic on the left is connected into the TS-820s, as is the voice keyer.  The CW keyer that sits on top of the voice keyer is connected, along with the Bencher Iambic paddles, to the Icom 706mark2G for CW.  I like to use the wireless headphones for mobility and local volume control on the headset.  The flatscreen monitor lets me lookup callsigns on QRZ.com, but in this picture is tracking a snowstorm about to hit the East Coast on October 30, 2011:  ( I am also a trained SKYWARN observer and net control station ):


The picture below shows the main equipment "stack" containing Echolink, HF, VHF and UHF equipment as of 2011:


It would have been difficult to envision today's world of ham radio back in the late 50's and early 60's when SSB was just becoming popular, FM repeaters were largely unknown to the general ham population and substituting the ionosphere with an internet linking systems wasn't even dreamed of yet.  Although I have seen technology change dramatically over the last 50 years, one thing hasn't changed - the magic of ham to ham, person to person communication. That is the one constant that keeps me coming back for more, every single day. 

 

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