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Amateur Radio Station WCEM
(Formerly: WFGM)

My Station and A Few Photos
 

Windows 7  64-bit Home Premium Computer: (home built)
Intel i5 650 @ 3.2 GHz 2 Core CPU
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Socket 1156, Intel P55 Chipset motherboard
8GB of DDR3-1600 memory
PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 dual DVI-I video card w/1024MB of memory;
2 each 23 inch widescreen Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX Digital color LCD monitors
EV SonicXS 4.1 (w/subwoofer) Surround Sound Speakers
2 each 320GB SATA HDD configured in a RAID 0 array, and a 3TB SATA Hard Disk Drive for storage
Internal 22X DVD-RW drive
Color Printer: Canon Pixma MX920 All-In-One Color Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax

Amateur Radio Station Windows Software:
Logging: I am currently using Logger32 for my main logging program. The program is very involved and has a learning curve,
but that also means it is very powerful! But the main thing is that it is FREE. And there is a users group set up on Yahoo.
Logger32 is excellent! There is plenty of info in the help file for learning how to use the program. Like any other powerful software, you must apply yourself to learning it.

 

Check out FREE software by WCEM:
UTC Clock and ID Reminder: HamTimer 
TS-2000 Auto Mode Memory Manager: TS-2000_AutoMode
Station Accessory Control Software: ComSwitcher

WWV Announcements: I enjoy the solar reports at 18 minutes past the hour broadcast on WWV at 2.5, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz. Since it is announced only once each hour, I wanted to be reminded of when the announcement was coming so I would not miss it.  I use a small program called HamTimer that I have written in Visual Basic.NET.  I use it to remind me to get on frequency so I won't miss the report.  It also has a 10 minute Station ID Reminder that I like to use for rag chewing too. I am making the program available as FREEWARE to anyone who wants it. Download a copy of HamTimer for yourself if you want.  It will let you use any valid WAV file.  You can create your own if you like. Otherwise there are a couple of options supplied with the program when it is installed.

Mapping: Another great set of software is the DX Atlas suite by Alex VE3NEA. Mapping, propagation prediction, and more. Check out his web site at http://www.dxatlas.com

PSK31: I use a TigerTronics SignaLink USB with Integrated USB Sound Card interface for working the digital modes.
Logger32 also covers this sound card mode which uses the free MMVARI engine.
But I also really like DigiPan for PSK31 - and it is Freeware too.
Check out the web site at http://www.digipan.net to see for yourself how easy and fun it can be to get on PSK31.
 

   SSTV: Slow Scan Television is so easy with the sound card software that is out there.  I use MMSSTV written by a Japanese ham JE3HHT, Makoto Mori.  This is an excellent program that is not only user friendly but FREE! Go to the web site and download your copy: 
http://hamsoft.ca/

Beam Headings and Propagation Prediction: Logger32 also covers this for me, but I found a couple of other great programs for this purpose. Visit http://www.dxlabsuite.com/ to check them out. There are several posted there as a suite of programs that work together and/or individually, sure to please the DX enthusiast. And they are also FREE!
But since I bought the DX Atlas suite I've been using Ham CAP and IonoProbe - two most excellent programs.

WAS Tracking: Logger32 keeps very good records for me for several awards including WAS, but it does not give me the visual interface I would like. QuickWAS is a nice little program that gives me the graphical user interface that makes tracking WAS really nice. Download a copy of QuickWAS (759KB). It works great for tracking the states during Field Day too!


This is my home QTH in Bradford Township near Cambridge, MN, USA. 

Antennas:
During the summer of 2007, I built my first tower!
Click here for more photos, and to read the full story of my tower installation.
It is a Glen Martin Engineering Model M-1850A.
The tower supports my Cushcraft A3s tri-band beam for 10, 15 and 20 meters, as well as
a dual band dipole for 80 and 17 meters.
I also have a Comet GP-9M, 2m/70cm Dual Band Vertical and
40m/75m Dual Inverted V Dipoles
(mounted on a 36' Radio Shack telescopic mast, bolted to the corner of the deck)
 


A modest antenna farm.


A view of the beam and tower on a beautiful Autumn day.


Here's a closer look at the Cushcraft A3S and dipole.
The rotor is a Yaesu model G-1000DXA.
The wire antenna is a dual bander for 17 meters and the low end of 80 meters.
See the full account of my tower installation here.
 


Here is a closer look at the antennas on the telescoping mast bolted off of the corner of my deck.
The vertical is for 2m/70cm local hamming.
Four wires are suspended from the Bencher Balun at the end of the feed line
making my other multi-band dipole.
It is naturally resonant on 75m and 40m phone, and 15m CW.
 

Radios and Station Accessories:
Shelf: (L to R)
Heath "Cantenna" Legal Limit Dummy Load
Astron RS-35M DC Power Supply;
Heathkit HM-2140 HF SWR/Watt meter


The shack.

Desktop: (L to R)
 
Yaesu VX-7R 6m/2m/70cm Tri-band HT;
Heathkit SB221, 10-80 meter, linear amplifier
Kenwood MC-60A Desktop Microphone
Kenwood TS-2000 HF/6m/2m/70cm All-Mode Transceiver w/computer interface;
MFJ Electronic Keyer/Bencher Paddle Combo
Yaesu G-1000DXA Antenna Rotor Controller


Kenwood TS-2000 with MC-60A microphone &
MFJ/Bencher paddle combo.


In the operator's chair.

Emergency Backup:
Coleman Powermate Powerbase 5000 watt generator


Portable Emergency Backup power. Great for Field Day!

 

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