I'm an amateur radio operator in central Nebraska. I have just recently passed my General and Amateur Extra exams. My primary antenna is my home-built Off-Center Fed Dipole, good from 80m up to around 10m. I am new to HF, but looking forward to trying out as many different things on amateur radio as I can. I enjoy digital modes, phone, and I am hoping to try out some image modes soon, and I'm working on learning CW!
Being a relatively new ham with tight budget, my setup is rather meager. My shack lives in a detached garage, which is my workshop for all my hobbies. It houses my 3D printer, and my general electronics/computer workbench. My ham shack lives in the back along one wall where all my gear is set up. The garage is insulated and drywalled, and has an electric heater and window AC unit, so I can keep the temperature fairly comfortable year round!
All of my operations from the shack occur on an ICOM IC-7100. This is powered by an MFJ 4230MV 30A power supply. I also use an MFJ 941E tuner between the radio and my primary antenna. More on the antennas below! I use the IC-7100 for my VHF operations (primarily local nets and occasional contacts off I-80) as well as all of my HF operations.
A spare laptop acts as my station computer, resting out of site under the bench, and connecting to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the right of this image, as well as connecting via USB to the IC-7100. I use Win4ICOM Suite for rig control, and Log4OM 2 as my primary logging program, as well as for a few other handy functions.
My VHF antenna consists of a home-built quarter-wave ground plane trimmed for 2m. My HF antenna is an off-center fed dipole antenna, roughly 130' long, and fed around 33%/66%. The feedpoint sits about 20' up on my "mast" outside the shack. The house had a very sturdy basketball hoop in back which doesn't get used, so I used a 20' length of steel gas pipeline and hoseclamped it to the basketball hoop pole, which is heavy steel tubing, bolted to a concrete foundation. At the top of the steel pipe, the last few feet are covered with plastic PVC pipe, and topped with a short section of smaller PVC attached at 90°, and a T attached to that. In the middle of the horizontal segment, a pulley is mounted, and the feedpoint of the OCFD is lifted up to hang just below that. My VHF antenna sits on top of the T joint on the end, and it's feedline comes out the bottom and runs down from there.
|Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.|
|No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.|
|Solar Flux Index||110||11/29 15:10 UTC|
|A-Index||10||11/29 15:10 UTC|
|K-Index||2||11/29 15:10 UTC|
|Sunspot Number||67||11/28 00:00 UTC|
|Proton Flux||0.50 ptn/(cm2 s sr)||11/29 15:20 UTC|
|Electron Flux||1184.82 elctn/(cm2 s sr)||11/29 15:20 UTC|
|X-Ray Flux||C3.7||11/29 15:27 UTC|
|Magnetic Field||-0.95 Bz||11/29 14:00 UTC|
|Solar Wind||358.74 km/s||11/29 14:00 UTC|
|Wind Density||2.11 ptn/cm3||11/29 14:00 UTC|
|Signal/Noise Level||S1 - S2|
|Aurora Latitude||64.5° - 62.4°|
|Solar Radiation Storms||No impacts on HF|
|Electron Alert||Partial to complete HF blackout in polar regions|
|Radio Blackouts||Occasional loss of radio contact on sunlit side|
|Good 71||160m||1.8 MHz||Very Good 102|
|Fair 63||80m||3.5 MHz||Good 78|
|Fair 64||60m||5 MHz||Good 74|
|Fair 64||40m||7 MHz||Good 70|
|Fair 57||30m||10 MHz||Fair 60|
|Fair 58||20m||14 MHz||Fair 58|
|Fair 50||17m||18 MHz||Fair 49|
|Fair 51||15m||21 MHz||Fair 48|
|Fair 44||12m||24 MHz||Fair 40|
|Fair 45||10m||28 MHz||Fair 39|
|Fair 36||6m||50 MHz||Poor 22|