The New KY6R Shack – all set up for the “vintage” on the top shelf (National SW-3, Collins 75A4, 270-G3 Speaker, KWS-1), and the “new” ICOM IC-7300 on the bottom (far left). With the Geochron 4K and the new workbench area, I’ll be set when the KWS-1 comes back from being restored. N3ZN paddle, Begali Intrepid Bug and Astatic D-104 microphone. Missing from the picture are the NorCal40A and Red Hot 40 QRP rigs.
Its a ton of fun to have ended my DXCC chapter and now moving on to what I call a “playground” ham radio shack. I can experience several different genre’s now – and have a lot more variety than I did as a DXer:
When 3Y0I comes on the air – I will use a borrowed AL-80B and set it up where my laptop is – and plug the 7300 into it and work another ATNO. DX-ing is now the farthest thing on my mind – but its nice to know I can DX when I want. Compared to the QRP rigs – the 100 watts from the 7300 is like QRO . . .
Oddly enough – I have been tuning around a lot lately and stumble on all kinds of interesting nets. Its a casual affair – but so soothing as compared to 17 years of manic DXing and DXCC. I’m going to love checking into vintage nets with the KWS-1 – that’s for sure. I’ve found that the vintage crowd is a lot like the QRP-ers – they are less appliance operators and more technical. They like to restore, build, etc and share their knowledge with a fun “show and tell” attitude.
Fun is the new drive here at KY6R.