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Sunday
Nov292015

My Antennas

After taking the new photos of my station I thought I better get outside and take new photos of my antennas. Since my old photo of my antennas were taken I've removed and added a new antenna. I've pulled down my AH-4 ATU (Automatic Tuner Unit) which was used for my random wire antenna and I've added my new antenna, a G5RV. I purchased this antenna when I purchased my Icom IC-7000 a few years ago but because I never really had a ATU I couldn't put it up. This changed a few months ago and now I have a much better HF antenna up. You can see the ATU in the photo's of the inside of my station. My current mast I've removed a couple of antennas and moved a couple. I still have a bit of work to do on it but this won't happen until my tower goes up in the new year.

This is the photo of my current antenna mast.

 

This is the mast holding up my G5RV. You can see my tower in the back ground waiting to be fixed and installed.

 

This is the connection box where the coaxal cable and the ladder line cable connect. The cable runs under ground through some PVC piping.

 

 

Monday
Nov232015

New Station Photos

Well I finally got off my backside and took new photos. One of my Station itself and another one I'll use as my Avatar on websites.

Here is my station photos complete with the new equipment cabinet.

 

This is my avatar photo.

 

 

Thursday
Oct292015

New Photos

Seeing I've been making a lot of changes to my station I think it's time to take some new photos of it and my antennas. So tomorrow I'll be taking some new photos of my station and posting them here.

So look out for them. Change is coming :) 

Sunday
Sep272015

Almost Completed

Well another week has past and that meant more work done on the fit out of my cabinet. I now have all the computer networking equipment installed. Installed new ethernet cables in the network to supply high speed Gigabit ethernet to all the computers and into the lounge room for the PS3 and Apple TV. I have also made available a ethernet cable for my repeater's radio linking equipment.

 

I have three radios in and now fully working for listening to services in town. I also have the radio equipment for my 2m (VHF) repeater which looks like will finally be installed and on the air in October. In the cabinet will house the linking radio and IRLP node. 

So hopefully this time next month I will be able to post a photo of the cabinet fully completed with all the equipment installed and the cabinet project completed. It's been a big project from start to now and still have a few things to do before it's finished. 

To just name a few things still needed to be done as follows,

VK2RBL radio link

VK2RBL IRLP node

Move 2 power supply units

Wire up both 13.8v and 12v supplies

Tie up the DC and AC supply cables

So you ask yourself why 13.8v and 12v supplies? Well it's because the radios need 13.8 volts to operate correctly and the 12 volt supply is for the computer networking equipment and network hard drive. Those items need only 12 volts, they can't be supplied 13.8 volts as it's too high. yes 1.8 volts can make a lot of difference when it comes to computer equipment. So I must have these two voltages in the cabinet. The cabinet will have 3 x 23 amp power supplies installed into it for the equipment listed above. 1 power supply will be just used to supply the computer equipment and the second will be to supply my work bench plus the hand-held radio charges. The 3rd one will be used to supply the radio linking equipment for the repeater. These will need their own power supply unit as they will need about 16 amps to run non-stop if needed.

The cabinets haven't cost me anything, thank god as they are very heavy and solid units and if you were to buy new would cost a bit of money. The other stuff that I've had to do with them has cost a few dollars. I've had to replace most of my ethernet cables, about 7 of them. I must say I can't wait until this project is finished so I can move onto my next one. Installing my 2m (VHF) 11 element yagi antenna so I can have a play with SSB on the 2 metre band. And then hopefully get my tower fixed and installed. Can only wish :)

 

Friday
Sep042015

Cabinet Update :)

Today I did some more work on moving services over to my new equipment cabinet. Today I moved my radio streaming server over to the cabinet. I still have to order some ethernet cables to move the rest of my computer network into it but for now I've been able to move this server for now. I'm hoping to build a couple of beanches inside the cabinet next weekend which should bring it up to a level for everything else to just slide in.

I still have a few things to install into the cabinet until it's completely finished. Hopefully by years end I will have everything installed. One of the things out of my control is the installation of the 2m repeater and it's linking equipment. Anyhow the cabinet is starting to look good with equipment starting to go into it. I'm hoping I can do a couple of more things to it over this weekend but I'll have to see as I have housework I must do first :) You know how it is, the housework isn't going to do itself.