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My Shack: Ham, Scanner, and General Radio Equipment

Page last updated on 08-13-14.

Here is a quick glance at all the radio-related equipment I use.  If you want further information or have any questions or comments about any of this gear, please feel free to contact me.

SCANNERS

Uniden BCT-8
Base scanner.  No bells and whistles, good for rural/ccventional uses, marine, railroad, ham, etc.  250 channels, 5 banks.  Has typically been my primary radio for all monitoring purposes, remains the easiest and quickest for me to use.

Uniden BCT-15X
Base scanner.  Much more sophisticated, several thousand memories.  Much more up to date and better for a more involved listener or one that needs more functions from the radio.  Now my primary radio, located in the ham shack.  Uses the newer, more flexible setup of systems and objects instead of set banks.

GRE Psr-500
Portable scanner.  Quite near top of the line at the time of purchase, terrific features, tons of memory, and very easy to use.  I would recommend it to anyone.  This doesn’t get used a ton, but it is needed when out and about or during power outages.

Watson WAN RS-97A
Window-mounted scanner antenna.  This is what feeds my Uniden BCT8 base scanner.  It is good for close to home, local VHF-HI, UHF and 800 MHZ; I wouldn’t recommend it if you’ll be doing a lot of VHF-LOW band listening, or if you need anything too sensitive.

Antennacraft ST-4
This is my primary scanning antenna.  It is a 25-1300 MHZ outdoor discone antenna that I have mounted approximately 30 feet above the ground.  This now feeds my Uniden BCT15X radio, and this antenna-scanner pair is my primary monitoring system.  Great reception, a few quirks here and there but no real complaints.  Can also be used for transmitting on the ham bands.

HAM RADIO

Kenwood TS-2000
My super-expensive, all-band, all-mode ham radio receiver that I use for primary communications of all types at the base.  It’s pricy, but it’ll be worth it.  All the features the sophisticated users will want, with room to grow into them for the newbies.  I have no complaints and love this radio to death! It has a voice synthesizer option that makes it very handy for blind hams to use.

Yaesu FT-7900R
Mobile radio for the car.  1,000 memories, easy to program and use with local stuff and while on the go.  My primary communications source when “roving.” Nice receive coverage outside of ham bands, for other listening purposes when out and about.

Yaesu FT-1900R
Another good 50-watt mobile, 2 meters only.  It looks identical to the 7900R, but works slightly differently.  Not currently in use, backup for emergency situations.

Wouxun KG UV3D/1D
My two trusty little dual-bander HT’s.  For the price (quite cheap), no complaints.  The battery life is exceptional, they have worked flawlessly in several emergency situations, and I have no complaints.  I use these when doing public service, in emergencies, and whenever a portable is necessary.  They both have built-in voice synthesizers too, good for blind operators or those that want to change operating functions without even looking down at the radio! Tough to change from memory to VFO on these though; I use one for repeaters (always in memory) and one for simplex (always in VFO) to avoid the difficulty.

My Antennas
I run a Diamond X-200A at 30 ft in elevation for my 2 meter and 70 cm base work.  A 6 meter Saturn 6 halo antenna provides my communications on that band, and a G5RV multibander is currently being used for work on most of the HF bands.  The mobile antenna is currently a mag-mount of unknown make, that was given to me by another ham.  The HT’s are fed by a plethora of little whips and rubber ducks I have collected for various uses.

MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT

Some stuff you may or (probably) may not care about:

NOAA Weather Radio
Don’t even remember the make or model now.  But that’s a good sign, because it’s worked flawlessly for over 6 years, for 60 bucks at RadioShack.

Motorola FRS/GMRS Radios
I have a pair of FRS/GMRS radios, again not remembering the make or model.  These have always worked great for me for probably 8 years and have never failed in spite of everything I’ve put them through.

Sony ICD PX-312 Digital Voice Recorder
Not radio-related itself, but I threw it in because this is what I record audio off my scanners with.  I use it in conjunction with a stereo patch cord into the audio output port on the scanner and record away, with good audio quality and the option for VOX operation.

I’m sure I’m missing something, but for now there you have it: the ScanningEriePA scanner/ham radio/everything in between monitoring shack! I will keep this list up to date as my uses change.  Again, if you have any questions about any of the things listed here (or anything in general), please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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