Hello, my name is Bobby Hobby and my call is W4KN. I have been a ham for about 33 years and I hold an Extra Class amateur license. I work most bands and modes. My station consist of a Kenwood TS-2000 and an Icom 756 ProIII radios and an Icom IC-PW1 with a 8 element Cushcraft ASL2010 log periodic beam at about 60 feet, a 5 element Cushcraft A505S 6 meter beam at about 65 feet, a Cushcraft 13B2 VHF beam at about 70 feet, and a Hustler G7 VHF vertical omni at 75'. These antenna's are on a U.S. Tower TX455 crank up/tilt over with a Yaesu G-800 DXA rotor just outside the shack. I have a full size 160-10 meter Carolina Windom on another structure at about 55 feet for the lower bands. The station is completely computer controlled. I got the TS-2000 because of its computer and remote control capabilities and started to learn about networking to help a fellow ham friend of 33 years as I will explain below. I am a charter member and currently the President of our local radio club, Coastal Plains Amateur Radio Club (CPARC) located in Tifton, GA. We are a small club but about half of our membership are very active hams enjoying most of the modes that are popular today. We operate a VHF repeater on 147.285 (+600) located just west of I-75 about 8 miles north of Tifton.
My station and computers are tied to Wayne's (WD4LYV) ham station and computers by a virtual private network. Wayne has a rare disease (Myosistis Ossificans Progressiva) which has paralyzed him in a permanent rigid position. He is only able to move his right hand from the wrist on his right arm. He runs his complete station with a track ball mouse including his Kenwood TS-2000, Icom PW-1 amplifier, 4 element Stepp IR beam with a Yaesu G-1000 DXA rotor, and a G5RV wire antenna along with G-7 Hustler omni for two meters. The beam and amplifier will track the TS-2000's frequency, band, and mode which is controlled by the track ball mouse and the antenna's are controlled by RS-232 signals from the computer. This has gotten Wayne back into ham radio after several years inactivity waiting for technology to catch up to the point it has now in his station. I can run Wayne's station or he can run mine as if they were in the same room. We live about 20 miles apart. Wayne is also a charter member of CPARC.
I run Ham Radio Deluxe software for my station and Wayne runs TRX Manager for radio control. HRD is a free software program and TRX Manager is a commercial software. I use HRD but Wayne has to use TRX manager because HRD does not support tuning the Sub band in the TS-2000 at this time. According to the developer of HRD this will be added shortly.
I mentioned above I do most modes and bands. I like the digital modes and their simplicity to hook up and use with the sound card in the computer. This has changed drastically with the enhancements of the sound card and software to support their use. I use all freeware to do the digital modes such as Digital Master 780 that is packaged with HRD software. I use MMTTY using FSK, MMSSTV, UIView, AGW Packet engine and other digital software. I have the radio interfaced with the computer through a RASCAL interface. This is surely a change from having to have a terminal unit/demodulator for every different mode as in the past.
Rhonda is a ham also, (KD4SPA) because of my constant nagging since I got my license in 1977 until 1992 she broke down and accepted my proposal to take her to the beach for a week if she promised to study an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening and I would coach her. She did and we came home on Saturday and our club was giving the test, she took it and passed. I have yet to impart my enthusiasm for ham radio to her. That may take another few years or I could be spitting in the wind. She does get on 2 meters with the gang around here.