The shack in France - F4VPJ


2022 and we are on the move again! So its time to dismantle and pack everything away again for a while!

Something like the radio shack will always be 'work in progress' but things are as well organised and in place as they can be at the moment so it seemed like a good opportunity to record the current arrangement which also serves as a useful 'stocktake' exercise!

December 2019 and yet further changes saw the sale of a number of older and no longer required items (some of the pictures will now be out of date) and the addition of the new (to me) Yaesu FT736r for VHF/UHF as part of an ongoing upgrade.

As this is the 'home office' as well it is set up as a workstation with iMac as primary work machine and a PC for the 'other stuff' that doesn't run as smoothly on the Mac! the main machines are now on properly installed and easily movable pivot screen mountings to free up desk space as well as make the 'user interface' work better. The PC runs HRD for rig control on the FT1000MPV, IC7000BKT for the Icom IC7000 and also copies of 817-mem and FT817 commander. Maybe its me but amateur radio software for Mac just isn't up to much, PC's are of course more widely used. Worth remembering though that all the software I'm using is well out of date being of the same generation as each of the radios.

..., and updated with some changes and re-tasked radios!

Former long term install Icom IC-251e and IC-451e for VHF and UHF on FM and SSB with IC251e moved to the roll top and connected to a halo loop and the IC451e sold as surplus to requirements since the arrival of the FT-736r! Also the excellent Yaesu FT-1000MP mark V for HF.

The roll top desk which currently houses the Icom IC-251e and the Yaesu FRG-8800, the Microwave Modules MML144/30-LS and the Yaesu FT-290R.

Some further modifications with the ex. MJ0SIT Icom IC-7000 and the FTM-10R no longer being used mobile so connected instead to the Watson vertical.