Here is a current list of the equipment and some detail on use.
- Transceiver is an Icom-7300. I usually leave it set to 75-80 watts of output power so I don’t over drive the amplifier. So when the amp is not engaged you are running about 75-80 watts. This is a fine piece of equipment , purchased new in August of 2018.
- Antennas selection: The 80/40 is sort of a combo dipole/inverted vee feed with the same run of 50 ohm RG-213 coax. It is fairly out in the open an unobstructed by trees. It runs N/S so is therefore oriented E/W. But for most practical purposes the orientation makes little difference. It is 1000′ above sea level and is well above average terrain. The yagi is a Mosley TA53 that covers 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters. It is about 64 feet above the ground on my tower. Always be sure you are using the appropriate antenna for your frequency. Antenna selection is done through the KMTronic switch displayed at the right side of the radio screen. The first two bars on the switch panel in effect “toggle” between the two antennas.
- Amplifier: The amp is an ALS-600 with an ARI-500 so that it can operate in a no-tune, no band switch mode. Depending on band it will put out 500-600 watts or more with the drive level specified above. Remember to always click TUNE, initially and whenever changing bands or more than a few kHz on the same band. Turning on the amplifier is accomplished by using the KMTronic switch on the right side of the radio screen. When the amp is on the bar on the right side under KMTronic switch will be highlighted. When not using the amp please turn it off.
- Tuner. The ALS600 amplifier works in conjunction with the 1.5 KW rated MFJ998 Intellituner. The Intellituner does not mean that the antennas do not require user intervention by you, the operator. But this is done quite easily and remotely by briefly clicking the TUNE button on the RemoteHams radio face. After a few seconds the lighted TUNE button will dim out indicating an acceptable SWR. Always be sure you have selected the right antenna for your operating frequency before attempting to tune of course.
- Rotor: The rotor is a HamVII with DCU3 control head. Very simple to use. Just enter your beam heading and press go. You can watch the antenna turning. Remember the antenna is near Birmingham Alabama so adjust your selected beam heading accordingly. You can access the rotor on the right side of the radio panel (It says DCU1).
- Other: There are many other pieces of equipment that work behind the scenes to make all this work. Computer, computer controlled relays, coaxial switches, and the RemoteHams platform, etc. You need not worry about them. But please report any inconsistencies or technical issues to me via this website.
OK, with all that said, you are ready to enjoy the K8EA remote!