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Replaced a county owned Alinco DR-235T 220MHz radio with one of my own for the Emergency Kit.

Decided to upgrade my packet system with a Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC.  This will allow the station to remain on the air and provide coverage for the west side of our county.

Added a new dual band HT to my collection, a 7 watt Baofeng UV-5RW in November 2015.

Added a new DMR HT to my collection, a Tytera DM-380. Arrived from Connect Systems October 28, 2015.

In May 2014 an Alinco DR-635 dual band radio was added to go in my second vehicle.  Along with a Diamond SG7500A antenna with Opek AM-204-7 trunk lip mount, this completes the installation











Organization memberships:
Emergency Coordinator (Saginaw County ARES)
Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association (SVARA)
Saginaw County Citizens Corp

Ham Radio Equipment



2 Meter Communications:

  • Icom IC2100H 2-meter  transceiver w/CSW2100 programming software and OPC-478 cable
  • MFJ-281 mobile speaker
  • MFJ -862 Cross Meter SWR Wattmeter
  • Cushcraft ARX2B 2 meter antenna (elevation - 40 ft. - vertically polarized) 
  • Cushcraft 13B2 144 MHz boomer beam antenna (elevation - 38 ft. - horizontally polarized)
  • Speaker/Headphone switch (homemade)
  • BuxComm Rascal GLX sound card interface with cable (for data communications)

HF Communications:

  • Ten-Tec Eagle 599AT All mode HF plus 6 meter amateur transceiver w/Model 702 PTT Hand Microphone
    • Eagle AT599K Auto Tuner kit (included)
    • 2400Hz SSB filter (included)
    • 1800Hz SSB filter
    • 6000Hz AM filter
    • 600Hz CW filter
    • Noise Blanker
    • Ten-Tec 712 USB soundcard digital mode adapter
    • Ten-Tec 940 25A power supply/speaker (video)
    • Ten-Tec 715 RF Speech Processor w/cable
    • MFJ-969 Deluxe Versa Tuner II
    • Radio Shack DSP-40 Noise Reduction System
  • Kenwood TS-480SAT All mode HF plus 6 meter amateur transceiver
    • Kenwood VGS1 Voice Guide and storage unit
    • Heil HM5 Handi Mic w/CC-1KM cable
    • Yamaha FC2 Foot Switch (rewired)
    • Heil PL-2T Mic Boom
    • Panadapter/Bandscope w/HDSDR software
  • Cushcraft AR6 6 Meter antenna (elevation - 42 ft. - vertically polarized)
  • Bux Comm 802136 multiband (2 - 80 meter) Windom antenna (elevation - 25 ft. inverted Vee - horizontally polarized)
    (like Radiowavz DX80)
  • 160 Meter dipole antenna - designed by N8FAU (elevation - 25 ft. inverted Vee - horizontally polarized)    
  • Cushcraft A3S Triband 3 element beam antenna (elevation - 35 ft. - horizontally polarized)  
  • Rohn 20G 30 ft tower with Alliance HD-73 rotor  
  • BuxComm Rascal GLX sound card interface with cable (for data communications)
  • Ham Radio Deluxe control software
  • N4PY control software
  • FlexRadio FlexControl VFO and radio control

220 MHz Communications:

  • Alinco DJ-296T 220MHz transceiver w/EBP-50N 9.6V 700mAh battery
  • EDC-37 power cord
  • EMS-47 mic
  • 220 MHz J-Pole antenna (elevation - 22 ft. - vertically polarized) 

440 MHz Communications:

  • Alinco DR-435T transceiver w/EJ-41U TNC (for packet) and EJ-40U Digital Voice board
  • EMS-57 DTMF Mic
  • Comet GP3 dual band antenna (elevation - 25 ft . - vertically polarized)
  • Motorola Maratrac 90-ch 100w transceiver w/A7 control head w/DTMF mic (backup)

2 Meter Packet

  • Alinco DR-135T 2 Meter (for packet), EMS-56 DTMF Mic
  • Kantronicx KPC-3+ TNC (512)
  • Comet GP3 dual band antenna (shared with 440 radio)
  • Comet CF-416A duplexer (shared with 440 radio)


  • Heath HP1144 20A regulated power supply (APRS and 2 Meter radios)
  • MFJ-1126 DC power outlet strip (APRS and 2 Meter radios)
  • Astron RS-35M 25/35A 13.8V regulated power supply (HF radio)
  • Ten-Tec 940 25A power supply/speaker
  • Astron RS-20M 15/20A 13.8V regulated power supply (bench)   

Grounding/Lighting: (diagram)

  • Station Lighting protection is provided by 5 Polyphasers

Power Backup System:

Extra Equipment


What's New

4/26/17 - Motorola Astro Saber P25 VHF HT

11/09/16 - Comet GP-3 antenna and Comet CF-416A duplexer

3/22/16 - Alinco DR-235T 220MHz radio

3/14/16 - Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC

11/19/15 - Baofeng UV5R7W 144/444 dual band HT

10/28/15 - Tytera DM-380 UHF DMR HT

06/15/15 - Heil PMD-6 Headset/Mic with control cable and footswitch, carry bag

06-05-15 - SDR Panadapter for my Kenwood TS-480SAT

05/16/15 - N4PY Radio Control Software and Flex Radio Control Knob

04/08/15 - New Ten-Tec 715 RF Speech Processor

07/8/14 - New Ten-Tec EagleAT 599 transceiver with 940 power supply

05/16/14 - New Alinco DR-635 mobile radio




Ham Radio

Licensed in 2003 as KC8YVF I am active in amateur radio as the Emergency Coordinator for Saginaw County Michigan and with the Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association.

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