Trying to do not too much today. It is rainy and cool and I am trying to rest my right foot. Yep, I messed it up again, pretty much like last year, excepting this time I did a pretty good number on my ankle, too. So once again, I am wearing "the Boot" and probably will be for the next couple of weeks.
Anyway, I was going through the computer, looking at old photos when I came across this old shack photo. It has to be pre-2003 from before I went 100% QRP:
Geez, there's a lot of stuff there! An Icom IC-751A with an Icom all mode 2 Meter rig, an IC-251A above it. On top of that was a brick amplifier for the IC-251A. To the right was an Ameritron amplifier (yes, I actually had one and used it, probably all about 25 times or so). Above it was the high power antenna tuner. Above that was my QRP rig, an Icom IC-730 that I had modified so that I could lower it to the 100 mW level - sorry I ever got rid of that radio! Above that was some sort of MFJ memory keyer that I don't even remember having!
Contrast that to 2004, when I built my K2:
I pretty much sold most of the other station off to buy the K2 among other things. I don't have the external autotuner anymore as I eventually purchased, built and installed the KAT2. The station is pretty much the same today with the addition of a few other keys besides the Hex key.
Same desk top - look at the space difference!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!