The M1VPN Shack is based around Yaesu Transceivers, and has been built over the last 10 years of operation.

Homebase Transceiver Equipment and Accessories

  • Yaesu FT-2000 - 160m to 6m HF Transceiver. (Home-base Radio)
  • Yaesu FT-847 + FC20 - 160m to 70cm Transceiver, including 4m. (Home-base Radio)
  • Yaesu FT-857D - 160m to 70cm Transceiver (Portable and Mobile Radio)
  • Yaesu VX-2E - 2m/70cm Transceiver (Hand Portable/APRS)

The FT-2000 is the home QTH radio, coupled to a Yaesu MD-200A8X microphone with a Yaesu VSPC and a Heil HC-4 DX Dream Machine insert in the spare bay.

The FT-847 is the home QTH HF/VHF and UHF radio, including 70Mhz (4m) and dedicated digital modes radio supported by a Tigertronics SignaLink-USB, via the data port and AEA PK-232 TNC for ISS Packet.

Antennae supporting the home station are :

  • 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, 10m - Hustler 6BTV DX Vertical (fed with DX Engineering VFCC H05 Balun)
  • Offset Center Fed Dipole - OCFD home designed and built. (80m - 6m) - See OFCD Dipole (Windom)
  • Solarcon A99 - WARC Bands and 10m.
  • Watson V-2000 Co-linear 6/2/70cm Vertical

Homebase transceivers are fed using SSB Comms Ecoflex 10 and a Palstar AT-2K HF Tuner to an 8w Remote Coax Switch. Antennas are fed with SSB Ecoflex 10.

Other Equipment

Array Solutions AIM 4170C VIA Antenna Analyser


Locator Information

Current Home QTH (2012 - )

  • Lat/Long : 50.48.53 N, 3.11.44 W
  • IARU : IO80jt
  • CQ Zone : 14
  • ITU Zone : 27
  • WAB Square : ST10
  • DXCC : 135

Previous Home QTH (2003 - 2011) - 50 44.930 N, 3 16.990 W - IARU IO80IR

Portable / SOTA Operation

The FT-857D is the main portable workhorse, and is used both portable when operating in SOTA and Backpackers, and as a mobile station coupled to a Yaesu ATAS-120A motorised antenna. This combination when configured correctly is excellent with the first contact after install being Brazil on 20m.

The following antenna's are used for portable operation;

  • 2m - Tonna 9-ele Portable Yagi Array
  • 2m - SOTA Beam 3-ele Portable
  • 6m - Moonraker 3-ele Yagi Array (modified for portable operation)
  • 4m - As 6m, but modified elements  and spacings.
  • 20m - Home-made SOTA Dipole (Pre-cut Inverted V configuration)
  • 20m - 40m - Home-made Dipole (Ladder-fed Inverted V configuration, tuned with SGC-211 Autotuner)
  • Yaesu ATAS-120A - mobile HF Screwdriver Antenna

Portable connectivity is via SSB Comms Aircell 7 or RG58U.