The AARC Club Station is located at 5923 Rowan Street in Anchorage. The facility is home to multiple HF stations with a wide range of capabilities, an office area a satellite station, a technician shop area, a garage bay capable of parking our MTV and Ford pickup, a VHF RMS, MESH node, multiple 2 meter, 220 MHz, and 440 MHz voice and data stations, and HughesNet satellite internet station. Our two tower/power trailers are housed outside in a secure area under a weather cover, and multiple antenna systems are installed on the roof of the building or attached to a Rohn 30’ tower attached to the north side of the building.
Our main station. There are two HF (High Frequency) operating positions here (there is also a VHF radio for local communications).
|The left side has an Elecraft KX3 transceiver. The KX3 is a low power, high quality portable radio. In this location it feeds a 100 watt amplifier.||The right side has an Elecraft K3 transceiver. It puts out 100 watts that is fed into an external power amplifier.|
|1 – Elecraft KX3 transceiver This is a low power (10 watt) lightweight (1.5 lbs) portable transceiver.|
|2 – Daiwa CN-801 SWR and Power Meter|
|3 – DCR8 Dual Switch Controller|
|4 – Elecraft KXPA100 Amplifier|
|5 – S.A.M.S. – Swiss Antenna Matching System – A manual antenna tuner.|
|6 – Hy-Gain Antenna Rotator Direction Controller Plus|
|7 – BridgeCom VHF Radio|
|8 – SteppIR FLUIDMOTION Antenna Controller. The SteppIR Antenna has moving elements like a tape measure that move within a hollow tube. When you change the frequency on the antenna controller, the length of the antenna will change.|
|9 – The N8LP SteppIR Tuning Relay detects when your SteppIR antenna is actively tuning and blocks your amplifier from inadvertently operating until tuning is complete.|
|10 –SCS Tracker / DSP TNC – TNC (Terminal Node Controller)|
|11 – PC Monitor|
|12 – 2nd PC Monitor|
|13 – microHAM micro KEYER II|
|14 – Elecraft K3 Transceiver|
| 15- Daiwa CN-801 SWR and Power Meter
Same as #2 on the map.
|16 – Black Box Switch|
|17 – SCS P4 Dragon DR-7800 This is a modem that is used to transfer computer data over HF radio. Used for Winlink.|
|18 – ACOM 200A – Remote display for a high power amplifier|
|19- Large Panadapter display (A panadapter is device that allows you to visually see the RF spectrum and waterfall being received by the ham radio.)|
|20 – Elecraft P3 Panadapter|
|21- Bencher iambic Paddle – Used for Morse Code|
|23 – Cantenna Dummy Load|
|24 – Pile ‘O Cables|
|25 – PC|
When we say that we have a satellite station, we have dual aligned antennas that are mounted on two antenna rotators, so that we can track a satelite as it moves across the sky.
North Side of the Building
We have a 30 foot Rohn tower with a SteppIR yagi antenna mounted on a rotator, a vertical antenna, along with mesh node antennas. The antenna cables and control cables are routed through PVC elbows to separate them from each other and to protect them from the edge of the roof.