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Our home station is not very elaborate.  We run an Icom 7600 for HF work and a Kenwood TM-D700 for VHF/UHF.  We don't have a tower, yet so our HF antennas are usually some variation of stacked dipoles hanging from the tall trees in our yard and masts on our house.  We do have one commercial HF antenna, a Cushcraft R9 verticle.  Our VHF/UHF antenna is a Ringo Ranger II attached to a mast on our chiminey.  Our elevation is ~450' above sea level in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.  Our home station is completely powered by solar power via a pair of 145W panels on our roof which keep four deep cycle marine batteries charged via a 30Amp Morningstar charge controller.

Away from home we have HF and VHF/UHF rigs in our vehicles.  Tammy's Jeep Rubicon runs HF via an Icom IC-7000 and a home brew HF antenna.  The Home brew HF antenna consists of 1.5" PVC pipe as a hand wound coil to allow better matching with the 102" whip on 40 and 80 meters.  An Icom random wire tuner is required to complete the match.  She also has a Kenwood TM-D700 for VHF/UHF and APRS.  My Jeep Rubicon (we both enjoy backroad/offroad driving if you had noticed by our choice of vehicles) is equipted with an Icom 7000 and uses a Stealth Telecom 9310 Series antenna for HF and a dual band antenna for VHF/UHF.

For portable operations we usually run our Yaesu FT817ND or FT-991A and Buddipole for HF work and a pair of Yaesu VX-8R's with APRS for VHF/UHF.  The ability to operate portable is one of our favorite aspects of amateur radio and the FT-817 is my favorite radio, being so it has its own page on this site.