Category Archives: Equipment

CW-Fieldday & WRTC antenna tests

Spent the weekend up in JO73 again. Met with Paul, DL5CW, Falk, DK7YY and locals Heiko, DG1BHA, and Uwe, DL3BQA. Wanted to do some antenna setup testing for WRTC 2018 which Paul is the Antenna Director for. Lots of stuff to … Continue reading

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Antenna work on Aruba

Quite good progress on antenna work during the last two days. Pictured left are Ben, DL6RAI (left), and John, W2GD (right), on two of the towers. They both arrived Monday evening here on Aruba to take care of the antennas. Ben is … Continue reading

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STEW PERRY TBDC 2015

After being at the station anyway I decided to take some time to also install my RRC-Micro again which was just laying around after some initial tests and a review in FUNKAMATEUR magazine a few years ago. I really do … Continue reading

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Fixing issues: Remote Ops VDSL internet connection

As you know my station at home is remote controllable. I’ve been doing remote ops for 7 years now and the station’s (remote) capabilities have been constantly expanded throughout all the time. One major change I did was installing a … Continue reading

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Marconi Memorial Contest … and QRV on 2 m again

Just seeing I didn’t report on this blog that my 2 m PA used for remote ops had failed. 🙁 It happened right after the early October tropo. Returning from taking a nap on 4 October when switching on the amp … Continue reading

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QRP in the WPX-CW using the Elecraft KX3

My motivation to participate full-time and high power in the WPX-CW was quite low this time. Currently I’m rather in “VHF mood” enjoying 6 & 4 m as well as waiting for more Sporadic E on 2 m during my holidays. … Continue reading

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Building a 50 MHz notch filter with coax cable

Holidays now! 😎 Decided to visit my goddaughter Anna-Lena (now 4 years old or better young ) near Frankfurt/Oder. Her father is my good friend Sandro, DD3SP. While there he mentioned interference of S5 to S7 between his 50 and … Continue reading

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Temporary permit to use 4 m in DL again! :-)

German BNetzA informed today (Amtsblatt 8/2015, Mitteilung Nr. 412/2015) that they allow German class A radio amateurs to operate on 4 m again during the upcoming Sporadic E season. 😎 Effective from today the permit is valid until 31 August 2015 … Continue reading

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Antennas, antennas, antennas

Been busy the week before Easter with some antenna work. Weather was just awful with heavy storms and even snow on two mornings! So I prepared the new 6/4 m Dualband Yagi indoors and could only mount it on Good … Continue reading

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DAØHQ in July’s VHF contest 2014

We had the honor to activate DAØHQ on 2 m during last weekend’s VHF contest. DAØHQ is the German Headquarters station during next weekend’s IARU HF World Championship. So we used the call to be active on 2m, too, and hand … Continue reading

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DRCG-WW-RTTY

I have not done any serious RTTY contesting in the past. Have been chasing a few DXpedition slots on RTTY lately using the built-in features of the K3 or IC-7100, i.e. sending RTTY from memories. Using this method I also … Continue reading

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Holiday activities … getting things done

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. Reason is simple: I am on holiday 700 km away from home in JO73, about a hundred kilometers north-east of Berlin, where we have our contest station. Have been busy doing … Continue reading

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Kenwood CAT banddecoder

Just got around to write a few lines concerning our Kenwood CAT banddecoder. It was published in FUNKAMATEUR issue FA 10/13 and all project parts like PCB layout, firmware, etc. are available for free for private use (sorrily no complete kits … Continue reading

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Melting more solder … 10×2 Antenna Controller

  Last year I published a few articles on station automation in FUNKAMATEUR magazine. One of them (FA 5/13) was about a 6×2 antenna controller unit I had developed that allows using a 6×2 antenna switch from two different shacks … Continue reading

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All Elecraft remote station coming …

I have been a user of the Elecraft K3 for about 5 years now and really like the radio, UI, performance, etc. Never had a radio for such a long time (except my little “Swiss knife”, the Yaesu FT-817), usually … Continue reading

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Automatic 4 x 1 antenna switcher page added

Having had a few minutes time tonight I decided to add another project page to this website: BX-162 automatic 4×1 antenna switch controller. I developed it a few years ago to automatically control a 4 x 1 antenna switch that … Continue reading

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HA1YA transverter & DFØFA 2 m contest results May ’14

Condx were poor, lots of long and slow QSB, i.e. stations calling with s3 signals and vanishing into the noise, returning only 1-2 minutes later. Made it hard to work real DX, a lot of the usual suspects missing this … Continue reading

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FA-SM and sequencer pages added

Making some progress in adding content to this new website. Managed to transfer the pages for the FA-SM as well as the sequencer tonight. The FA-SM aka FUNKAMATEUR Station Manager is a versatile station accessory uniting a 4 memories voice … Continue reading

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BX-184 – voice keyer in MH-31 microphone enclosure

Just added the description of my MH-31 microphone integrated voice keyer into this website’s WordPress design. All other content is still available on the old pages. To convert everything and make it fit, i.e. good looking, takes a bit of … Continue reading

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ARRL-DX-SSB – quite a fun weekend!

Just returned from my 2 x 700 km roundtrip to the contest station. Have been active in the ARRL-DX-SSB contest as planned. Here’s my report … Equipment Elecraft K3, PA and 160m lazy loop, 80 & 40 m dipoles @ … Continue reading

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