Ham radio is an old and almost forgotten hobby that I restarted in 2014. It's not clear to me what exactly I want with this hobby. I started with the ambition to: communicate on as long a distance (DX) as possible with radio telegraphy (CW) using the least power possible (QRP) with homebrew technology. In short back to the basics of how radio started using a battery as power source.
In the meantime I experienced that 'homebrew technology' is too ambitious for me. I'm not good in soldering and building HF equipment requires precision, experience and reliable measuring equipment.Now that we are a few years later, I still don't know what I want with hamradio. Below you can still find the adventures of an apprentice, but I will not continue this series of articles.
My callsign is PG7H and my shack consists of:
- a Yaesu FT847 with max. 100W power, I still only use CW but 25W is more than enough for me,
- a homebrew dipole antenne of 11 meters beaming East-West at about 10 meters above the ground for HF
- 10 meters coax indoor + common shoke + 1:1 balun + 10 meters open feedline (300Ω),
- a Yaesu antenne tuner FC-902, which helps tuning on 30, 20 and 10 mtr bands (SWR 1:1,2 or even better),
- a standard 2m/70cm whip antenne on a metalplate of ,5 m2 in the attic for VHF,
- a Noris SWB-2 antenne tuner for VHF,
- 3 morsekeys,including the one that my brother built in 1972,
- a Tentec 1320 QRP CW transceiver with max. 3W power,
- a homebrew speaker,
- a Linux Mint pc with:
- websdr Twente to have a bandwide view on the activity on the band I'm working on,
- CQRLOG software with a link to the Yaesu FT-847 for TRX control, QSL synchronization with LotW and eQSL, a link to QRZ.com to see the details of my counterstation.