Shack & Co.


mast.jpgMy antennas: A "Hummelmasten Teletower Jumbo" mast carries the Mosley TA-33 3-element beam for the shortwave bands (10m, 15m and 20m) , the 9-element F9FT Yagi antenna for 2m and the two Diamond omnidirectional antennas X-300N and X-50N for FM.

The embedded picture shows the grounding for the coaxial cables (click here for large view) , equipped with Diamond Antenna coaxial lightning surge protectors.


Me during the assembly of the TA-33M beam. A great relief and the highlight of the Hummel masts: The antenna park is mounted on a "sled" and can be lowered down to ground level using a hoist.

Thus, antenna works are possible at any time and without much effort. In addition, i can bring the antennas out of the "danger zone" during a storm.

gesamt.jpgMy equipment: In the right corner you can see the Kenwood TM-V71E VHF / UHF transceiver for the local round and relay operation, the Stabo XF-4012N CB radio with Kenwood TH-F7E handheld radio on top and Yaesu FT-857D multiband / multimode Transceiver with the LDGs FT-Meter.

Nearby the LDG "AT-200PRO" automatic tuner and the Yaesu FT-2900 on top, the Icom IC-718 HF transceiver with microHAM USB Interface III and antenna control Yaesu G-1000DXC. On top of all you can see the Alinco DM-330MWII power supply which supplies the entire station with power as well as the FA Station Manager designed by DH8BQA.

ic718.jpgMy absolute favorite rig is the Icom IC-718 HF-Transceiver. It carried my signal more than once arround the globe.

With powerful 100 Watts of maximum output, a DSP-Module and a SSB-Filter it is a pleasure to operate.

For an optimal tuning, my shack is equipped with a LDG AT-200Pro automatic tuner, for clear PSK and RTTY signals, the microHam USB-Interface III is my first choice.

ft2900.JPGThe Kenwood TM-V71E, a VHF/UHF Dualband transceiver, is a very beautiful rig.

His powerful maximum output of 50 Watts on both bands paired with a nice receiving unit makes it "the choice for the Isetal circle", which is now grown nearly to round about 100 to 150 kilometers of range.



DK9CA/m: Making some QSO on 80 meters. On the picture, you can see the Outback antenna, but i do not use it anymore.

For 10 and 15 meter operations, i use a Wilson 1000 vertical or some homebrewed wire antennas. For VHF and UHF bands i use a Diamond MR770 BR.

On fielddays i use my 7.5 meter high WiMo portable mast and my Hari 3-Band Dipole.

A good comrade: The Yaesu FT-857D rig is a very good choice for mobile activity. I use a LDG YT-100 antenna tuner for my mobile operations.


fieldday1.JPGOur "Isetal-Fieldday" in 2011
We have rebuild our tent and our stations to the wind power plant in Obernholz, we jokingly call it "our fog mixer".
The highlight of the site: Here we have a height of 114 meters above "wet feet" and the operator of the facility provides us with "self-mixed", environmentally friendly electricity.
In the "German fieldday-scene", we have with a probability bordering on certainty "the greatest", well, generator i think...

fieldday_mast.JPGMy antenna setup for the weekend:
The 7.5 meters high "Wimo"-portable mast with short-wave dipole for the 10, 15 and 80 meters bands.

On top of the mast, radio buddy Ingo (DO7ORA) mounted his Diamond X300 for VHF and UHF operation.

fieldday_shack.JPGMy Station: Icom IC-718 HF TRX with SM-20, CG-Antenna Interface, the Z-100Plus antenna tuner.

I have dedicated myself to the digital modes on HF. The laptop is equipped with HamRadioDeluxe, HamLog, DM-780 and the Internet via T-Mobile UMTS network. So you can make operations in the domestic as in the home Shack, but without the "antenna restrictions". smile.png

My Yaesu FT-857D was awarded to Daniel DL1OFC that day, who was making SSB operations on 2 meters and the upper HF bands.

fielddayMe.JPGMe, DK9CA operating on the HF station. In PSK-31 and Telegraphy, despite the "sluggish" radio weather conditions, i got some nice contacts to South Africa, USA, Brazil, Canada and Bulgaria this day.

In this circumstance certainly the exposed site was not entirely innocent.

fieldday_over.JPGThe fieldday operators (from left): Ingo, DO7ORA and Daniel, DL1OFC.

Sadly, not in the picture is Michael, DF2OK who sat next to me.