Updated last: October 30th 2014, 11:59 am UTC
Hi, my name is Andy. Thanks for stopping by!
I am licensed since the end of the 70s and work mostly on 80 and 40 but also a lot on 20m and 17m in SSB - chatting a lot on 40 and 80 but also doing DX-chatting on 20 and 17 meters. - I am NOT operating any contests and do NOT collect any QSLs - also not of any rare countries or islands. Again, a nice Q4 or Q5 conversation is all what counts to me - no matter if you are from Berlin, from Kathmandu, from San Francisco or from Christchurch New Zealand. You are welcome!
My favorite DX-spots are below 14.200 KHz (Extra class segment) or 18.150 KHz (+/- QRM). Our 80m-meeting point is 3.653 KHz.
Since early 2012 I also hold an US extra class "W6EAT". Whenever I'm back in the US I am also pretty active on 20m but also via D-Star (US-Trust, Reflectors 6C, 9C, 10C, 12A, 14C, 30C and during Hamvention on 38C)
Certainly HF remains my #1 activity and play ground even when I´m also doing D-Star (mobile and portable).
We build our own D-Star Network in our county "Schleswig-Holstein" over the last 2 years - today our network has 17 repeaters (and several more of others)......I am owning 8 repeaters on 2m and 70cm today, hosted at 4 different locations: At my qth "DB0EAT", in Laboe near our capitol Kiel "DB0DMB", near Heide "DM0HEI" and in Timmendorfer Strand "DB0MAR-B". In parallel I am SysOp of 16 repeaters in our county.
Over the last 2 years I built several more repeaters for other locations and friends. If you are interested in some more detailed information please visit either DB0EAT or W6EAT here on QRZ.com. In addition you find more information about some HF projects on my personal home page www.duessler.de.
More info about our latest D-Star repeaters are always here: http://www.qrz.com/db/DB0EAT
The take-off location: The compact Optibeam 9-5 does most of the jobs. It sits on a 70 foot motorized crank-up - since more than 10 years now. This beam replaced a KLM KT34-A and a Fritzel FB-53. I am still very satisfied with its performance and ruggedness. There are no moving elements, no traps, no coils, no compromises and it handles any higher power with ease! In addition it has ideal spacing on each band and since its full size it has maximum possible bandwidth - band by band.
The only downside is: It is an antenna made and optimized for our HAM-bands and it is only working there. It handles 5 bands but nothing in between, like SteppIR antennas do. But those have one fixed element spacing and have lots of moving parts...
Anyway, in our real world the location (the take-off) and the height of the beam (over real ground) is what finally counts - the brand and the technology comes second!
Snapshot of my current toys:
HF: Icom: IC-7700, 3 x IC-706MKIIG, Yaesu: FT-857D, FT-817ND, Kenwood: TS-870S, Perseus SDR, several Powermasters and LDG tuners
HF Antennas: 80/40m horizontal loop, additional 40m vertical quad in winter, Optibeam OB 9-5 (9 element / 5 band full size) on 20m, 70 foot crank-up tower
PAs: 2 x KSG 1300 (40 x BLW95), LV6 (GU43b), 8 x MRF157-PA (under construction), Ameritron ALS-500MX, 2 x 200W 2m Mirage, 120W 70cm Mirage
D-Star: 2 x ID-5100, 2 x ID-880, IC-92, IC-80, ID-51, Blue DV Dongle, Red DVAP Dongle, DV-RPTR V2 board, RaspBerry Pi-Hotspot
VHF / UHF / SHF (FM): TM-741, FT-8900. 2 x FT-7900, TH-79, Wouxun KG-UV2D, Alinco EC-10
VHF / UHF / SHF Antennas:
Yagis horizontal: (2m) FlexaYagi FX-224
Yagis vertical: (2m) FlexaYagi FX-205V - (70cm) 2 x FlexaYagi FX-7015 Array - (23cm) FlexaYagi FX-2304V
Verticals: (2m / 70cm) Procom CXL 2/70 C - (2m) Procom CXL 2/3 Cl - (70cm) Procom CXL 70/5 Cl
D-Star Repeaters: SysOp of 16 repeaters in North Germany - Owner of 7 repeaters at 4 different locations: DB0EAT-B, DB0EAT-C, DB0DMB-B, DB0DMB-C, DB0MAR-B, DM0HEI-B and DM0HEI-C
EchoLink Repeater: DB0EAT-L
Repeater antennas (all commercial): Ellerhoop: CXL 2/3 Cl, CXL 70/5 Cl - Laboe: CXL 2/70 C - Timmendorf: CXL 70/5 Cl - Heide: Kathrein 3dBd
Here are some pictures of my little playground:
Antennas after remodeling in Summer 2014:
The Repeater antennas of DB0EAT-B, DB0EAT-C and DB0EAT-L - top section on a stainless steel construction:
From a distance:
The IC-7700 - still a wonderful radio after many, many years in service. I bought it when it came out first right after Hamvention in 2007:
My RF-Lab in the basement:
The Amplifier room in our basement - no fans in my shack upstairs any longer....
On right of the picture you see 2 x KSG1300, fully solid state amps - capable to run in parallel with 10 professional rectifiers mounted in 2 separate cabinets. The picture was taken while both doors are open. On left you see the legendary LV6, a GU43b tube Amp with power supply underneath. On bottom, underneath the LV6 on the floor there is a prototype of a dual MRF157-Amp with build-in AT-1000 Pro LDG Tuner.
My little mechanical workshop in our basement:
One of my current projects - a new HF-amplifier based on 8 x MRF157.....this is one of the 4 modules:
A closer look at the 2 power-hogs:
Certainly Hamradio is not the only hobby in my life - there are a couple more....
Just one other: Riding my BMW K1200RS - here with Dirk, DL4BAM (right). Picture taken during our last tour 2013 in Dorumersiel:
And here is our final trip in 2014 on October 4th: After visiting Jens, DK8MIL and Reinhard, DL6BC we moved on to the North Sea coast...
Dirk, DL4BAM and Chris, DL6CL in Wilhemshaven.......Banana-Boat Ice-Cream at its finest!
Ready to start our trip back home - what a great day in Schlicktown-City....
Dirk, DL4BAM (on left) - Christian, DL6CL (middle) - Andreas, DL6EAT (on right)
Heading back home - here on ferry Blexen-Bremerhaven crossing the Weser river...
Meet you on HF (in SSB) or on VHF/UHF (in D-Star) on US-Trust (Home Reflector REF006C) - or in person during one of the bigger HAM-fests like Hamvention in Dayton, HamRadio in Friedrichshafen or Interradio in Hannover!
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