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My daily Ham activities here (and some other "nice" staff I hope) : http://f8afc.over-blog.com/

Proud owner of complete 5-band WAZ (200 zones, n�927)

A bit of history:

I obtained my call in 1996, following the steps of my dad, F5CKM, who very sadly passed away in June �07. He transmitted me his passion for the radio when I was a young kid, spending hours watching him behind his transceiver turning its buttons to catch a voice lost in the noise, climbing on the roof to install a new vertical / wire antenna, looking on a world map where these little rocks were. In the past few years, due to illness, he could not be active anymore, but he was still listening with care my �ham stories�, fighting in huge pile-ups such as for BS7H (remember?), contacting Antarctica with QRP conditions, looking at the new QSL arriving� I could read in his eyes his happiness. Radio was a way for him a way to escape his everyday constraining illness, and I'm sure that where he is now, he doesn't have to worry about SP or LP, grey-line, solar cycle or whatsoever anymore. He must just smile when he sees me turning the VFO to catch the low signal stations, or hunting new IOTA's and/or DXCC's, as he showed me how to, a couple of decades ago.

I dedicate the recently achieved full 5-band WAZ to him.

QRT for studies in 1999, back on the air in 2005, with a simple set-up (FT-920 + homemade G5RV). Slowly but surely upgrading the aerials/shack, hard to put up all I'd like to within 500m� garden with house in the middle wink

 

Today's working conditions are:

-Transceiver:

  • Yaesu FT-920 (100W) fitted with INRAD CW and SSB filters
  • MD-100 desk microphone and MFJ564 Iambic double paddle
  • TS450SAT as back-up rig

- Antennas

  • Hexbeam Hx5Bi @ 35 feet. Designed for 20/17/15/12/10, it also works for me on 6m with the internal TRX tuner.

  • Inverted-L antenna with 1 feeding point/1 radial system for 160/80/40/30m with
    • 13m vertical + 6m of sloping wire (roughly 45�)
    • Classical L/C trap at 9.5m agl for 40m : 5mm aluminimum coil from the ex-HF2V (about 5.5�H) and a parallel doorknob capacitor (100pF / 20KV). I can cover the entire 40m with less than 1.5:1 SWR.
    • Base-matching box with 3x 3PDT relays from Deltrol (375M) switching between bands and modes.
    • Parallel vertical radiator slightly center-loaded for 30m, and spaced about 50cm apart from the main radiator.
    • Radial system of about 40 radials of 10-15m long each

My goal was to improve low-band efficiency/bandwidth from a lenghtened HF2V + TBR160s that I had before (which was 13m high only). The antenna is now a full 1/4 inverted-L on 80m that enabled me to get my very last zone (z12)over the 200 on this band. Last summer modification was worthy !!!!! Thanks to the relays, I can also set the antenna in either CW or SSB portion of both 160m and 80m from the shack with less than 1.5:1 SWR, this is very convenient !

Many thanks AE5X, G4EZT and HA8LNN for either their excellent web-sites, or their time in answering my questions, or both wink

That was more than helpful !!!

 

  • Thinking (soon working) on a dedicated RX antennaBut still due to space restrictions, I can't even set-up a full-size K9AY

 

- Amplifier

  • Ameritron AL811H (mainly for the low bands). If needed, it can deliver flawlessly 500-600W out, enough !

 

- Accessories

  • Homemade HF Low-Noise preamplifier (0/20/40dB gain), including tunable HF preselector for each low-bands, see my blog for more info. Not used that much since there is no RX antenna so far. But I keep it precisously in case of.
  • MFJ1026 noise canceller, very useful for local noise cancelling with an RX antenna made of.10m long wire on the ground !
  • No PC in the shack here. When I go to make some radio, I do it the old way, with ears, fists or voice, not assisted !
    • This means
      • No digital modes;
      • No WebSDR / Skimmer or other PC-assistance fro trafic;
      • Paper logs only;

I'm living on top of a small hill (Loc IN98fe) with an almost 360� panoramic view. A big advantage for the radio, but a huge drawback due to the high winds (above 100 km/h sometimes).

I nevertheless remain modest and consider myself as a small pistol, but having a great fun breaking sometimes, big gun pile-ups, HI.

 

My motto:

- As my father always told me, a good antenna is ALWAYS the best amplifier in a station. I even like to run QRP sometimes.

- Always listen before call; it�s better to wait 10 minutes and get an answer after 1 or 2 calls than shouting 1 hour in vain.

- Courtesy: Don�t be upset if you miss a QSO and don�t make QRM because of your frustration. Give a chance for the �little pistols� like me to enjoy a good propagation opening if you don�t have it on your side.

- Chasing multiple-band DXCC and WAZ (owner of 5B-WAZ #1707, 200 zones reached thanks to XR0YY on 80m, 5th of Nov 2013), Antarctica stations, IOTA's.

- Start CW operations from Sept 2011, 160 & 30m from Sept 2012. A new world somehow.

- More and more addicted to low bandsBut that's hard !

 

My family:

Happy daddy of 3 "little" kids (resp 7,11 and 12 y.o.), it's hard sometimes to get some "spare" time for radio and homebrewing, but I do try.

 

QSL route: I only appreciate QSL'ing the old way (Paper QSL).

- French buro is working fine but, as for all buros, it requires a bit of patience (I send some QSL packages twice a year)

- Direct QSL to the above address is quicker of course. Contribution for direct QSL is NOT mandatory, but appreciated to speed up my answer. Postage costs have now reached up to 0.83 euros within EU, 0.98 Euros Worldwide. 1US$ or 1 new IRC would cover most of it, but once again, this is not mandatory.

If you have any question or whatsoever, please drop me an email!!!!

I hope to C U on the bands one of these days!

And don't forget : http://www.dx-code.org

73

Ronan, F8AFC

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