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May 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every now and then during the summer QRV portabel, or as operator from the Royal Swedish Tech Museum Station - SK0TM. This to avoid radio/QSO abstinence and other unpleasant "away from radio" diseases  :)

My Old Op position Closed for Re-Build during summer!

Station closed for  major re-build to improve both antennas and station itself. Goal is to be back on-air september-october, with a SO2R set-up in place, further details below.


Hi, Thx for looking me up, SE3X - Sierra Echo 3 X-Ray!

This is the Contest and DX call for SA3BYC  name Johan, for simplicity I often go by "John" on the air in English.  I'm located in Åre, a skiresort, 700 km north of country capitol Stockholm and only appr. 60 km east of the Norwegian border. On the mountain side, 520 m above sea level, it's ideal for radio operation.

QSL info - Very Important!!   I'm not a collector of paper QSL cards and strongly encourage everyone to start using modern electronic QSL systems instead. Please stop sending me QSL cards I haven't asked for!   I will NOT reply just because you are sending your cards to me and everyone in the whole World! That's your business! I can not afford to send Qsl cards to everyone.

Instead all my contacts will be confirmed and uploaded to e-QSL, LoTW , HRD log and Club log on a regular basis, i.e. every week.  If you are a paper-chaser I will only send paper QSL direct, Pse e-mail me for information! I just  received the new postal rates and a direct card will from January 2015 cost 2,50 Euro (expensive? well, it barely cover my cost).


Last QSO's from my main log (Thnx to HRD and HRD logg)

My LOTW statistics (confirmed/worked):   All band DXCC: 130/163.  5 band DXCC (80/40/20/15/10/6m): 45/69/78/88/84/3.   WARC band (17/12m) DXCC: 47/18.   All band WAS: 38/50,  All band WPX: 1001    All band Challenge: 432 


SE3X Set-Up & Schack

Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-450DE, Dunestar SO2R switch, MFJ-1707 RF sense TX/RX switch, microHAM USB III, PA Amp Supply LK-450 (3-500Z), LDG-1000 ATU, MFJ-826B digital SWR meter.  Several power supplies, Kenwood, MAAS, inter-connected for redundancy.

I have 3 PC's and a laserprinter/scanner connected in a shack WLAN with a common back-up hard drive. Internet via mobile connection, no fixed Internet out here,  router and firewall.

  • PC1; Radio 1 -rigcontrol and log software (DELL Intel i3, 3.4 GHz)
  • PC2; Radio 2 -rigcontrol and log software  (Lenovo Quadcore, 2.2 GHz)
  • PC3; mini PC attached to a 26" screen for Cluster and DX-Atlas, wallmounted

I use mini keybords from Logitech to preserve deskspace. In front of Op position in eye sight height I have 2 monitors; 22" Wide Screen and 19". Also a 26" wall mounted TV/PC monitor on right side of the Op table.   Software used: N1MM & MMTTY, Log4U for local contests. HRD as main logg, DX-Atlas and Kenwood ARCP-590. Win XP and Win 8.1 as OS.

Antennas

Mast 1; wire-antennas: 80/40  m dipole on top @ 12 m, 40/15 m wire-vertical and 20 m wire-vertical both with elevated radials @ 3,5 m agl. 

Mast 2;  3 element, tribander short boom Yagi for 10, 15, 20 m @ 10 m (today fixed at NA).

Loop 1: 80,5 m, horizontal, @ 3-5 m agl. (can be switched in as RX antenna) 10 - 80 m.

SE3X Future Set-Up

Working hard to improve my station this year, loads of work, tons of money ... Final goal, SO2R Set-Up ...

Most of the equipment already in the schack, some installed, some waiting for installation. Still on the shoppinglist: RX Guard and splitter for RX antenna, another MAAS SPS 25A (dedicated FT-450DE), Dummy Load, Six Pack antenna switch, SPID Rotator and Hexbeam from SP7IDX.

Took a few snapshoots with the iPad, not the best of cameras, just to give you an idéa on what i look's like. It's really Compact living ... my space is about 1.8 x 2m. But I like to have everything within reach, so it suits me fine.

Will make a shelf for the PA, moving it up a bit, making room for the Trx to be placed under it. Moving the main Trx, TS-590S, to this position. My new SO2R switch will go in the center betwen monitors to be right in front of the Op position.

When my FT-450DE returns from service, it will move back to it's original position where the TS-590S is today. Cleaning up the switch mess, new Six-Pack SO2R switch will be installed. With the new switch I will increase my antenna capacity to 6 antennas and 2 radios.

No radio for 2m / 70cm today. There are a couple of repeaters for local rag chew within reach, so have to do something about it. Have space to the left both on the shelf and under the shelf. Have a couple of mobile stns in storage and gonna put one of them there.

Not shown is the part of the room behind the Op position. Just put up some shelfs on the wall besides door. Will give me space to organize the "Office part" of my hobby. You know, manuals, books etc etc. The two cubboards to the right will be refurbished with shelfs for parts, tools and such.

But main focus for the summer is antenna work. Will do a major make over of my antennas. Much focus on improving my low band performance, as well as DX capacity on 10 - 20m. If I can get the funds for it I would like to change my mini-beam for a SP7IDX Hexbeam. That would improve my signals on all bands betwen 10 to 20m, and add 6, 12 and 17m as well. If time allows, I will try to ge something in the air for 160m.

Coming closer and closer to my dream schack ...  I hope to be ready for action in late autumn when the contest and low band season re-starts.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Op. Johan

 

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