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Although the standard rig is IC-7400 I like older equipment, preferably tube gear like my Drake 2-B, EICO 723, Viking Valiant or Eddystone 830. Sometimes I wipe the dust off my Heathkits HW-100 and SB-102 and even use an old Geloso VFO barefoot. On another shelf are TS-515, TS-930S and DX-70. Homemade power amplifiers run 1 kW on HF, 300 W on VHF and 130 W on UHF. The multiband HF antenna is a modified Fritzel FBDX-506 (director added) with three active elements on 14-28 MHz and two on 10 MHz. Above it there are a 3-el for 50 MHz, a 15 el for 144 MHz, a 16 el. for 432 MHz and a rotary dipole for 7 MHz. An inverted-V dipole works on 3.5 MHz and a bottom-fed guy wire is used on 1.8 MHz. Unfortunately, the wooden area behind my house is not my property.

The workshop is well-equipped with surplus instruments and boxes are filled with components and unfinished projects to keep me busy now when I am retired after my teaching profession. Homebrewing, repairing and modifying have always been important branches of my radio hobby since I was licensed in 1962 as SM4DFF.

I am active on all bands 1.8-432 MHz, I have all the present DXCC-entities confirmed after 51 years of hamming and the DXCC Challenge score is 2583 p. Fast CW is my favourite mode. My ham website, http://hem.fyristorg.com/sm5dff, is written in the Swedish language but contains a lot of photos of my gear. It also has a link to another site of mine showing my collection of old broadcast radios.

View from hilltop south of me. Airfield in the background.


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