On the picture above you can see the best part of my setup. As you can see it is oriented to SAT QSOs.
On the left there is 2x9el. TONNA cross-yagi RHCP with gain 13.1 dBi
On the right there is Cushcraft 719B 19el. Yagi with gain 15.5 dBi
Both are mounted on AlfaSpid azimuth and elevation RAS rotator, computer controlled.
There is also 2m preamplifier (SP-2000 from SSB Electronics).
Mast is of a special kind, it is standing on the roof by means of gravity. Calculations show it can withstand 175 km/h wind and sooner will slide than fall. Mast is connected to steel grounding 8mm diameter wire.
Then there is 40m coax cable (RF-10 cable, similar to H-1000) and my radio shack.
Before cables go into house, there is grounding plate with antenna feeder lighting protection devices. I can disconnect all cables if storm is coming (which is quite often a case during spring and summer in SP).
My radio shack is the smallest room in the whole house, and inside there is quite modest equipment.
My main rigs are classical old-timers: Kenwood TR-751A (2m All Band 25W) and TR-851A (70cm All Band 25W). There is also small handy and YAESU FT-817ND. Nice additions are external DSP (BHI NEIM1031) and 2m VLA-200 amplifier. Not shown on the picture is a rotator controller.
My station is sometimes used by me in remote mode (in that case FT-817ND is used), which configuration I am using mainly to receive FUNcube-1 satellite telemetry. You may find me on the ranking list: http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/ranking.html (look to the top, HI)
►My main activity are SAT QSOs. So far I worked on: RS10, RS12, RS13, F0-29, SO-50, VO-52, AO-7, AO-73, LituanicaSAT-1
►Quite often I receive telemetry and pictures from HAB (High Altitude Balloons): http://spacenear.us/tracker/
►I managed to receive some SSTV pictures from space, long time ago from MIR Space Station, recently from ISS (examples below).
►That is so far my longest distance QSO with K3SZH, 7055 km via AO-07 (still waiting for confirmation):
►EME for my little station is challenging task, but so far I managed to have a number of SWL and I also have a first EME QSO done (with great support form SP4K):
►With SP5MG I was among the very first users of FUNcube-1 linear transponder on 23-11-2013 at 20:44.
►Another recording: EVA-33 on ISS, recorded 2013/06/24 19:35 -19:42 UTC
My other hobby is astronomy. I have built my own observatory where I take astrophotography pictures of a deep space. Here are some examples of my photos:
Please do not hesitate to e-mail me if you need a sked.
See you on SAT, or maybe one day on EME,
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