Hello from Eike (Ike) in Dresden !
The picture shows my spiderbeam in the family garden about 15 km from my home QTH. Just started the summer season 2010, my seventh spiderbeam season. In early 2009 I changed to the "heavy duty" version. The beam has these 14 wire elements : 10m:4ele/12m:2ele/15m:3ele/17m:2ele/20m:3ele with a added 30m-rotary dipole The construction consists of a premanufactured center, 4 fiberglass tubes 5m long each from five one meter long pieces, abt 100m Copperweld wire and a lot of isolators and ropes. It's working great and has a super forward/back ratio without losses from traps, baluns etc. The beam is feeded with one coax cable. Weight about 10 kg. Mounted in the garden on a 13m crank tower.The heavy duty version withstand the last winter season without any problem. I made succesfull tests with the tower as a 80m-vertical together with a lot of 20m long radials on the ground and used the spiderbeam as a toploadTogether with a secondhand TS-850 + an old AL-80AX (700W) + Laptop + FUNKAMATEUR-ONE-USB-Interface it makes a lot of fun to work DX in CW, SSB and digital modes. The last success were QSOs on 80m CW+SSB with K5D (#DXCC 329)und K4M on 30m CW (#DXCC 330). In the meantime I got the DXCC-160m mostly worked with this cranktower+10m army whip+a half FD4 as L-antenna+radials and a K9AY receiving antenna and the DXCC-SAT for my activities over AO-7, AO-10, AO-13, AO-40 and other satellites in the late 80s and the early 90s. At home I'm working with an Elecraft K3 (#3061) together with a ACOM-1010 (500W) and a hygain AV-640 vertical (40m till 6m).
Hope to meet you on any band in any mode ! 73s de Eike (Ike), DM3ML
Deutsche Hilfen: Ich habe eine Reihe an Hilfen für Amateurfunk-Programme vom Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzt.
The famous Frauenkirche in the centre of Dresden at the Neumarkt. Built by George Baehr between 1726 and 1743 and completly destroyed by the bombing of Dresden in World War II on Feb 13th 1945.
My QSL shows a actual picture of the historical site of Dresden viewed over the Elbe river at night (Brühlsche Terrasse,Schloss, Hofkirche, Semperoper)
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