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Close to retirement(*) (quite sure I will not make it)  Now living with callsign PA1DAN (which is my name). For a living I run a small but specialized IT company (business software development and wearable software design and production). Besides my interest in all aspects of conventional radio technology, which was very much seeded by my late Father, I am into music as a piano/keyboard player, Jazz and jazz.

My QRZ.com log is not updated in real-time. All log entries go into HRD first and once in a week or so they will be exported to the QRZ.com logbook.

Shack :

Antennas : 10 M folded experimental dipole (inside the attick), Dual band VHF/UHF stick omnidirectional on 10 meters height and a HyEnd Fed for 10 11 20 and 40 meters. For some other bands a Diamond BB6W. On a rotator a 2 element 6 meter Yagi, 12 element quad for 70cm and a 4 element quad for 2 meters. Recently added a magnetic loop antenna from Ciro Mazzoni (midi, 80-20 meters).

Sets : For VHF/UHF a Kenwood TM-V71E (but I consider dropping VHF/UHF/SHF completely in my shack). For HF operation I use a Yaesu FT-DX5000MP. The best value for money. This set will only be purged from my shack after my death.

For mobile I use a Yaesu FTM-400. In the Netherlands however, C4FM and System Fusion is not that popular yet, leaving me analog in my car.

The FT-DX5000MP is a great set, and HRD is not really needed for operation. All common controls are knobs and buttons, no menus. Ah well, there are lots of menu config items, but once set to your preferences they can be forgotten.

And all the stuff is guarded by this huge and dangerous black shepard by the name of Axel :

 

 

This is my 6M/VHF/UHF antenna stack. Took me a day to mount it all and get everything perfect. For this kind of work I usually rent a machine to bring me (and all the stuff) up and down during the job. But for cable guidance I had to climb the roof....

It consists of a 2,5 meter steel pole to carry the rotator and mast. Most of it is between the clamps.

On the rotator a 3 meter steel pole is mounted with from top to bottom a dual band omnidirectional, then a 12 element 70 cm quad, a 6 meter Yagi and below a 4 element 2 meter quad.

You can see two of my HF antenna's mounted on the stationary part of the stack, a 10-20-40 meter HyEndFed and a BB6W for all other HF bands. The 10-20-40 runs to a secundary pole and the BB6W to a corner of the roof .

In spite of the limited space I have for antennas I managed to stretch the 10-20-40 meters HyEndFed diagonally over my premises.

This turns out to work great. I measured all out with Google Earth and never used measuring tape when planning :) All fitted exactly when mounting the poles and wires.

  

Layout of my antenna park and a shot of my magnetic loop. The loop covers 80-20 meters and works fantastic.

*) Ah well, 12 11 10 9 8 7 years to go :)

 

 

 

A nice picture of Amsterdam by night. Here some scenes of the movie "Amsterdamned" were shot.

And an old photograph of the city Utrecht, the town where I was born in 1957.

73 de PA1DAN

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