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Rein Snoek, PA4URK, is HAM licensed since the late eighty's. As most radioamateurs he started with listening shortwave, playing with CB and then went for getting his D, C, B and A-license at the end. CW he learned on board the fishing vessel of his brother Jacob where he worked these days as a first mate with GMDSS-license, listening to tapes with da-di-da-music.


He swapped is first A-call, PA3GGF, to PA4URK so his suffix and QTH Urk went equal. The more than one thousand years old fishing village of Urk, is a former island in the middle of the Zuiderzee and now situated at the east boarders of the IJsselmeer, the big lake in the centre of The Netherlands.



The Lockheed-Martin JSF F-35 fighter above the lighthouse of Urk during the Dutch testflights from Airforce base Leeuwarden.

During a period with less activity because of extreme HF-interference in the shack he was building HiFi tube amplifiers for hobby, but his radioactivity came back again after he moved to a new house with his wife and daughter.


Rein (1961) listened to all bands on a Skanti R-5001 after he sold his good old Racal RA-17 former Dutch navy receiver. He is working other ham's on a Yaesu FT-990 and before this nice transceiver he owned a Kenwood TS-430S, a Yaesu FT-767GX and on eighty a Heathkit singleband transceiver type HW-12. Rein likes 'old stuf', especially old maritime equipment and therefore a member of the Dutch Surplus Radio Society (SRS).


The antenna which Rein uses for the high bands from fourty to ten meters is an eight meter long Comrod AT82T vertical antenna which is normally used for maritime purposes.


At the feedpoint of the vertical a CG-3000 autotuner is tuning the high bands with five ten meter long radials laying down on the flat roof. For the lower bands PA4URK uses a nearly 35 meter long end-feeded wire antenna which is tuned by 1:4 UnUn build by ON7FU and from here a coaxial cable is lead to a Yaesu FC-902 antennatuner. For local two meter purposes and the maritime VHF band Rein is using a small Kenwood set with a Kathrein antenna. Rein is also a volunteer at one of the lifeboats of the Dutch maritime rescueorganisation KNRM.




Another hobby of PA4URK is playing footbal as a defender in his saterday afternoon team called 'Nortec'. Rein is kneeling at the most left side on the picture. His brother Jacob (with cap) is standing the fifth of the left, he died march this year (2016) of the effects of cancer.



The shack of PA4URK during the first part of 2014 with his former Dutch Navy Racal receiver and Yaesu FT-767GX.


Above left a Radio Becker Sirius with two Philips QE 08/200 tubes in the amplifier. This transmitter and receiver were used during the early seventy's on board of Dutch fishing- and merchant vessels. Right the very rare Simrad PB-2, 100 watts AM which Rein owned for twenty years whereafter he sold it to a Dutch radioamateur for restauration. Detail: Rein obtained it years ago from an former fisherman in exchange for a bottle of Frisian Bitter called Sonnema Beerenburg.                 


Above the nice looking Heathkit tube set, type HW-12. Complete with HP-23 power supply, working very well with good signals up to 9+10 dB in north of Finland (SOLD). 


The Racal RA-3011A, former Dutch Navy, one of the best receivers ever made and ever owned by PA4URK (SOLD)!

The old Heathkit on top of the Skanti R-5001 which replaced the Racal. The Skanti was bought from Christiaan PA3FUN and

is a very nice receiver to listen to, especially on the maritime filtered upper side band mode (SOLD).

The shack of Rein is changing all the time. This is another purchase of PA4URK: a Debeg 3120T maritime SSB (USB and LSB) transceiver complete with automatic antennatuner.

Unfortunately it has no AM in the transmitting mode, only on the maritime emergency frequency of 2182 kHz.

The Debeg gives 270 watts on all amateurbands and is working surprisingly well (SOLD).

Another catch is an almost in new condition appearing Clansman PRC-320, an excellent radio with 30 watts in USB on the high power and just 3 watts in low power mode. It also has AM and Rein is using it on the new 60 meter band to contact other hams. With the low power in SSB mode he worked Servia and Russia with 58 and the US east coast with 57 on high power.

In the picture below the PA4URK shack in march 2016 with the successor of the Yaesu FT-767GX: the Yaesu FT-990.

The recently placed Wellbrook loop ALA1530 in the garden which will be soon overgrown by Hydera so it will be invisible in the future. The Wellbrook was bought for receiving 160 till 80 without noise and is working well.


The last radio Rein obtained was a very nice and good working Sailor RE2100 with it's T2130 250 watts amplifier. It took some time to get it working because the cable between the 2100 and 2130 was cut off on board the Belgian fishing vessel where it came of. But with mental help of PA3ERO and IS0RYD it consists now over all ham bands as well LSB and AM modulation. This Sailor radio is a very nice one with a very good sounding modulation (SOLD). At the right there is a picture of an old Sailor T126 transmitter, R105 receiver, H225 antenna switch and R501 watchkeeping receiver in the former shack of PA4URK at the early 2000's (SOLD).

December 2016: An old Siemens E309 arrived into the shack but this heavyweight of 38 kilograms appeared to be as deaf as deaf can be. A broken resistor caused the problem but it is nearly impossible to enter the HF housing of the EF93 tube. An emergency repair with bypass brought the Siemens back alive but it needs to be opened to make a definitive repair. The reception of this receiver which is as old as PA4URK himself is however very well (FOR SALE).

Recently Rein was searching for a mint Heathkit SB-102 and he obtained one from Harrie, PE1JXI. The nearly fifty years old tubetransceiver was in very good shape and complete with the corresponding speaker SB-600 with power supply HP-23. Harrie cleaned the transceiver, believe it or not, with water and soap and dried it after this job with a heatgun. The Heathkit was overhauled completely and the result was great! 






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