Got infected with ham radio in spring 2010 when a buddie from the local Chaos Computer Club announced that he wanted to study for the ham exam and asked whether anybody would join him. Got licensed in 07/2010, knew that I wouldn't be able to install a large fixed setup at my QTH, so I got that little IC-7000 to be able to make a quick-and-dirty shack out of every place with whatever is at hand. "Quick" is important. I am a German and European patent attorney and time efficiency is paramount.
When I was still living in Aachen I always turned up at the local club station DL0BAC (OV G01 in Aachen) with a little suitcase containing my IC-7000 and RigBlaster to use it at the antennas there. Now that I moved from Aachen to Düsseldorf in 2014 - after 17 years at the previous QTH, a feat about as monstrous and complex as moving a Rhine bridge by 50 meters - I'm a frequent visitor at the OV R01 club station DL0DX to work rare DXCCs with their big antennas.
Started out on SSB. Know the Morse code letters but my brain still needs re-wiring so that I can copy code fast enough.
Since 01/2011 I'm into digimodes - mainly PSK and JT65 - and these have proven to be just perfect to coax the most out of limited QTH and antenna resources.
Icom IC-7000 is just perfect for nomadic operation. All modes except D-Star, all bands including 2 m and 70 cm in a small unit. Antenna is a PY1AHD Alexloop portable magnetic loop. It forms a Dream Team with the digimodes - it gives me some real DX at just 10 W out. The variable capacitor is tuned manually but this is no problem with digimodes! Coarse tuning by listening to PSK activity, fine tuning during a JT65 transmission and you get a decent SWR.
Portable operation at a mini-fieldday of OV G45 in Aachen
At present, HF antenna at home QTH is still my trusty Alexloop until I find a practicable alternative.
Antenna is a Diamond X50. I'm usually QRV on the DB0RTG D-Star repeater (Germany reflector), the local DB0SJ Düsseldorf FM repeater and/or directly on Echolink as node #6790.
DL1KID/P becomes PA/DL1KID/P becomes ON/DL1KID/P...
When I need paper, I send out paper direct. If you need paper, please tell me or send paper, and you get paper. For every new DXCC entity I need at least one paper or LOTW to make it count. I also use EQSL.CC.
At my previous QTH in Aachen I was lucky to have a 5 GHz connection to HAMNET, which gave me access to the packet radio network and much, much more. The connection was fast enough to install Linux over it.
View from my previous QTH over the roofs of Aachen centre
A solution for Düsseldorf is yet to be found. From my new QTH I'm looking into lush green all around, but I have no direct view of any HAMNET access points.
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