Moving to a new QTH in Germany, I will become a DL station shortly
My new QTH is in Haselunne/Eltern JO32SQ
I have a nice QTH with lot's of space for living and my hobby's
For the time being I am building up my new shack and if I am QRV mostly it will be based on my remote setup.
I have a nice shack with lot's of space. About 50 square meters should be enough.
My new shack, just after the table was build
A few moths later it looks likes this, some equipment installed but still more to come.
Shack almost ready, still need to work on my workbench for mechanical works and soldering
Next to do is building up my antenna's for tropo and EME
Planning to build up a 15 mtr tower with my 2.5 mtr dish for 23 cm and 13 cm and my 3 mtr EME dish for 6, 10 and 24 GHz.
Not sure if I will build up antenna's for tropo on the higher bands, will depend a lot of my take off, trees are much higher here than on my old QTH.
My new antenna system
Recently I managed to get a Versatower BP60 which is now setup temporarily in my
Its now on a stelcon plate and I am using it for a 2 mtr antenna
As experiment I mounted a
12 elements antenna on this tower to try how this is working
After building up the antenna I measured the Return Loss for the 2 mtr dx band better than 27 dB, very good.
This is the antenna on top of the Versatower
After one week I already made several nice QSO's with ODX of 1716 km with help of Es working SV8PEX
My antenna is still on my old QTH in the Netherlands JO22HB.
I can work on 23 cm using a remote system using internet and an easy setup
After I had some experience using an IC7100 transceiver remote
with an Microbit remote rig
The only doubts I had was the high power output of my IC7100
on my IF frequency 2 mtr.
The power output of the IC7100 can be reduced, but I was not convinced that this is a safe way to use it and I expected to blow my transverter with it.
After some search I found a used IC7100 on Ebay which was sold
as broken and total loss.
This picture shows the result of the blown PA, damage was very
heavy and beyond repair for the original VHF/UHF PA,
I made a small coax cable across the hole which gave me a
transmit power of a few 100 mWatt of 144 MHz on the output of the antenna plug
I wanted to use the IC7100 indicators for detecting my Power
Output so I made a connection from my 23 cm power meter DC detector
All was very simple to build and it worked just 2 weeks after I received the IC7100 with blown VHF/UHF PA.
Now I also needed to be able to turn my antenna remote,
I found an easy solution using an ERC interface:
Now I needed to switch on my 23 cm PA and drive amplifier on
via remote control,
With this remote setup I was QRV on 23 cm several times,
during contest or tropo propagation.
Building my new antenna for my 23 cm remote station
I started with the build-up of my new antenna mast.
The first 6 mtrs were erected in september 2016
Much too late I started again on the antenna mast, added 3 mtr
Added 3 more meters to the mast, now 12 meter high so my dish will be at 14 mtr