May 042014
 

Saturday and today we had the first contest from the new shack.

Johan PE9DX, Peter PA4PS and PA1T where the operators.
We found some problems before the contest which we could partly solve. The rx from one of the 3 towers is poor. I solved it temporary with an extra preamp. I think the problem is in the big coax relay in the tower.
During the contest I found out hat swr of the antennas in tower two became bad. I think this also could be a relay in that tower. Conditions were not very good. We made 500 qso’s. The biggist suprise was a qso with 9A8D for 1227 km.
I have a lot of work to do before the next contest.

Johan Pe9dx behind the radio. Peter PA4PS in the front.

Johan Pe9dx behind the radio. Peter PA4PS in the front.

PA4PS at the radio.

PA4PS at the radio.

 

Apr 192014
 

The last weeks I was busy running cables – coax, rotator and switching – from the old barn shack to the new one. Especially the 144MHz meter cables. I also took the amplifiers, power supplies for switching and the switching boxes from the top floor of the old barn shack downstairs where it is much cooler in the summer with and airco stand by.  I have connected it all together tested it step by step. So most is running now and it was time to test it real time. Today I had 1444MHz  running and made a test qso with Jan PE9GG

 

Mar 292014
 

Today I connected a smal wire to my radio and for the first time radio signals are in the new shack.
IO5O was the first station I heared. Now I am working hard do get the coaxes in the new shack.

 

Mar 202014
 

The initial setup for the 144Mhz contest and EME table.

144Mhz contest and eme

144Mhz contest and eme

Mar 202014
 

Yesterday Thomas PA1M and Jan PA0VAJ helped me to bring the tables from the old to the new shack.
We discussed how to set up the 3 tables and the equipment on an ergonomic way. The HF table is the first te be set up with the equipment. This it how it looks for now. I have to find space for two more Green Heron rotor controllers. Now I have found the right set up I can wire all the equipment together.
I will do the same for the two other desks.

HF table

HF desk