Updated: September 2014
Brief update 13.9.2014: I got a new radio: Kenwood TS-590S. More info later.
I work mainly on HF. My main rig is a Kenwood TS-850S equipped with all possible filters, see this blog posting. Above the rig I have a touch-screen PC for DX Cluster news etc. For logging and digimode working I have a quite powerful table PC. Since I like to work on all modes, CW, SSB and digimodes, I can easily switch from mode to another, depending on what I find interesting, or on what DX Cluster announces. Also, I really like HF contesting.
The simple 2 meter rig (an old French Talco taxi radio) is for local QSOs with radio friends in Lohja (fq fixed on145.300MHz).
I have a 10 000m^2 garden/forest for interesting wire antenna experiments. My current antennas are described in different blog postings. A couple of pictures also here below:
|80m inverted vertical delta loop. One of the corners shown up right in the picture.|
Tunes on all bands with a tuner. Works really well on 80m and 30m.
Note: I am 30m up in a tree taking this picture.
|My inverted vertical 80m loop. This corner is 30m up in a tree :)|
|The base of my 40m/15m copper pipe vertical, up 12m. Three radials.|
|The top of the 40m/15m copper pipe vertical.|
|20m inverted vertical delta loop, up about 20 meters. Good for 20m and 10m bands.|
|My 160m inverted-vee, up 20m. Installed 2013.|
- Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD), for logging and digimodes
- xDX, DX Cluster software for the touch screen linux PC. Installable as rpm package.
- JT65-HF for WSJT/JT65 operation
- ROS for a special new digimode, ROS.
- N1MM Logger and Win-Test in SSB and CW contesting (HRD is better for digimode contesting)
- WSPR for progagation testing
- RFSM 2400 for emergy communication tests
- BeaconMap for beacon checking
- UltimateAAC for digimode award applications.
- MorseCat, a simple tool for keeping my CW skills "warm". Sometimes used before CW contests :)
- Audacity, an excellent tool for sound recording and processing. Needed when optimizing stuff for contests and pileups
- Eznec, for antenna modelling. The free version is enough for simple antennas.
- Also LoTW demands installed software, check the instructions here.