|DL1DOW || German Amateur Radio Station
A view into my shack
Seems to be time for a new QSL card ...
(between Cologne and Kassel),
Since I was licensed on 17.12.1999, HAM Radio became my favorite hobby. So, peu à peu, there grew my little shack.
Der Blick ins Shack
All in all, it's not a really big collection of toys, but it's still great fun to play with them.
My station-transceiver is an Icom IC706MKIIG, an allmode transceiver usable at all amateur-bands from 160m up to 70cm. Primary, I'm present at the 2m-band, as you see at the display, when the device isn't at the repair service again. Another problem with this aparatus is caused by its long name: It's hard to write it just into the form field of a QSL-card...
IC 706 MK II G
Packet radio was the first digital mode I got used to. My favorite rig
is a T7F (by DF2FQ) combined with a TNC2Q (by DF9DQ). This combination
provides usuability of 2k4 baud AFSK, 4k8 baud HAPN, 9k6 baud FSK and 19k2 baud FSK on 460MHz band.
Combined TNC2Q and T7F
As can be seen on the right, it has been put together in the same housing to make it more useful for portable activities. A simple NF-amplifier and
a S-meter (schematics by DG2DBT)
has been added.
To many visitors in my shack, this parking meter seems to make the decision of posing silly questions or not much more easier.
Typical content of a ham radio shack
In the left, there is a Kenwood TM-G707E for local-FM-radio. Below this you can see my small (but heavy) power supply. Between those two is a TNC2Q, the quad-speed modem for packet radio invented by DF9DQ and some opto-coupler unit for radio modes requiering a soundcard.
Very early I lost the naive opininion, HAM-Radio would be anything about wireless communication. In reality, the number of wires increased rapidly, when I started this hobby.
Switches, plugs and connectors - toys for the operator
After several animals, people and little continents were lost in the jungle of cables and wires, I decided to build this backside-panel to banish them behind the partition wall.