|PA8W Amateur Radio|
Hello fellow Hams
and ham radio listeners!
I was born in 1957 in the Netherlands, and as soon as my parents let me hold the soldering iron, I was connecting batteries, lamps and switches.
A little later, I was building small cigarette-box FM-transmitters using the OC171, and building basic receivers, audio amplifiers etc.
Ok, I admit, things got out of hand later when I disrupted the reception of a live soccer game on television for my entire neighbourhood...
Ok, I didn't make friends testing my drive-in loudspeakers again and again in our garage, shaking the neighbours tools from his wallboard...
I did manage to turn my hobby into my profession,
I did turn my profession into my own specialized pro-audio company in 1994, making a decent living and enjoying every day of it.
So mothers and fathers, don't get desperate if your son or daughter sometimes blows your mains fuse at home.
Just keep your flashlight and spare fuses within range and keep in mind that this son or daughter may one day fix your electric wheelchair or get your computer virus free and running again...
The current transceiver:
The microphone is a special cardioid condensor mike which I picked for its
flat frequency response and the cardioid pickup pattern.
See my pages on SSB audio quality as well.
"Your power is in your Audio" is what was reported to me several times.
I am a minimalist, so I get great satisfaction out of tweaking and optimizing a basic setup.
Due to the small space available for antennas, I had to find small but effective antenna solutions.
QRV on 10m, 15m, 20m, 17m, 40m, and on 80m, I worked more than 100 DXCC entities and more than 35 North American states in my first 6 months of hamming in 2009, all in SSB. Not a bad result for 100W and small antennas I guess.
So if you live in a crowded place like me, maintain a good relationship with your neighbours and make the most of your situation. Also a moderate station will yield great satisfaction if you don't set your targets too high.
||The past few years I focused on Radio Direction Finding technology.|