DL7DAN | Amateur Radio Activity | DL7DAN/MM (Again at Sea in 2004)


The combined Mag Loop

After getting my amateur license, I naturally explored getting a suitable "Call."  In memory of my 25year association with Norddeich Radio, (DAN) I requested the suffix DAN,and was lucky.  I am now DL7DAN. Now began the planning and construction of antennas and radio equipment.  There were space limitations inside and outside.  The many facets of equipment on the amateur radio market made a "Layman" of me, and made it very difficult to choose the right equipment. Here I must thank Onno (DL4BCE), Dietrich (DL1BHM), and Fritz (DJ4BP), for help with my first amateur steps with advice and deeds. For all that are interested, here is my new station:

Antenna: Combined Mag Loop from "Funktechnik Beese" (Mühltal/Germany)
1 x "AMA82", 3,5 - 14 MHz, Loop diameter 1,7 m
1 x "AMA21" 14 - 30 Mhz, Loop diameter 0,8 m
Transceiver: "Kenwood TS-570D"
Key: "Schurr-Keyer Profi 2", and Electronic "ETM1C" (also my old Service keyer "ETM3C")
RX: "Telefunken 1556" (Original Receiver from Norddeich Radio)

Due to lack of space, integration of the radio equipment into the PC-periphery was necessary. This solution seems to be acceptable.

The achievment in amateur radio was actually no large problem.  I have naturally very good CW, and use CW 95% of the time on all bands.  Abbreviations, Q-Signals, and nationality of call signs are often identical in maritime and amateur usage. I personally feel that marine radio was more rational.  There were no unnecessary call symbols, no unnecessary Q-Signals, no unnecessary abbreviations.  Short, concise, and precise was the motto.  I am amused at the minute-long conclusion of an amateur QSO. My personal thoughts on the 25 character per minute (5 wpm) amateur test speed: An unlucky decision, not very practical.  A newcomer with "25" could not copy a beacon or relay.  I doubt whether someone tested in this manner could carry through a QSO at that speed.  I think that training at 60 (12 wpm) and testing with longer space between characters is practical.

Radio Operator tools: The Schurr-Keyer is excellent.