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DK7UY - History
Unlicensed Operation


This picture was taken at the age of 4 around 1966, showing evidence of my very first unlicensed operation :-)



My very first station setup as DD8IF (VHF/UHF only) in 1980: A 2m handheld and a modified CB AM/SSB rig 10m and an 5/8 wave CB-vertical antenna for SWL


1981: An Icom IC251E for 2m entered the shack and an Tonna 16El. Yagi emerged at the balcony.


1982: After upgrading my licence to DH1IAB (restricted to 80, 15, 10m and above) an Yaesu FT-8b became my first real HF rig.
The antenna system was upgraded a little bit too.


1983: The year I passed the final exam and got my DK7UY callsign.
Some new stuff came to my station desk as well: An Icom IC-740 for HF and a year later the SSB K2-800 144 MHz linear for some serious VHF operation.
Also an IC-202 and an IC-402 for UHF SSB/CW where purchased these days.

Portable operation


Together with DF8IN I was operating on 2m SSB for the first time (1981), but I had a Kenwood TW4000A VHF/UHF rig on my car since 1982.


I got the real VHF contest bug in 1982, so many portable activities followed in these days: Feldberg/Black forest, Wasserkuppe, Belchen and many other locations.


In 1983 I also became active on HF from the car with the FT-8b and a hustler mobile antenna.
This year also saw the first activity from a foreign country: I became EI2VLP from Ireland and F0HXO from France!


In 1985 I was QRV /M directly from the FRG/GDR border on HF, 50m ahead Y2 land began these days.
I'm VERY sure there are some nice pictures of this activity in the Stasi (GDR security service) archives :-)



1990: I moved to my new QTH in Speyer, right in the middle of the historic city center.
Antenna space was very limited, so I decided to build an tower for the FB-33 HF yagi and the VHF/UHF yagis.
None of my neighbours ever complained that the yagi was rotaiting over theire proberty, a big THANKS for that!


An Butternut HF9VX vertical and an X-500 for VHF/UHF completed the antenna setup.



Antenna system in 1997, the vertical at the right is a X-500 for 2m & 70cm

Another antenna view with 6m yagi added (2000)


The antenna party

Chranking up the tower

Installing the 70cm & 2m antennas

Setting up the Shortwave-Yagi

The shack at a VERY early stage

Where should all these cables go?

And finished at least (Late 1997)

The chief CW operator and some of his toys

Shortwave station (2000)

VHF/UHF station (2000)



Our new place to live in Ostenfeld, about 12km east of Husum in JO44OL.
We will move from Landau in May 2019, first antennas to go up as soon as possible will be the HF9VX multiband vertical for HF and the Diamond X-500 for VHF/UHF.
This will allow at least some basic operation.

Later in the year, a small 10m tower will come up, supporting multiband-dipols for 40/80/160m, 10/15/20m, 12/17/30m and a monoband-dipol for 60m.
If there is some time left, the big tower for the HF yagi (10/12/15/17/20/30m) will go up this year as well.
Lowest priority have the 6m/4m and the VHF/UHF yagis, which will go to another small tower on the roof of the house.
So the complete antenna farm will be ready to run in the middle of 2020...

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