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Hamradio – Ed ter Haar Ahlström

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2015/December 2. Thanks John NG0Z for sending this recorded qso with you from Minneapolis Minnesota:
Very much appreciated!

2015/July 4. Got a new toy to play with. A FT-950E in great condition. Made some very nice QSO’s with it and it together with the FT-1000MP MarcV my shack looks complete. I ordered a CAT cable and a panadapter cable so I soon can connect it to the computer together with Hamradio deLuxe and HDSDR.

2015/April 6. Wow! Great propogation all over the world. Make DX contacts easily. Just Micronesia didn’t work for me, after an hour calling and running full power, I gave up. Worked instead with New Zealand, ZL1SLO who only runs 80 watts and a vertical. That wasn’t bad!

I recently reduced my “high noise” 5/+10 level on 20 (thanks to a neighbor) to 5/7! Killed some own switched power supplies here at home as well. You saw the noise level dropping and the weaker stations were readeable again.

2014/May 21. Bought some cb radios which cover the 10 meterband. A President George, a President Jackson and a Lincoln. The George gives almost 30 watts out on 10, and gave me immediately a couple of “over the pond” QSO’s. 30 watts of power seem to work quite well to the Americas on 10. The Lincoln was a disaster, the rx was distorted and poor. The illumination of the display was broken, and the was a small crack in the front panel. After a couple of repairs this radio is now one of my favorites. Audio is perfect again and I made an external audio output on the backside of the radio. The biggest problems were the dry electrolyte capacitors. I had to replace lots of them, and some diodes as well. Reduced the SSB output to 10 watts so it can be safely used with a power amplifier. Nice toy, but nothing compared to my yeasu.

My HAM radio equipment:

Yaesu FT-1000MP MARK-V 200W
Yaesu FT-950E 100W
Antenna tuner MFJ-962D
Fritzel FB-33, an old german Fritzel from the 70s
Heathkit SB-200 power amplifier 600-700W

2013/march.. always liked these pictures! My 3 element FB-33 from Fritzel. The beam and the rotor (Ham IV) are from the late 70’s.  The antenna is white painted by a funny guy who sold the beam to me for a fair price. The tower is a crank-up mast, home made up to 13 meters.

2013/february. Lots of fun, lots of hobbies. Other interests are flyging RC helicopters which I have training now for the last year. Have been configuring Dreamboxes, 7025 & 800, testing lots of firmwares to it and have been setting up 2 motorized satellite dishes.  At the end it is all about radio and antennes!

2012/02/19. After installing a site counter for this page I was suprised by the number of daily visitors! Hope you find some useful information here. There hasn’t happened so much for the last 2 months. Haven’t had much time for the hobby, instead I was busy at work.




Thanks for all radio amateurs calling me! Sometimes during the evening (like tonight) when people turn on their plasma televisions, my transmitter  is receiving all tv static disturbance instead of the calls from far away stations. Truly a pitty! Here a new picture of the antenna used by me. If you hear me you are always welcome to let me know by email. Thanks!

2010/11/09 – Today winter chaos came to town. Significant snow across the whole country, a winter storm out there, and no rainbows to apologize for angry skies. Very difficult to drive the roads. The FB-33 beam stopped working and has a very high SWR. Snow on the dipole… fortunately the vertical antenna is working fine.

2010/10/14 – I received the Butternut HF2V antenna already 3 days after ordering it from Classic International in Roermond, Netherlands. The shipping costs were only 33 euro. After putting the HF2V together I planted the antenna in the garden, without any radial wiring. It was easy getting a low SWR. I was trying the antenna same evening but even with a low SWR the antenna wasn’t performing well. Day after I connected 2 radials of 9.8 meter the antenna. Performance went up! But not really satisfactory. Another radial, but now an the opposite direction. The antenne seems to have a better ground conductivity now.  Soon I will put up some pictures of the antenna on this site. Of course 3 radials are far to little for good grounding, the idea is putting up as many as possible.

2010/10/03 – Just ordered a Butternut HF2V vertical antenna for 40 & 80 meter band. I never owned a vertical antenna and it will be fun starting experimenting with it. The main problem will be digging down the radials into the mawn. My wife will probably kill me for this. The 40 meter dipole on top of the house has already been removed. For now on I will be checking the mailbox daily until the package arrives!

Thank you all for visiting this site! Especially during the summer time when short skip propogation is at its best I make many new Dutch and Belgium friends. Thank you for all the great pile ups!

This page is experimental and I am working hard on learning myself WordPress, a new program with lots of plugins to make homepages. You can also press “Old homepage” to come to the more complete version of the site.

Click on the pictures for larger view!


Although the SB0M prefix is quite uncommon and many want to exchange QSL cards to get the SB prefix is this possible through the bureau. Think of that it will take time to receive a card back. QSL manager: SM0IMJ

My locator: JO99DL

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The picture beneath is taken from HRDLog and is updated frequently. You can see HRD log users logging their QSO’s and so follow the propogation. Smart! The colors of the lines explain different bands used.

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