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The Motivation

Living in a small appartment with balcony since 2005, I never thought of going on the air from here. I tried it in the beginning and what I heard was disillusioning. A lot of noise and two stations I could not reach. So no further attempts to get on air from here.

After being at home for a while due to the COVID-19 restrictions, I tried it again. I grabbed some antenna material I could get from the basement storage and build some aerial I could connect to a coax cable.

The first station I could reach was KC1XX in New Hampshire, USA on 20m. After 5 hours I had worked all continents on 40m!

This installation is only temporarily for weekend activities. After the first success on the weekend of the Russian DX Contest 2020, more activities should follow.

My special thanks to my wife Anja letting me installing the antenna and running the coax cable through the living room.

The Station


Elecraft K3 transceiver + automatic tuner :: 100 Watts output :: MK2 interface :: DXLog / Win-Test

The Antenna


The neighbourhood of the antenna.


Spiderbeam mast 12m long :: 20m of wire :: DX-WIRE choke balun :: RG58 coax cable


The feeding point of the antenna. The far end of the wire is just returned to the other end of the balcony.


The tuning and connection box of the antenna.

The Statistics

As of 31 May 2021

Some explanation:

QSO Radio contact
CW Morse telegraphy
SSB Voice
RTTY Radio Teletype (the email from the second to last century)
160m, 80m, 40m, ... Different frequency bands radio amateurs are allowed to use.
DXCC Countries in radio amateur world. There are currently 340 of them. To earn the DXCC Award, you need radio contacts with at least 100 different countries.
FT8 (and related modes) A mode that was invented especially for communication below the noise level. To be used mostly by small stations. Though this mode would be perfect for my setup to reach much more stations/countries, it is still boring to operate as only two computers communicate with each other. So I still prefer morse code, radio teletype and my own voice, where the operator is required to do most of the work.

QSOs (radio contacts)

 CWSSBRTTYQSO Total
160m938 938
80m1.498 73 690 2.261
60m2 2
40m1.261 427 1.688
30m37 37
20m900 1 219 1.120
17m24 2 26
15m431 31 462
12m3 3
10m169 169
Total5.263 76 1.367 6.706

DXCC countries

 DXCC
160m54
80m60
60m2
40m74
30m26
20m99
17m18
15m65
12m3
10m40
  
MIX118
CW112
SSB7
RTTY71

Farthest distance: ZM4T (40m CW) :: New Zealand :: 18.480 km

Worked All Continents

 AfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaOceaniaSouth America
160mXXXX
80mXXXX
60mX
40mXXXXXX
30mXXXXX
20mXXXXXX
17mXXXXXX
15mXXXXXX
12mX
10mXXXX

Worked All States (USA)

AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY