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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 Statistics

As of 1 June 2020

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
160m39 39
80m960 191 1.151
60m1 1
40m713 97 810
30m35 35
20m534 1 128 663
17m22 1 23
15m310 13 323
12m3 3
10m141 141
Total2.758 2 429 3.189

DXCC countries

 DXCC
160m14
80m52
60m1
40m60
30m25
20m89
17m17
15m52
12m3
10m38
  
MIX104
CW100
SSB2
RTTY57

Farthest distance: ZM1A (40m CW) :: New Zealand :: 18.390 km

Worked All Continents

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