Amateur Radio and Ham-Spirit

I received my Swiss amateur radio license in December 1983 and was active until 1986 mainly on Oscar-10. After a 30 year interruption (QRT) I started again from scratch in March 2016. Equipment at home, remote DX-Station and all QSOs (10'000+) had been made since March 2016.

Hams know there is no other service like ours. No fraternity on earth has the power & magic to bridge culture, nationality, distance and disparate interests like Amateur Radio does.

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, describes the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication.

The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur-satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through the Radio Regulations. National governments regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual stations licenses with an identifying call sign such as HB9RYZ.

73 de HB9RYZ - Wolfgang

Vice President of Ham-Radio Club Zug www.hb9zg.ch, Member of Ham-Radio Club Lucerne HB9LU, Member of Swiss DX Foundation SDXF, Member of Swiss Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group ARTG, Member of Ham-Radio Club "Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts" in Lucerne HB9HSLU, and Vice Preseident of Swiss AMSAT-HB

NEWS 2021

November 19, 2021 received the 1500 Medallion for the DXCC Challenge Diploma
November 11, 2021
new ICOM ID-5100E Transceiver for 2m and 70cm with Diamond X50-NA Antenna
October 2021, new micro KEYER II for ICOM IC-7700 for FT8 operations and new Perseus SDR Receiver
September 12, 2021 2nd portable QO-100 Station ready to use
August 15, 2021
new QO-100 portable Station ready to use
July 12, 2021
the whole shack at home was moved to a new room and completely rebuilt.
June 17, 2021 we installed the new OptiBeam OBDYA12-5, a 12 Element Driven Yagi Array 20/17/15/12/10m. This is the first OptiBeam of this type installed in Switzerland. At the same time we installed a Wellbrook ALA1530LN Loop for the new WebSDR Server (HF) and a new Diamond X-50N (2m/70cm) Antenna for the new WebSDR Server (UHV/VHF). We also installed a FlightRadar Station for the Buochs airport where is also the homebase of Pilatus Aircraft.
June 11, 2021 we installed a new high-end cabinet built to our requirements for all our equipment. Now we have significantly more space for new projects and thanks to the side door a better maintenance access.

Award- and DX-News:
DXCC 1500 Challenge Award November-2021
DXCC 1000 Challenge Award March-2021
DXCC 5-Band Award in April 2021
5 Band WAZ Certificate completed
WAS "Worked all States" #64454 Award completed
80m Band DXCC 100 Award completed
10m Band DXCC 100 Award completed
12m Band DXCC 100 Award completed
6m Band DXCC 100 Award completed (14. August 2021)
Russian Districts Award "100" #1749 completed
8Q7AO, Maldive - Jan 25th - Feb. 7th 2021 by HB9WDF

Performed 10'000 QSOs from March 6, 2016 to April 29, 2021 in only 5 years.

73 de HB9RYZ, Wolfgang

NEWS 2020

On June 26th 2020 we were finally able to successfully put our new Remote DX station back into operation after the winter storm. At the top is the OptiBeam OB5-6 (6m) and below is the LZA 10-5 10 element Beam (10-20m). Underneath is our HyEndFed8 for 30-80m. More details here

Some new Toys for the Shack:
- New Rohde & Schwarz EK070 Receiver connected over Omnirig with the PC
- New SunSDR2-DX Transceiver
- Raspberry Pi based remote control of a SPE Expert power amplifier has been successfully developed and is available for free download on Git-Hub

OmniRig v2.1 is now called "MultiRig v1.0". We will soon publish the source code of "MultiRig v1.0" on Git-Hub. Every HAM software developer is welcome to implement our new MultiRig solution. Please contact us at info@hb9ryz.ch

Link to our new SPE Expert 1.3k Amplifier Multiuser Remote Solution

Sound 8-band Equalizer with compressor, low noise preamp, Echo effect processor and Noise Gate to transceiver V.5 from UR6QW

Winter Storms in February 2020 - Rebuild in June 2020

Three strong winter storms (Petra, Sabine and Bianca) totally destroy all our antennas.

Our remote station had already survived several severe thunderstorms (including one that un-rootet a large fir tree close by), so we thought we were safe. The trouble started with storm Petra. There was already ice on the antennas and storm Petra came with heavy snow and strong winds. It broke off two elements of the the 6m beam and bent the top tube. The 40m EndFed wire was torn apart. The pictures below show the state after storm Petra.

The next storm (Sabine) was even stronger than Petra, but it did not do additional damage because there was little snow on the antenna at that time. Snow and ice have an incredible effect on the wind load. The following picture shows the antenna after storm Sabine. The HF beam recovered nicely once the snow and ice was gone and was still working OK.

The last storm Bianca did the rest. There was again a lot of snow and ice on the antenna. The top tube broke apart and everything came down (see the picture below from the morning after).

Due to the current world-wide Corona health crisis we cannot replace the antennas immediately. However, we have already fixed the EndFed antenna and the KiwiSDR is back online for you. We have replaced the FlexRadio 6500 with a FlexRadio 6700 and added two AirspyHF+ SDR's that are able to monitor the bands 24/7 using WSPR and FT8.

NEWS 2019

Installation 29. August 2019

Almost 2 years ago we carried out first talks with representatives from Rigi Railways Inc. about the possibility of renting a no longer used mast 1660 metres above sea level and using it for Amateur Radio. In autumn of 2018 we installed a temporary G5RV and two Colibri SDR receivers to find out if this location could be used for amateur radio. We found that we had some noise up there, but it was A LOT better than what we encounter at the home QTH of HB9RYZ and HB9CQK! Planning went ahead and Frédéric HB9CQK and myself decided to get our HAM Dream finalized.

Shack November 2021

  • Shack November 2021 Part 1

    On July 12, 2021, the whole shack was moved to a new room and completely rebuilt. [1] COM IC-7700 [2] Kenwood SP-100 Speaker [3] ICOM IC-9700 Transceiver 2m, 70cm, 23cm for OSCAR-100 SAT Operation [4] SPE Expert 1.3K-FA with ATU (1.3kW Amplifier) [5] LP-100A Digital Wattmeter up to 3kW [6] 49" Samsung Curved Display [7] Behringer Audio-Switch for Audio-Input und -Output Selection [8] PE1CMO OSCAR-100 Duplex-Transverter (20cm/2m), 20 Watt [9] Sound 10-band Equalizer UR6QW [10] Modified DECT Jabra Headset for IC-7700, IC-9700 and Flex 6700 [11] Microphone Switch ED 1A for all ICOM-Transceiver [12] ICOM SP-34 Speaker [13] ELAD Tmate TM2 for SDR Radio Console [14] Heil Hand PTT-Switch for IC-7700/IC-9700 [15] ParaPro EQ20-DSP [16] Wolfwave DSP Processor [17] Heil Pro Set 6 IC Headset

  • Shack November 2021 Part 2

    [18] Flexradio 6700 SDR-Transceiver [19] 27" Display for QO-100 Station [20] Perseus SDR (USB) [21] micro KEYER II for IC-700 (FT8) [22] Studio MIC [23] Sennheiser GSP 300 PC-Headset for Flex 6700 [24] iPad 2 Mini for DX Propagation View www.DXheat.com [24] Flexradio VFO Knob for Flex 6700 [25] JC-4s Atnenna Tuner Control Box with ELAD SDR TX Switch as Tuner-Protection [26] Heil PTT Hand Switch for Flex 6700 [27] FX-773 Power Meter for 30m to 160m [28] ICOM ID-5100 2m/70cm Transceiver [29] Bencher Key Paddle[30] ICOM Desk-Mic SM-20 for ID-5100E [31] AHPCL 10 Pro 230V Power online Filter [32] Digital Power and SWR Meter for 2m (DG-503) and Power Mate for Perseus SDR and HDSDR [33] Digital Power and SWR Meter for 70cm (DG-503) and MIC Level Display [34] Heil MIC ICOM/Flex 6700 Switch [35] Airspy Duo HF+ SDR Receiver with Spyserver Raspberry Pi4

Current Shack

  • Beobachter 14/2019 - Amateurfunk

    Die Stimmen im grossen Rauschen.

  • HBradio 2/2019 - Article about my OSCAR 100 Satellite Station

    QRV over the new OSCAR 100 Geo-Satellite

  • HBRadio 6/2016 - Article about my Inverted-V Antenna in German

    Home Made Inverted-V (G5RV) from August 2016 to August 2018. Article in the Swiss Amateur Radio Association Magazine 06/2016. The article is written in German.

  • HBRadio 4/2017 - Article about my Expedition at a Cargo-Ship and Cruise Ship in German

    Reiseberichte von den MM-Erfahurngen auf einem Frachtschiff (Cargo Ship) und Kreuzfahrtschiff (Cruise Ship). Article in the Swiss Amateur Radio Association Magazine 04/2017. The article is written in German.

  • QRV on Cargo-Ship SWISS ARTG GV 18.11.2017

    Vortrag zu den beiden kleinen Expeditionen auf einem Frachtschiff als Passagier von Italien nach Irland und auf einem MSC-Kreuzfahrtschiff von Hamburg nach Island.

Starting 1981 with CB-Radio
After 30 Years back in March 2016
Oscar-100 portable Station with 35cm dish
Shack January 2021
KX2 on a Cargo Ship 2017
Shack 1984 - Oscar 10 Satellite Station
Shack Oct. 2018 - with the new Flexradio 6600M
Installation of the new AV-640 vertical Antenna at home (5. Sept. 2018)