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 (12'000+) 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.

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, Member of AMSAT North America, and Vice Preseident of the new (Nov. 2021) Swiss AMSAT-HB

NEWS 2021-2022

January 10, 2022 received the VUCC 50MHz Diploma
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 January 2022
Shack January 2022

Equipment List

[1] ICOM IC-7700 HF 200W Transceiver
[2] ICOM SP-34 Speaker
[3] ICOM IC-9700 2m/70cm/23cm Transceiver mainly for QO-100 SAT Operation
[4] SPE Expert 1.3k 1kW Amplifier with ATU
[5] LP-100A Digital Power Meter for AV-640 (6m to 20m)
[6] 49" Samsung Curved Display
[7] Audio-Switch Solution for all Transceivers and Receivers Behringer Control 2
[8] PE1CMO OSCAR-100 Duplex-Transverter (20cm/2m), 20 Watt for QO-100 Sat
[9] 10-Band EQ V7 for ICOM-IC 770 and IC-9700 from UR6QW
[10] Modified Jabra Business wireless DECT Headset for the ICOM-Transceivers
[11] Microphone Switch ED 1A for all ICOM-Transceiver
[12] Kenwood SP-100 Speaker for ICOM ID-5100E
[13] ELAD TMate2 for use with Radio SDR COnsole and QO-100 Station
[14] Heil HS-2 Hand PTT-Switch for IC-7700/IC-9700
[15] ParaPro EQ20-DSP for better Speaker-Audio
[16] Wolfwave DSP Advanced Audio Processor
[17] Heil Pro Set 6 IC Headset for IC-9700, IC-7700
[18] Flexradio 6700 Limited Edition and number two on the Sherwood Engineering Receiver Test table
[19] 27" Samsung High-Resolution Display for QO-100 Satellite Dashboard
[20] Perseus SDR Receiver (USB) for SDR Radio Console/Server
[21] Micro KEYER II for IC-7700 and FT8
[22] Studio MIC BM-800
[23] Sennheiser GSP 300 PC-Headset for Flex 6700 with SmartSDR (PC-Audio)
[24] iPad 2 Mini for DX Propagation View www.DXheat.com
[25] Flexradio VFO Knob for Flex 6700
[26] JC-4s Atnenna Tuner Control Box with modified ELAD SDR TX Switch as Tuner-Protection
[27] Heil HS-2 Hand PTT-Switch for Flex 6700
[28] METROPWR FX773 Power-Meter for the JC-4s Tuner (30m - 160m)
[29] ICOM ID-5100E 2m/70cm Transceiver SM-20 Mic and Diamond X-50NA Antenna
[30] Bencher Key Paddle
[31] ICOM Desk-Mic SM-20 for ID-5100E
[32] Adam Hall PCL 10 Pro Power Conditioner for all 230V devices
[33] Digital Power and SWR Meter for 2m (DG-503)
[34] Digital Power and SWR Meter for 70cm (DG-503)
[35] Homemade Heil MIC ICOM/Flex 6700 Switch for Jabra DECT wireless Headset
[36] Airspy Duo HF+ SDR Receiver with Spyserver Raspberry Pi4
[37] Heil BM-17 Headset for Flex 6700
[38] Power Mate VFO knop
[39] MIC Level Bar

Bonito 3-Port active Antenna Splitter for the Active Dipole from Stampfle
Stockcorner Tuner JC-4s with 54m DX-Wire at home for 10m to 160m
1:1 5kW 1116di super Chokes from BalunDesings for 30m to 160m
LPF-1 Low Pass Filter 1kW 1.8 - 30 MHz for 30m to 160m
MFJ-1142 DC LINE RFI FILTER OUTLETS
Powerwerx 30 Amp Desktop DC Power Supply with Powerpole Connectors
Griffin PowerMate VFO Control Knob USB
DX Engineering Maxi-Core DXE-MC20-FC Chokes for 6 to 20m
CMF-2000 Diamond Choke for 1 to 54 MHz, 2kW for 30-160m with JC-4s Tuner
DX Engineering ISO-PLUS Ethernet RF Filters DXE-ISO-PLUS-10
NPort 5210 Multiuser Serial-Port Server for SPE Expert 1.3k Amplifier
Stream Desk XL for Ham-Dashboard

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)