A year in HAM Radio

Hello all!

I had recently completed a year as radio operator under EA4GVA callsign and I am sharing my experience over this year. People who closely know me are aware of my interest in technology and they were not surprised that I started in this world, but many people asked me about my interest, remarking that radio is a 60's thing. At first I did not have too much arguments to explain all the interesting things around the simple purpose of communicating with others from one point to another. I can resume my best explanation in only one phrase.

"What is really important is not the only purpose of communicating with each other, but the way to reach it"

To talk about radio technology is to talk about electronics, low noise, signal processing, modulations, radiofrequency, antennas, propagation, human interfacing, instruments and measurement, equipment characterization, satellites, orbits, space weather... Does it seem strange why a high percentage of radio enthusiasts are engineers? Many of them are not recognized as it, but they simply are.

A HAM radio year in numbers:

  • I purchased 4 antennas
  • I designed and built successfully 5 antennas
  • I purchased 3 radios
  • I built 2 radios and a lot of accesories, from a remote switch to a radio-remote azimuth&elevation rotor, amplifiers, filters, dummy loads...
  • I obtained the DX World Award, confirming contacts with 100 different countries
  • I was awarded #3 Spain, #8 Europe, #13 World in the CQWW 2016 Rookie category contest
  • I made more than 2.000 contacts all over the world, including digital and satellite communications
  • I learned countless concepts about state of the art signal digitalization, Software Defined Radio, noise avoiding and mitigation...
  • I made a lot of new friends

I compile here different photos I made related with radio this year

Monitoring the Sun Weather

 

My antennas

 

The new friends

 

Designing new hardware

 

High Performance Equipment

 

Building new antennas

 

     

 The people

 

Building K5OOR amplifier 

 

Receiving NOAA satellite weather images 

 

   

Own designed satellite antennas and remote tracking system

 

Measuring RF Performance

 

In filed equipment testing

 

   

 Activating new geodesic vertex references

 

SDR playing and learning

 

 Making contacts all around the world

 

 

Thanks to all these HAM radio operators calling and answering our call, researching and sharing all their discoveries and knowledge, ´╗┐thanks to all that helped me everyday on this passion, this year has been only the first year, a great year, thanks.