This is my first station. The radio is a Heathkit HW-16 that
I borrowed from our club,† OH3AC.
Transmit frequency was crystal controlled, though I managed to tweak a few kHz by using a small
variable capacitor with it. A home made antenna tuner is on top of the radio. I used my multimeter
as the SWR display because I didnít have any other panel meter available. I didnít have much money.
A 20 meter long end-fed wire was used as antenna. The picture is taken in late 1981.
A home made memory keyer is at the shelf.
Year 1982 meant progress. I got my general class license and
by delivering advertisements
I got enough mone to buy this HW-101. It was time for 20 meters and SSB. Note the
el-bug paddle made of the remains of a hacksaw.
In 1982 my signal improved somewhat also due to antenna
I got a permission to build antennas on the roof. This is a 10 meterís
vertical dipole with dipoles for 20 and 40 meters. The not so very
good part of this antenna was that it was made of copper tubing.
It didnít survive high winds. I tried to build a two-element phased
vertical but it didnít survive the winds, either. Finally in 1984 I bough
a commercial three band trap vertical shown below.
This is the block of flats where I lived most of my
A three band trap vertical is at the top.
It all got one step better by buying my first amplifier.
Here it is, a Heathkit SB-200.
On the left you also see another improvements, namely a second VFO and a Bencher key
that I still have.
1984 was a good year also otherwise. I bought a Kenwood 599
line and a speech processor
which is shown in the left side of the picture. Note that the headset it quite different than
what I had when I started. I have many years tried to find a good headset. I tried some that
are comfortable to wear, like what is shown in this picture, and I tried those that provide
enough attenuation against noise. It has not been easy to find a solution that is good
in both ways. The best ones so far are Sennheiser HMEC-300 which I currently use (2013)
and Bose Quiet Comfort II which I used before Sennheiser.
Then fast forward to 1993. This picture shows my antennas in
The main antenna is a Mosley TA-53M. At some point of time I also had a vertical for 30 m
and a trap dipole for 40 m and 80 m.
Here is my station in Pukinmški in 1995. I had bought an
Icom IC-751 in 1990 when
I had returned to the bands. The big wooden box is there to attenuate the noise
from my new solid state amplifier and itís power supply. You see a VT-100
compatible computer terminal inside the box, too, and itís keyboard on top of
the pile. It was used to access the local packet radio cluster. The computer
on the right hand side was used for logging.
Itís January 1997. The first antenna in our newly built
in Niipperi, Espoo, was the very same Mosley TA-53M that I
had in Pukinmški, Helsinki. The height is only 11 meters, but hey, you have to start somewhere.
This is August 1997 and I am on the winch.
Juha OH1JT/OH7JT has just returned to ground level.
Thatís how it looked for some time before I took down the
What remained was a Fritzel beam for 10/15/20 with a 7,5 meter boom
and then two elements Fritzel beam for 12/17/30.
This is year 1999 and the radios havenít changed at all.
Around these times I had a
Kenwood TS-530 as a backup radio in case the Icom were to broke. And once it did.
In that particular week when I was depending on the backup radio I made something like
30 band points or so. It may be pretty bad to be without radios when the heat is on.
Now in 2013 I have an Icom IC-756PRO as a backup.
This is late 1999 in SimpsiŲ mountain, Lapua, where we had a
log house shared by a few other hams.
The radio is Kenwood TS-940 and it belongs to Maukka, OH2BYS. I am wearing yet another headset.
This time it is Bayerdynamics DT-880 that I originally bought for listening to music. It is
good for music by yesteryear standards, but not good for ham radio. All noise gets through.
The good feature with this headset is that it is likely the most comfortable headset Iíve ever had.
The earcups are large and they donít press the ears at all. You can wear these for days without
I changed the radio brand around 2001. This picture is taken
in 2005 and you see the Yaesu FT-1000MP there.
The reason for a new radio was an urgent need to hear the pileup on B-VFO easily. On the very top
there is a control box for my† 80 meterís 3 el array. Towerís guy wires are used as radiating elements.
And then there are more than 40 buried radials. The Headset is a Bose Quiet Comfort with a Heil microphone attached
to it using a clothespin and some plastic tubing.
The major new thing in this 2011 picture is that for a while
I was using the best looking amplifier that I have ever built.
The automatic amplifier that is shown elsewhere in these web pages was borrowed to a friend, and I had not yet finished
my computer controlled amplifier. In fact, I had originally planned that this one would have been controlled by a computer
and thus taken to remote use. That plan, however, never materialized. Headset lying on top of the amplifier is
Sennheiser HMEC-300. It is designed for pilots and it has both active and passive noise attenuation.
In addition, these Sennheisers are reasonably comfortable to wear. Not nearly as good as Boses, but good enough to
bear with them even through a contest. I am still thinking if I shoud try Bose Aviation X headsets. Yes, it is about money.
This is how my antennas look in 2011. I have had to
downgrade the original setup because the rotor broke too often due to winds.
Now there is a 3 Fritzel elements yagi on 10/15/20, the driven element also operates on 40, and then there are
just rotary dipoles for 12/17/30. The guy wires make a 3 element beam for 80. The tower is shunt-fed for 160.