Rigs used by DL8ZAJ over the time on shortwave
I started on shortwave with that mentioned little receiver i did build at the age of 14. It was sold by Radio Rim in Muenchen (Munic). That was in 1970. Sadly i was not able to find any picture of that rig in the internet. (Can anybody help me out? It was a little receiver about 2 Cigarette Boxes big with a removable band coil for 5 shortwave bands in a socket outside the box)
HEATHKIT HW 101
My next shortwave station was a Heathkit HW 101 for shortwave receiving for a while. This is one of the most sold tranceivers by Heathkit.
I did a lot of shortwave receiving with the HW 101 and also I made my first shortwave contacts with this rig. (My first contact on shortwave was on 10. February 1982 with HA8KEO on 20 meters in CW). As far as i can remember i got this tranceiver from Fritz DL1CA after he became silent key in 1975.
YAESU FT 277
Short after i got my HF licence a bought a Yaesu FT 277 Tranceiver.
This tranceiver was fully transistorized by that time with the exeption of 2 tubes in the PA. It did not work too good on 80 and 40 meters because of problems with cross modulation. So i had to build a pre filter to get rid of cross modulation and to be able to work DX on 80 m and 40 m.
The filter also had an audio notch filter for CW operation.
I used this Tranceiver till Dezember 1982. I sold this TRX afterwards.
In December of 1982 i bought the first of a long row of ICOM tranceivers an IC-740.
I liked this tranceiver very much. It was (and is) doing a good job and I still own it and Theo, DJ1RL is using it nowerdays, because he has two shacks but only one shortwave tramceiver.
YAESU FT 707
Now history is getting a bit confusing, because i bought and sold a couble of radios to use for expeditions during the years.
I am quite sure the first tranceiver of this row was a Yaesu FT 707. At least i found an Invoice dated June 1988 when i got that Rig.
Like his older and bigger brother the FT 277 this tranceiver also had problems with cross modulation especially on 40 meters on my big wire antennas i use at my home QTH. But i bought this rig for portable use anyway and there it did a good job. So i kept it also till August 1990 (see below) till i bought the ICOM IC-726.
YAESU FT 757 GX II
Because the FT 707 did´nt perform too good i gave the FT 757 GX II a try. This was the first tranceiver from Yaesu i really liked. The Rx did a good job also on 40 meters. It was also very light and quite small and good to carry in an airplane.
I Used this rig in my holydays and also in Flagstaff AZ in 1989 when i was signing W7/DL8ZAJ during my PhD works. I sold the original one in 1990 but in 2008 a FT 757 GX II came back to me, because a OM became silent key. I think, i am going to keep it this time for mobile use.
In August of 1990 i bought a ICOM IC-726 because then the German Post Office issued special licences for 6 meter band. In May 1990 a 6 meter licence was issiued to me and so i sold the FT 707 and the FT 757 GX II and bought a IC-726 especially for 6 meter operation.
Because i sold my portable RIG FT 757 i also used the IC-726 when i spend some time in Australia signing VK2GNR from 1991 - 1992. This rig did a teriffic job the whole time i used it. I sold it when i bought the IC-706.
So much for history. My current HF station splits up in several tranceivers:
I actually bought this tranceiver to replace the IC-726 because i liked that it is very light and also as small than a car radio. So it is good for any transportation in the car or by plane.
This tranceiver is normally running on the 6 meter band and scanning between 50.080 and 50.250.
I actually got this rig because i needed a tranceiver for my second QTH 10 km east of my main QTH in Langenselbold. So i looked out for a affordable used tranceiver and got the IC 751. After some days i found out what a teriffic job this rig really does (it used to be the "flagship" of Icom in former days) and so it went to the main QTH and the IC 740 i still used at that time, went to the second QTH.
Nowerdays the IC-751 is mostly retired and only running on a10 Relais once in a while.
I bought that tranceiver in November 1998. It really is doing a teriffic job. It is now running on 2 meter Band because after 9 years i got a new radio on the HAM Radio in Friedrichshafen in 2007.
ICOM IC-756 PRO III
After 9 years of operating the IC-746 i decided to give a modern DSP Tranceiver a try, also beause in the last couble of years i did more and more contest operations. I got that rig pretty cheap at the HAM Radio fair in Friedrichshafen in 2007. The DSP really is doing a teriffic job eather in contest operation or chasing DX on the bands.
Some of the pictures used on this page are copied from The RigPix Database by Janne SM0OFV.