19 April 2008


This is the control unit display of the Kenwood TM-D700E VHF/UHF transceiver showing received position, bearing and distance of received amateur radio APRS stations.

The Garmin GPS navigator GPSmap 276C is connected to the Kenwood transceiver. Its NMEA output signals sends information about my position, speed and height above sea level. The map display shows the position of received amateur radio APRS stations.

The Navigon 7000T GPS navigator is used for navigation and speed alarms. The inbuilt TMC FM receiver logs traffic warnings.

The Yaesu FT-817 all band QRP transceiver is used on the shortwave bands.

The antennas on the roof are one antenna for the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands connected to the FT-817, one active GPS antenna connected to the speed camera warning unit, one FM/AM antenna and one VHF/UHF antenna connected to the TM-D700E.

Birdwatching and ham radio

The island Öland, the second largest Swedish island in the Baltic sea is famous among birdwatchers during spring and autumn. I visited the island 16-17 April. Besides birdwatching in Ottenby at the southernmost tip I tried QRP from the car with my Yaesu FT-817 for a short moment and managed to have a SSB QSO on 3.75 MHz with Claes, SM5ZBY in Eskilstuna. More photos here.

On April 14 I made a birdwatching visit to Lindö Udde in Blekinge in southern Sweden together with my brother Leif, SM7EQX. Some photos here.