My HF work was started on 80 meters with 25W and dipole antenna. What a pity I dont have at least a photo about those equipment.The next big step was a home-made 5-band SSB transceiver. I have worked on it for years. Thank you very much to my former girlfriend - my wife! That was a FB rig, performed 60W into a tribander vertical antenna. I've got the DXCC award in 1980. Later I've built a PA with a GK-71 russian tube - 300W. Then I upgraded to a Kenwood TS-520SE and later an Icom IC-761 plus a Heathkit SB-220. My first directional antenna was a home-made 2 ele tribander cubical quad, then I changed to a TH3JRS and now a HyGain Explorer 14. I am active on CW, SSB and digital modes, such as SSTV and RTTY.
On contests I used to work on my clubstation HA5KKC also HG5C. We have a FB contest station outside of the city with 5 towers and big HF antennas.
When I was 50 I've got a surprise gift from my wife: a small allband / allmode Yaesu FT-897. My attention turned to VHF wich is a new world for me. I have made a GI7-b PA and a 3 wavelenght DJ9BV antenna for 2 and a 5 ele Yagi for 6m. Meteorscatter seems to be the only way for me to make VHF QSOs from a low place in the big city surrounded by 10 stories blockhouses. Nowadays an IC-7400 is my VHF rig.
There are some 52 000 QSOs in my logbook. I have confirmed contact with all active and some deleted DXCC countries.
From 2008 I joined in SOTA.
That's the story so far. Hamradio is a great fun.
I hope to meet you soon on the air.
73 Viktor HA5LV