Member Spotlight – Hans Loo
QTH: Lund, Sweden. JO65oq
When were you first licensed? In January 2015.
How did you become interested in radio? My wife convinced me in getting a baby monitor, so I bought a pair of PMR446 walkies with a baby monitor function. I didn’t even know what amateur radio and a coax was one year ago, but being a bit nerdy, one thing quickly lead to another. I ended up having my license one month later after an encouraging visit to our local amateur radio club. My first HF QSO was with Brian G3LUW in England in March 2015.
Favorite radio activities and locations: My favorite locations would be up in the mountains in the north west part of Sweden. I’ll bring the equipment with me on hikes and catch a fish or two in the local fresh water streams. I truly enjoy to improvise, and try new setups and antennas. Another good memory was when visiting DK8HM in Germany this summer! He’s a good friend and skilled ham.
Future hobby plans or goals: To learn morse code, but more importantly; to get my kids interested in amateur radio. I’ll also try to design a foldable hexbeam antenna that can be mounted quickly when portable. I will also try out more digital modes in the future.
Member of any radio organizations or clubs: The Swedish amateur radio association SSA and the local club here, Ham-club Lundensis, SK7CE.
Describe some of your favorite field radio experiences: When sitting outside in the middle of nowhere by the river after a hike, having a chat with a commercial airline pilot somewhere above Prague enroute to Amsterdam. The same world, but with very different perspectives. Or when I was calling CQ with 5 W after a long bike hike to a nature reserve, and a station in Florida replied to me. Ultimately, I feel that the most memorable moments are the ones that have lead to lasting friendship .
Transceivers and antennas: My setup is really simple. I’m using a Yaesu FT-857 powered by a LiFePo4 battery. I use many different homemade antennas. Delta loops, c-poles, verticals, ocf dipoles etc. It often depends on what I can put up and what I want to do, but I’ve had a great deal of success with the c-pole. It’s a off center fed half wave vertical antenna. Easy to make, fast to deploy and works quite well.
Modes: Mainly SSB on the HF bands, and sometimes SSB on 2 m. Tried some digital modes, but I still have a lot to learn.
Other Information: I truly appreciate the Field radio community in our Facebook group. Met a lot of good friends here, and I do hope we can get together sometime in the future for a field day somewhere.