Ham Radio Stations

  1. Club and Contest Station DF 0 UD

    The HFT departement operates the club and contest station DFOUD on the roof of building BB (12th storey) at a height of 55m with activities in Shortwave (SW), VHF and Microwave Bands.
  2. SHF-Beacon DB 0 GW in Duisburg

    Frequency: 2320.85 MHz 3400.85 MHz 1296.95 MHz 5760.85 MHz 10368.85 MHz 24048.85 MHz
    Output Power: 100 mW 50 mW 100 mW 100 mW 100 mW 50 mW
    Antenna: Double Helix antenna, horizontally polarised, omni-directional Waveguide Slot Antenna with 2 times 8 Slots, horizontally polarised, omni-directional
    Gain: approx. 7 dBD approx. 9 dBD
  3. Repeater Radio Station DB 0 DR

    Since 1991 our department operates an amateur radio transmitter station for the 70 cm band, which was built by radio amateurs, members of the staff and students. The automatic transmitter station serves mobil and portable radio stations to communicate with each other intra-city. The transmitter signal is frequency modulated and radiates through a vertical polarized omnidirectional antenna at the top of our building BB.
    Specification of the Repeater Radio Station
    Output Power Level: P = 10 W
    Location: Building BB of Area Bismarckstrasse 81 (55 m over Ground)
    Range: approx. 30 km
    Output Frequency: 439,35 MHz
    Input Frequency: 431,75 MHz
  4. Waveguide Slot Antenna with Horizontal Polarization and Omnidirectional Pattern

    Vertically installed omni-directional Antennas are developed for the operation of the beacon and the ATV-relais in the range of cm-wavelength on the basis of rectangular waveguides with arrays of slot radiators in one or both broad walls. A QBasic code was developed for the design and dimensioning of antennas. You can download the latest version HLSSA54.bas. It includes comments and references to publications on the basic design data in UKW-reports 1/91 (S. 50-55) und 2/91 (S. 71-77) as well as the IEEE Antennas Propagation Magazine december 1991 (Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 45-47).
  5. Inverted-V Wire Yagi Array with Switched Beam Rotation for Frequency f=14MHz

    The antenna utilizes six wires sloping under 30° elevation angle from the top of the roof platform tower in 7 meter height. Using a switch unit, two wires are selected for the active dipole and are connected to the feed cable; two wires are selected as parasitic elements and are connected to a capacitor as reactive load. The remaining two wires are left idle.

    By cyclic interchange of the selected wires, we create six different combinations with radiation patterns separated by 60° in azimuth and covering 0 - 360° of pattern rotation.

    The switch unit employs signal relays on a printed circuit board and the relays are remotely controlled by the operator using a digital circuit board with a 6-position rotary switch: Changing beam pointing direction is practically without inertia.

    The antenna was realized by our student, Ashraf Abuelhaija, as part of his Master thesis in 2010.
    His thesis is available on request as a PDF document from the department.
    A paper with detailed information on the design and performance was published in QST, December 2011, pp 34-37!.

  6. Magnetic Loop Antenna“ – an electrically small HF antenna for transmit and receive.

    When there is no space for HF antennas of half-wave length, the capacitively tuned resonant “magnetic” loop antenna (MLA) is a useful alternative. In a DIY project, an MLA for the 40 meter band (7 MHz) was designed, built, tested and analysed.  The report (MLA paper, English version) discusses some widely misunderstood RF engineering terms and concepts in connection with the antenna. The misconceptions of several RF terms and concepts are discussed in a further paper (MLA Misconceptions). Another paper presents a matching circuit for improving the impedance match of MLAs (MLA Inpedance Matching). The paper (MLA Frequency Extension) describes how we can add a new frequency band to an existing MLA by inserting an additional loop.

  7. Some Dipole Antennas

    Although dipole antennas have been known since Heinrich Hertz’ experiments, there is still room for new proposals of innovative or just practical realizations. In this section, a number of practical realizations of short-wave and VHF / UHF dipole antennas are presented. In each proposal, some interesting new aspects of design, simulation and operation are discussed. In Short Dipole for 28 MHz a shortened half-lambda dipole is designed. In Vertical 2 x 5/8 lambda dipole for the 2-meter band, a dipole for the 2-meter band is designed which employs a length of 5/8 lambda to increase the gain. In Lightweight 2m/70cm dipole with increased gain at 70cm, a design is presented which employs the 5/8 lambda dipole for the 70-cm band and at the same time operates as half-lambda dipole at the 2-meter band. A very special antenna for radio amateur operation from a campsite is described in: "Operation from a Motor Home: Antenna for 40 - 10 Meter".

  8. Digital Communication Modes

    In amateur radio communications, digital modulation has been used for a long time apart from analog modes, like telegraphy (Morse code), Amplitude Modulation and Single Sideband modulation. Presently, the FT4 and FT8 – modes have gained enormous popularity as these modes allow transcontinental communication via short-wave with lowest transmit power and / or using antennas of low efficiency, like Magnetic Loop and even in-room compromise antennas. However, the data exchanged by these modes, apart from the call signs and locations are not directly related to properties of the radio stations, like transmit power and antenna gain. In FT8 Reports - What we can learn from, the basic radio communication process is reviewed and the particular properties of short-wave propagation. It is shown that based on some reasonable assumptions, a large number of transmit/receive reports from successful exchanges can be evaluated statistically to extract interesting information.

  9. Parasitic Elements in Inductors, capacitors and resistors

    It is widely known that even passive circuit elements can only be used to certain frequency limits. Such limits can be investigated by measurement, and best suited for this is a Vector Network Analyzer. Inexpensive VNA models are on the market and many radio amateurs have acquired one. In a three-part contribution, it is demonstrated how to analyze and understand the frequency limits of coils, capacitors and resistors: Measuring and Understanding RF Coils using the VNA.

  10. Hamnet

    HAMNET is a special wireless LAN for radio amateurs. It uses frequencies on 2,3GHz and 5GHz bands.


    User access (13cm) 2397MHz
    User access (6cm) 5695MHz
    Link to (in use) DF0MHR (Mülheim a.d.Ruhr)
    DB0OHL (Gelsenkirchen Scholven)
    DB0HSN (Krefeld)
    DB0DUS (Düsseldorf)
    Projected Link DB0MO (Moers)

      For more information about hamnet visit this link(Information in german language)


Amateur Radio Links


Responsible / Contact

Please contact Prof.  Klaus Solbach.