The HG7T station is actually located in the HA0 district, but fortunately the Hungarian rules are similar to those of the US, and I could keep the call, when I
moved my contest location to HA0.
I bought the property in 2009 from another ham, who already had a 100 foot tall tower with a TH7DX and an A3WS atop, plus wire antennas for low bands, and several
long Beverages for low-band reception. The station was mostly DX-oriented rather than built for contesting.
I stated with erecting 4 new self-supporting 115 feet tall towers, for 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter antennas. The original 40 m antenna was a 3 element Opti-Beam,
which I had to replace by a 4 element KLM when we got access to the "high" portion of 40. The Opti-Beam is still there, waiting to be installed for a second
direction. For the three high band I chose ZX Yagi antennas, 2x6 for 20, 2x7 for 15 and 10.
All seven antennas are mounted on small trolleys, which can be lowered if one of the antennas need maintenance. The upper antennas can be rotated 450 degrees, the
lower ones only about 70 degrees (between JA and USA). All rotors are Yaesu GX2880DXC's.
This setup was fine for the first year or so, but then I realized I needed something better for 80, than a Delta loop. I decided to erect a 150 foot self-supporting
steel tower, and a 3 element Opti-Beam antenna has been installed for 80 meters. The monster required a bigger rotator, so an Italian-made GE1500/T was installed.
This is most probably the biggest amateur radio antenna in Hungary, and there are not many bigger ones in Europe either... The only "single element" band remains
160 meters, where the tuned tower vertical is not a winner, so sooner or later a better TX antenna will be built.
When I decided to try Multi-Two, I bought FTDX5000 transceivers, and OMPower amplifiers for the two main operating positions, and the secondary radios are an
FT2000 and an FT1000MP.
Each pair of radios have Acom lockout devices. The antennas are controlled by a SixPack and StackMatches from WX0B.
We take part in almost every contest, which means I drive on most Fridays from Érd (near Budapest) to Debrecen, about 150 miles one way. Then Friday afternoon we
have to fix Beverages, check software and all equipment, and have contesting fun over the weekend
So far we have never had serious technical issues, except that because of the location (a remote "farm" in the middle of a large forest), in stormy weather we
lost electricity once or twice.
Operators include people from my former HG7T core team (HA5AGS, HA5WA, HA5MY, HG5DX), but I also found good people in Eastern Hungary (HA8IB, HA9PP, HA0DU).
Occasionally other contesters join us, like HA5PP, HA0NAR, HA8JV, UZ5DX).
The very continental location (grid locator KN07vn) is not the greatest one for winning. The rule of thumb in European contesting is "the one who works the most
Americans, is the winner". There is normally no big difference between the number of multipliers worked by us and the stations in Western Europe.
We even have an advantage of working Asia easier. But this does not compare with the fact that some of our competition are 25% closer to the US, and to the
Caribbean, which provides a little advantage for them to catch more multipliers on low bands. This is a given, and it is especially true, when 10 and 15 meters
are wide open. We will see when these bands are much worse (that is, no big runs of US on 10), then our larger antennas, and capability of TXing in at
least two directions should bring us closer to the top.
The installation of the second 40 m Yagi, and the incorporation of a tribander towards Africa to the system, should also help.
73 and CU in the next Contest! Tibi HA7TM/HG7T close