Equipment

An year ago, we decided that is high time to build our remote SWL station. The advantages of owning a remote station are countless. First of all, in most of the urban areas, the growing interference from electronic devices is becoming a huge problem, preventing us from enjoying the DX hobby. Moreover, the implementation of efficient antennas in the city is next to impossible, due to legal regulations, lack of space and / or rejection by neighbours.
Our remote listening post is situated in a small village in the mountainous region near the town of Troyan, Bulgaria. We operate it entirely remotely via internet. Here's a short description of it:

Equipment:


  • MicroTik SXT 5 (for accessing internet remotely via point-to-point connection)

  • Server PC from TAROX (Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz, 120GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Windows 7 64 bit)

  • Remote USB relay switch by Elimex


Software:
  • SDR-Console Server V2, running on 64 bit Windows 7 machine
Antennas:
  • Inverted V antennas for 19, 25, 31 and 41 meters broadcast bands
  • Beverage antennas:
    • 300m to Asia and Australia
    • 300m to Western Africa and South America
    • 100m to Western Europe and North America

Total costs: less than 1000$
Having a nice QRM-free listening location: priceless

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