Updating ft 11r
This was a microspy he built: it is still working and transmits around 100 MHz, to be tuned with the variable air capacitor.
The only drawback that as it is at least 40 years old, you need to shout into the microphone in order to transmit :-) For this reason, it does not work very well as microspy, although I could impress my friends.
I neither knew where to find decodable signals, nor I had suitable equipment.
I could find digital signals and see the frequency split of 0 and 1 with HAMCOMM for DOS for some VHF signals connected to a portable Yaesu of my father (FT-11R), however at the time back in 1997 I never managed to decode anything.
I was very happy to meet Clay, IK0XCB, (yes, the Morse champion) in person at the Chalet of HB9FPO who recommended me to use Morse Runner, which is fantastic software, very realistic sounds like in HF! Mobile with Yaesu FT-1D with Fusion and Hytera PD365 for DMR.
I did my first QSO in CW in November 2015 with SN15WJK, evviva! I recently bought a Mini VNA BT vector network analyzer so that I can start to build antennas (see 6m delta loop, QFH, and "bolt"-balun down under..).
I tried to build a preamplifier in front, but it did not work...
Ah, in the Swiss army I served in the EKF Companie, section romande GE 51/1.On air starting from December 2013 with a Kenwood TS-480-SAT (100W version with integrated antenna tuner), two 18m dipole (IW2EN 1X35-9) separated by about 90 degrees at about lambda/2 above ground, a homebrew delta loop for the magic band and a self-built QFH (quadrifilar helix) for weather satellites. Tigertronics USB Signalink for digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, PSK63 and JT65).