Dear members of the EUDXF,
my name is Dirk, I was born in 1964 and my callsign nowadays is PA1BD. I got involved in radio in the early 1980’s and discovered DX a few years later on the 11 meters band like many of us I think. It was a great time working DX with QRP power and a homemade HB9CV 2 elements beam. In these years I was (and still I am) an SWL and became a member of VERON who assigned the listener number NL-10355 to me.
I started to study for amateur radio license back in 1990 and succeeded in April 1991 for my C license (PE1OAV) which gave me access to the VHF and higher bands plus a special permit for 50 MHz. I’m not very intrested in VHF as my goal was HF, so I had to learn the morsecode to get my A license. In December 1992 I passed the morsecode test and received the callsign PA3GHP. Back in 1998, ham radio amateurs got the opportunity to obtain a vanity callsign. Therefore, I changed my callsign a couple of times in PA9KW, PA2C and recently since the 1st of August 2018 in PA1BD which will be my final callsign. The things I like most in ham radio is working DX, contesting, building antennas and Dxpeditioning. The modes I prefer are SSB and CW. I also like to experiment with vertical antennas near the seacoast.
In 2010 I visited a friend of mine, VK5ZMM, in Adelaide South
Australia. We came up with the plan to go on IOTA DXpedition and activate
Kangaroo Island (OC-139) for a couple of days and so we did with my Australian
callsign VK5AUQ. It was a great experience and we’ve learned a lot. Maybe in
the future there will be an opportunity to go on DXpedition again, I hope so. I
have also been a member of the PI4COM Contestgroup Oude Maas for several years
and learned a lot from Ronald, PA3EWP, and Alex, PA1AW, about contesting.
Now I’m working on my pretty small home station. I have built an
antenna mast myself, but due to special circumstances the mast is still on the
ground in the garden. Fortunately the future looks a bit better now and I can
go on with building up my station. I just ordered a Hexbeam G3TXQ at Anthony’s,
MW0JZE. I hope to put up mast and antenna in springtime. Hamradio is fun and I
73 es gud dx de Dirk, PA1BD (EUDXF # 973)
Active EUDXF Member Hans-Martin DK2HM is currently on Malta island again. Today his Malta callsign 9H3HM was prolonged and he will be able to do some shortwave qsos from MARL clubstation today between 17.00 and 1900 utc. Lets see!
Best 73 Hans-Martin DK2HM