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DJ2PJ   60 Years On Airwaves   1955 - 2015  

Having been a shortwave listener since early 1954, I received my callsign DJ2PJ on the 5th of January 1955. First QSOs from my own, homebuilt station are documented in autumn 1955. There are more than 120,000 QSOs in my log since that date, and more than 25,000 contacts since the beginning of the year 2000 when I started electronic logging.

I am using the callsign OHØJWH whenever I visit Eckerö Island in the Åland Archipelagos. Over the years, the Ålands have become sort of a second home for me.

DJ2PJ during his very first QSO from the shack of DJ2FL in 1955

My main focus in amateur radio is directed to CW, RTTY, and the Digimodes (in this order). I am active on all shortwave bands and on 144 MHz (more or less specialised on Sporadic-E, Aurora). 

I love DX without the DXCC (I am not a member of DXCC any more; I strictly reject the ARRL policy, including LoTW). In Mixed Mode I have everything of the current DXCC list (340 entities) worked and confirmed; 339 thereof in CW (only P5 missing), 311 in RTTY, 280 in SSB, 199 in PSK, 22 in MFSK, 21 in HELL, and 30 in SSTV (figures as of December 2014).

I have contacted more than 750 IOTA groups and more than 1,400 WFF reference numbers.

Station layout:

Transceivers: FT-1000D, FT-1000MP Mk V, IC-746, TS-60 (50 MHz, not in use)

Amplifier: AL-1200

Accessories: 2x microKEYER II (incl K1EL's WINKeyer) using KENT twin paddle or ETM-paddle, ETM-9C memory keyer

Antenna tuners: MFJ-989C, AT1KM

Antennas: CL-33M (3-element yagi on 20, 15, 10 metres), AV-640 (vertical for all bands between 40 and 10 metres), shortened Inverted Vee for 80 metres, TONNA 17-element long yagi for 144 MHz

Antenna rotator: RC5A-3

PCs: AMD Athlon2 X3 455 (3 x 3.3 GHz), 4 GB RAM DDR3 PC1333, 500 GB SATAII HDD and AMD FX-8350 Eight Core Processor, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD8450, 1 TB HDD


In the shack of DJ2PJ (2013)


Roof-mounted 3-element CL-33M for 20, 15, and 10 metres and a 17-element long yagi for 144 MHz


AV-640 vertical for 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 metres


Amateur Radio Club Memberships:

Deutscher Amateur-Radio Club (DARC; DOK F45), the High Speed Club (HSC; #258), the European DX Foundation (EUDXF; #145), the German DX Foundation (GDXF; #235), the Feld Hell Club (FHC; #198), the European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC; #1175), the Rhine Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA), and the TOPS CW Club (#500).


QSL policy:

I do not support anything which could obviate the need for an exchange of paper QSLs or endanger the mere existence of paper QSLs!

The exchange of paper QSLs belongs to the most important and indispensible foundations of amateur radio. That's why all sorts of eQSLs and even Logbook of the World should be in no way supported or encouraged. Do not follow the migration of lemmings! You'd carry amateur radio to its grave!

I fill in a QSL for every first contact per frequency band and mode, without waiting for confirmation. Cards will be sent to the DARC QSL Bureau at least every two months.

In case you worked DJ2PJ after 1st November 2013, you will be receiving this QSL:

Life beyond amateur radio...... (yes, it exists!)

I was born in Elblag, Poland, in October 1935.

Grown up and school education in Nienburg (North Germany), studies of Psychology, German and English Literature (Hamburg and Marburg Universities).

Professional life until retirement (1998): science journalist, book editor, translator and author (i. a. two books and a Morse course for amateur radio). From 1972 to 1995 director of examinations and publishing in a Frankfurt scientific institute for adult education; from 1995 until retirement managing director of a limited company developing and selling programmed and syllabus-orientated language tests and assessment materials all over the world. German representative in European organisations for further education and testing.

I am married to my wife Inge, a wonderful girl who used to work as a scientific translator and editor. We have two children and more than enjoy four grandchildren.

DJ2PJ's other passions:


Gardening and Garden Design

(Experimental) Photography


Tortoises & Turtles




More and detailed information on my website: 



If you want to see yourself (or others...) in my log (from January 2000 till today):



If you'd like to take a walk through my garden:



In case you had a QSO with me while being OHØJWH on the Åland Islands, have a look at



All photographs taken by and/or copyright 2010-2015 by DJ2PJ


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