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Radio has always been with my family.

From my grandmother I learnt that her grandfather already played with radio equipment in the 1920th looking for far away transmitters. As young girl my grandmother always had to take the empty "anode-battery" to the next village (pharmacy shop) to recharge for her beloved grandfather ........ ------nothing more to add..

Currently there are 3 licenced hams in my family, but this number will increase.

DJ5MN made his first documented QSO May 1st 1963 ( 80m phone AM with Geloso VFO , 807 tube final stage & W3DZZ wire antenna) with DJ8EW, Lothar.

From 1990 on I became extremely interested in satellite DXing (282 DXCC worked, number 1 top scorer in satellite DXCC since year 2000).

Being "infected" by my mentor DL5MAE,I started to enjoy EME in CW and SSB on 2m, 70cm, 23cm and 3cm (no digital so far as I don't like a computer to take over my nice hobby). Good old Albert (my God father of radio), DL7MAT, sk, helped me with lots of mechanics for my 2 dishes. Without his help I would not have been able to moonbounce at all.

Playing with satellite, 2m and EME-stuff I found very good friends: Christo LZ1DP, Laura 3A2MD and Mikio JA3GEP...... not to forget Hardy DC8TS (sk) and Werner DG2SBW, my buddies!

Another "virus" was transfered from DL5RBW, Roger, to me: low-band DXing.... ..especially on 160m. .......today I spend a lot of time on 1.8 MHz....listening mostly to noise, QRM and lightning crashes.. -- ....sometimes interupted by a whisper of DX signals.....currently 257 DXCCs worked on 160m in all 40  WAZ zones.

I tried 137kHz with ordinary CW, but computer-modes are too common on that band despite CW and a good operator (ears!!!) could do it nearly as well (better?).

On 472 kHz as well as on 505,1 kHz (as DI2MN) I used a full size quarter wave  vertical (!) for some time, but I lost interest in 600m again .....too little activity and again digi-modes that "limit" at least my fun with the hobby to a very low level.

On 6m I was able to get one of the early "experimental licences" in the early 1990s with the help of some good friends. With 3 W and dipole I worked 124 DXCCs in 6 years before I got better equipment for the magic band.

For the last years a special "non-ham" call and licence was issued to me (DI2MN) for experimental test-transmissions on 505.1 kHz and 70 MHz.The licence has now been extended to 2015. On top the 70 MHz band has now been temporarily opened for hams in DL again. I am happy that to a very little extent my statistics, band observations and related documentation may have helped to open 4m to us. Special thanks go to Uli, DK4VW, who did a fantastic job dealing with the responsible authorities to get 4m back in the hands of  German hams. As DJ5MN resp- DI2MN I worked 45 DXCCs and more than 300 squares on 4m.

Beside this, DI2MN may claim first ever 4m-QSO between Germany and

- Hungary with Gabi, HA1YA

- Macedonia with Mike, Z31MA

- Malta, with John,  9H1XT

- Montenegro, with Chris,  4O/PA2CHR

DI2MN may have worked  first ever cross-band QSO 4m / 6m  between Germany and

- Israel, with Chris, 4X1RF

DJ5MN may claim  first ever 4m-QSO between Germany and

- Bulgaria, with Krassi, LZ4KK/p

- Gibraltar, with Jean, ZB2/ON7EQ

DJ5MN may have worked  first ever cross band QSO 4m / 6m between Germany and

- Austria with Pete, OE5MPL


Today, in 2015, I have to limit my time for ham radio due to family, but playing with 10 year old Julia and 3 year old Tobias is FUN ....and Julia already operated HF-contests at the age of 4 signing DN1MUC....now she's using "her own" call DN5JD under my supervision...hihi. Tobias started "his ham radio career"in March 2015 at the age of 3 as DN5KID working 3W2LI on 10m.



ALL QSLs received via bureau are QSLed VIA BUREAU 150 %


My calls used from various locations, from 160m-10m, 6m, 4m,  2m MS, 2m EME, 70cm EME, 23 CM EME , satellite,...

3A/DJ5MN, OM9AME, OM/DJ5MN/p, LZ/DJ5MN, IS0/DJ5MN, Y2/DG6MGP/p, HB0/DJ5MN, F/DG6MGP, TA4/DJ5MN, TA1/DJ5MN, SV5/DJ5MN, IK/DG6MGP, T7/DG6MGP, F/DJ5MN, 1P0MN, OE/DJ5MN, 3A/DG6MGP, HB9/DJ5MN, DJ5MN/mm, IN3/DJ5MN, LZ/DG6MGP, W7/DJ5MN (QRV from top of  vulcano Mt. Hood!!), SV9/DJ5MN

operated at 4U1VIC (QSL to OE-bureau), LZ1KWT (QSL to LZ1DP),

Planned next activity: 2016 (assumably  from somewhere in the Mediterranean)

Servus, hawet Ehre und Pfiad God!

Bernhard DJ5MN

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