I was first licensed in The Netherlands back in 1996 at the age of 17. Callsigns I held were PE1RQT, PA3HHA, PA5RA and finally PA5R that I still own. In 2009 I moved to Germany and now live in DOK I43. Not until 2012 I applied for my German callsign DJ5MO.
I've always been interested in DX hunting and DXCC. In the year 2001 I went on my first expedition to Luxembourg with 6 other radio friends. In the following 10 years we undertook several expeditions to LX, GU and OJ0, in total making well over 100,000 QSOs. In the picture at the top right you can see me on Market Reef in front of the lighthouse that was our shack, and a special place on the earth for DXCC.
Next to this, I was active in the contestgroup PA6Z, starting out as a small group of enthousiasts, and growing into being one of the major contest stations in the Multi operator Multi transmitter category in The Netherlands. Some pictures of our antennas and the station setup are below.
Sadly, we were forced to give up our contest location in 2010, and never found a good alternative site for such a large station. So this story ended.
As an alternative, I set out to start contesting from my new home in Germany. The station is still under construction, as are my operating skills as single operator / low power. I always need technical and personal challenge, and for me that brings operating with 2 transmitters or SO2R. This is a wonderfull way of increasing your rates while keeping you focussed, but it requires great operating skill and a dedicated station setup that is not easy to accomplish. The station setup currently consists of:
Icom IC7700 + Kenwood TS950SDX, both connected via Microham USBII interfaces to the logging PC. For logging I always use N1MM. Antennas are a Titannex DLP15 @21m for 10 to 40m and a homemade multiband vertical with an automatic coupler at the feeding point for 10 to 160m. A second beam is planed fixed east for 10, 15 and 20m, as are dedicated RX antennas for the low bands. The radios are separated by high power band filters by 4O3A, the best I could find and they do their job perfectly, no interfearance on whatever combination of bands and antennas I use. At the time they are manually switched, but a high power band data controlled switch matrix is in the process of building, so the filters will automatically follow the radio VFOs.
I have always preferred CW for contesting, but run SSB as well for DXCC hunting. I hope to contact you in any major contest, and I'm happy to qsl via the DARC buro or direct.
73 Jelmer DJ5MO /PA5R