Welcome everyone around the world here at DK2EA, JO50UF.
In 1961/1962 I took my first steps into the scene of amateur radio. While radio-tinkering by random I heard some radio-amateurs on the 80m-band in AM-mode for the first time. Solely from self-study and books I aquired the knowledge which is important to get an amateur radio license. At least I got my Call DK2EA in May 1967 at the age of 22 during 18-months military-service at German "Bundeswehr" as a PFC.
Equipment of 1st hour was a homebrew 2m-converter with legendary 417A, behind Hammarlund HQ129X and a homebrew 2m-TX 30 watts AM/CW. Because I was living in a building with 9 housing units I was only able to insert a rod with 2 x 4Ele Yagi through the skylight of my shack at the attic outside of the roof and back from there when QRT. That way I gained first experience on VHF.
In spring 1970 a friend of mine, sk DC6SI, and me built up a selfconstructed 30m-tower upon a hill not far from our hometown at 728m asl. The first aerial has been 4x 10Ele Yagi for 2m, later on followed by a 20Ele-collinear, 2x 14Ele Parabeam and the last ones were 2x 17Ele F9FT. We had great success and did QSOs up to 2000km via tropo to SM2 or very far into Russia/Ukraine. Due to personell circumstances we closed this project in 1986.
In autumn 1970 my parents and me took the chance of getting a house of our own at fairly good location on the southside of a hilltop. There is where I still live. The new situation allowed me to upgrade rig and antennas at will. But my favourite field still was VHF, HF only in between with a FB33 for 20/15/10m. Of most interest were the sporadic-E-openings. When in spring 1990 a limited number of DL-OM´s got licenses for 6m, I was one of the first. 1990-1993 have been years of outstanding good propagation via F2&TEP on 6m and so with my small X-verter of 15watts into a 3-Ele-TV-yagi for channel two I was able to work all continents. Similar good propagation followed in 2000-2003. Today, 2015, hard to believe - but it´s true! During these 25 years operating on the "magic band" I reached 214 DXCC-units and 1012 grid-squares. But folks I have to tell you it's often been a hard job...
Since May 2015 I'm additionally QRV on 4m - due to DL-rules QRP 25watts ERP with one HB9CV-antenna. This activity will be shut down on 31st of August when restricted permission ends. Next year - ??
I'm QRV 80m to 23cm, modes CW/SSB/FM, so let's meet on the bands!
73, Wolfgang "Wolf" DK2EA, optional also as OP at DL0HEL & DF0HF
My daughter Violet, DH1NVM, is QRV from here, too, while she's at home.
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