Welcome everyone around the world here at DK2EA, JO50UF.
First steps into the scene of amateur-radio I did in 1961/1962 when at radio-tinkering by random at first time I heard some radio-amteurs on the 80m-band in AM-mode. Only through self-study and books I aquired the knowledge which is important to get an amateurradio license. At least I got my Call DK2EA in May 1967 at the age of 22 during doing the 18-months military-service at German "Bundeswehr" as a PFC.
First equipment was a homebrew converter with legendary 417A, behind Hammarlund HQ129X and a homebrew TX 30 watts AM/CW. Because living in a building with 9 housing units I only was 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. In this way I did first experience on VHF.
In spring 1970 a friend of mine, sk DC6SI and me we built up a selfconstructed 30m-tower up upon a hill not far from our hometown at 728m asl and the first aerial has been 4 x 10Ele Yagi for 2m, later on followed by a 20Ele-collinear, 2x 14Ele Parabeam and the last ones were 2x17Ele F9FT. We had great success and did QSO´s 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 we took the chance getting one house for our own at fairly good location on the southside of a hilltop. There is where still I live. The new situation allowed me upgrading rig and antennas at will. But favourite field still was VHF, HF only in between with a FB33 for 20/15/10m. Of most interest were the sporadic-E-openings and as in spring 1990 a limited number of DL-OM´s got licenses for 6m, I was one of the first of them. 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 could 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 1010 grid-squares. But folks I have to tell you often it´s been a hard job...
Since may this year 2015 I´m additionally QRV on 4m - due to DL-rules QRP 25watts ERP with one HB9CV-antenna. This activity will shut down on 31. of august when restricted permission ends. Next year - ??
Meet you on the bands!
73, Wolfgang "Wolf" DK2EA
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