Thanks for looking up my bio on qrz.com !
I've got my ticket as DK3XT in May 1970.
I've always been interested in working VHF,
made my first steps on VHF/2m working with
a homemade crystal-controlled fixed frequency
AM transmitter of 8watts and a pair of vertically
stacked hb9cv antennas. Working a distance
of 30km was called "DX" in those days.
Moved on to a qth in Hamburg/Northern Germany,
set up 2x13ele 3wl DJ9BV antennas, Icom IC201
and a PA of 80watts output.
Made countless meteorscatter qsos in high speed cw from a
UHER 4-speed taperecorder and a homemade memory keyer.
QSOs in MS usually ran over 2hours, 5min periods
and max 600lpm.
My best lucky shot in meteorscatter marks a qso with the
Iceland dxpedition of GM3YOR/TF in August 1978,
which gave us the honor of having completed the
1st ever recorded qso on VHF between Iceland and WestGermany.
I left Hamburg in the 1980s, various jobs and
a marriage took me to places in southern Germany.
With a VE-team on Bitburg AirForce Base in May 1995,
I got my US ticket as AB7IY (extra class) after having
been licensed as KC7CZY (technician) before.
In those days, key requirement for the Extra Class
was passing a morse code exam with 100lpm (20wpm).
As AB7IY, I extensively travelled the USA, so far,
visited 24 of the 50 states. My heart, though,
will always belong to the down-to-earth people and
my beloved friends in Roy/Montana/Fergus County,
in the middle of nowhere, where America is, what America was.
From 1996 - 2006, I was owner and webmaster of "meteorscatter.net" .
After being sporadically qrv, I seriously went back on the air
from JN49fe on Sept1st, 2013 with a qso in FSK441 with OM5CM .
My current rig consists of an 8ele YU7EF, lna HA8ET in a masthead box
with separate high power coax switch, two separate rx/tx lowloss
coax lines to a Beko HLV300, and a vintage FT221R. The rx line
is directly connected to the 1st rx stage of the FT221R,
all rx/tx switching is done in the masthead box,
controlled by a sequencer.
My radio programs are running on a mil-spec Panasonic CF-30 toughbook.
This outfit, in a year's timespan from Sept1st,2013 till Aug31st,2014
gave me a couple hundred WSJT-qsos and 257 of Europe's qth-locators,
with hopefully more to come.
Update : As of Oct 23rd, 2014, the short 8ele YU7EF has been replaced with a single 3wl 11ele YU7EF yagi.
Update : As of Dec 17th, 2014, I've worked 277 of Europe's qth-locs, MS, Tropo & Es only; no EME (yet), no Aurora (latitude too far down south for frequent Au).
73, Bernie DK3XT/AB7IY
Dettenheim/Germany -JN49fe- Dec 17th, 2014