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 I 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 2hours, 5min periods, 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
my 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 qrv every now and then, I went back on the air
from JN49fe on Sept 1st, 2013 with a qso in FSK441 with OM5CM .
My rig consists of a single 3wl yagi YU7EF, lna HA8ET and
high power coaxial relay in a box attached to the antenna pole.
Split rx/tx lowloss coax lines run to an SSPA Beko HLV1000 and
a US-specs FT736R.
The rx line connects directly to the 1st rx stage of the FT736R.
Rx/Tx switching is done in the antenna box, controlled by a sequencer.
The antenna box sits right below the roof, coaxial relay and lna are
air-cooled by fan. Rotor is a KENPRO KR-5600A, Az/El controlled by
ERC-M interface and YO3DMU's PstRotator with moontracker.
My radio programs are running on a mil-spec Panasonic CF-30 toughbook.
current standings & grid counts since Sept 1st,2013 :
As of July 16th,2016 I've worked 416 worldwide qth-locators, 54 DXCCs
via MS, EME, Tropo, Es & Aurora.
Since my first EME-qso on Feb 22nd,2015, I've worked 183 qsos /
110 inits, all continents, 19 US states / 28 US inits.
On June 30th,2015 I expanded my terrestial VHF ODX to 3148km in a qso
with EA8TX/Canary Islands/IL18qi, in a mix of MS into Atlantic Tropo.
We completed the qso in 28 minutes.
On July 17th,2015 I've worked EA8TX once again, this time in SSB
via Es propagation.
We completed the qso in 30 seconds.
On Aug 30th,2015 I've worked TF3CY via EME, almost to the day 37 years
after my 1st contact DL-TF with GM3YOR/TF.
On Oct 7th,2015 I've worked ZL2ADU via EME, setting my ODX to 18434km.
On Oct 27th,2015 I've worked TO2EME via EME, first time I've managed
to work a "real" EME-dxpedition. After about 4 days of listening
to an ever growing pile-up, everything fell into place :
excellent operators, early morning moonset, very low degrad,
very quiet band, no man made noise, no pile-up, I clearly picked up
their "CQ", and my single yagi weak signal finally made it through.
Looking forward to meet you on VHF/2m :
73, Bernie DK3XT/AB7IY
Dettenheim/Germany -JN49fe- July 24th, 2016