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 rig consists of a single 3wl yagi YU7EF, lna HA8ET and
high power coaxial relay in a masthead box, split rx/tx
lowloss coax lines to an SSPA Beko HLV1000, and a vintage FT221R
with external digital display. The rx line is directly connected to
the 1st rx stage of the FT221R, rx/tx switching is done in the masthead
box, controlled by a sequencer. The masthead box sits right below the
roof, coaxial relay & lna are air-cooled by fan. I have an FT736R
on the workbench for some mods, which soon will replace the FT221R.
My radio programs are running on a mil-spec Panasonic CF-30 toughbook.
In a year's timespan, from Sept1st,2013 till Aug31st,2014
I've worked 257 of Europe's qth-locators.
current grid count :
As of May 24th,2015, I've worked a total of 300 qth-locators,
MS, EME, Tropo, Es, Aurora.
Looking forward to meet you on VHF/2m :
73, Bernie DK3XT/AB7IY
Dettenheim/Germany -JN49fe- May 24th,2015