Some words about me:
My name is Sven, born in May 1980 in Waiblingen near Stuttgart. In 1995 i started with CB radio with my best friend Jürgen, DL5BB with some cheap 40 channel FM CB radios. Some time later i got in contact with amateur radio which became a magic thing for me. So starting in CB times i searched the band for "dx" stations, but never understood why i could hear them only sometimes. So in 1997 i started my job training at the Sony Company as "Communication Electronic with functional direction in Radio Technology" and finished in 2001. In 2004 i changed the job and came to a swiss company who makes high precise analytical instruments for the chemical industry and so on. In 2007 we left Stuttgart "for a new start" and moved to Würzburg and i started working in the field as a technician (Maintenance & Repairs at customer sites) for the same company. We never regret leaving our home to find such a nice "new one" here in Franconia.
After some years without any radio, in 2008 i got a old cb radio and found one of my friends, Tom, DO6TOM, again after nearly 8 years. He pushed me to learn for the Class E Licence which i got at 09. October 2009 (ex Callsign DO1TKS) and upgraded to Class A Licence at 15. October 2010 (now DL3SG). For me it was a big dream for years to get the licence, and i'm happy every day that i made it then.
Now we are living in Obereisenheim (Grid square JN59CV), between the cities Würzburg and Schweinfurt (Franconia is the northern part of the federal state Bavaria). Our village is directly at the river "Main", in a wonderful landscape. We have around 600 inhabitants here and our village is the "Home of the Silvaner Wine" since 1659. I'm married to my YL Katja since 2006, our both beloved children are Tobias (*2008) and Sarah Liv (*2012).
Here are some pictures of our home village:
Our beautiful Protestant Church (build 1496) and the City Hall
Our lovely ferry across the river Main (renewed 2013)
One of our wine restaurants (we have two traditional franconian restaurants, the "Rose" and the "Schiff" in our village)
Small, but effective:
Yaesu FT 2000 with AC0C Roofing Filter "true 3khz AddOn"
Baofeng UV-5R for portable VHF/UHF
UniSDR with connection to the FT2000 ZF, used as Spectroscope
Ameritron AL-811H (max. 750Watts)
Yaesu G-1000DXC Rotor Controller
Headset Mic: Heil ProSet Elite
Our house from the northwest sight, winter 2013:
160-40m: Gap Voyager
20-10m: Optibeam 9-5
6m: Cross Dipole
2m & 70cm: Diamond X-30, 2m 8ele Jaybeam Yagi
Mobile & Portable:
TRX: Yaesu FT 857D
Diamond NR-770R or CR-77 for VHF/UHF
Diamond HFX-20 & HFX-40
for 2m SSB i use a 10 elements Koni Yagi (easy to pack in the car in 3 pieces) or 8 elements Jaybeam Yagi (a older one, but still works fine)
HF: ca. 8.5m Multiband 20-10m Vertical (Design DL5BB) with matchbox
May 2011 during DARC 2m Contest, first Test of my Koni 10 element Yagi, best distance was 578km - the antenna is at only 5m above ground, and i only used ca. 50 Watts powered by 6x12Ah Batteries. At the moment i miss a portable mast, so 2m activities are very rare.
My company car with special plate *g - mounted antenna's there are a HFX-20 and CR-77 - i think i made more contacts to ZL with it than at home (because of the band opening times... mostly i'm at work then)
For holidays we have a Knaus Südwind 550 TKM Caravan - i really love it and enjoying every day with it making vacations on the baltic or mediteranian sea - we visited some countries during the last 12 years - SM, OZ, SP, OE, HB9, F, I, 9A - but sadly nothing far away because traveling is expensive ;-)
Sometimes there's some free time at vacation for some QSOs but most of the time we have family time. So i'm glad about every single QSO i could make with my small portable eqipment (mostly my 857D with 100w's and 10m "Fuchskreis" endfed antenna (10m GFK mast with wire, and a feeding box at the ground).
I am Chairman of the DARC DOK B18, Würzburg since April 2013 and also QSL manager there.
I am member of the German DX Foundation (#899 since November 2013)
I'm also member of the Amateurfunk Unterfranken e.V. (see lower picture, the club house on the Blosenberg southwest of Würzburg)
My main interest is shortwave DX'ing, and sometimes contests (if i have time for it, not easy with two little children. The main event in the ham year for me is the CQWW SSB Contest- i'm happy all the time when i could rise my points from year to year, and it's ever a great fun also trying to stay as long as possible on the TRX (last year 26h of 48h... the children were at home, so i couldn't do more).
A big dream would be part of a DxPedition to a rare place (where my YL let me go ;-) but i think i would never have enough money for it. So if you're reading this and actually searching for a "rookie" on your DxPedition - feel free to ask me - i would be happy anyway to make something possible...!
A nice thing around ham radio is that i could speak some english nearly every day i'm on air - and improve it constantly. So please pe patient if it's not fluently sometimes, but i try to get better ;-) It's so beautiful to make friends around the world and get known of places where non-ham's didn't ever heard of like states in Oceania or the subantarctical Islands.
I also like homebrewing antennas, accessories and small circuits for the shack. In my job the knowledge to solder single components is getting more rare - i see it at my colleagues. So i try to build as much as i can by myself, also for the fun seeing something is working (again after repair). This is a technician's work - not only changing modules and selling things...!
There are still some DXCC's missing (expecially in the Southern Pacific Region (not easy to reach from my QTH). Actually (Summer 2014) i got 283 DXCC's in my log, so every new one is a hard fight...
I prefer paper QSL's and send mostly via bureau and confirming every card with the same way. Direct is also possible, there is no need for IRC or $'s (It's a hobby...). I also upload my log to LOTW and eQsl.
SWL Cards are also welcome!
And at least some words about direct sent cards... which i do sometimes to get some new DXCCs confirmed: To all the managers for DX stations: When you write "not more than 2 QSLs in one letter" then i think i'm getting also 2 QSLs back, not only one. And also the same when i put a sticker with 7 QSOs on two cards (same OM, but different Calls) then i think i get 2 QSLs for my 2 $s... not 2 cards with 6 QSOs with one callsign, and still missing the other activity :-| BE FAIR! Say what it costs and say what i get for my bucks... so i could put additional $$ inside or don't send it...
It costs a lot of money to get DXCCs confirmed. For me it's necessary to get one QSO/DXCC confirmed, that's ok... but not paying around and didn't get back what i payed for...
I hope to hear you on the frequencies - if you hear me, give me a call!
73 es good DX de
I support the DX Code of Conduct:
There's no way around good pileup practice and discipline. Any distortions on a rare DX costs a few contacts, and think about - when you would work them and you are talking over others signals, somedays the same could happen to you and you also miss a rare one... so please please please take a look at the DX Code of Conduct and think about!
...and at least i have to say many many thanks to:
My lovely YL Katja for accepting my hobby (sometimes, but she normally hates it....;-)
and my both children Tobias and Sarah for giving me so much i couldn't put in words! Maybe one day they also get into this beautiful hobby ;-) ???
(my doughter Sarah helped me adjusting the endfeed vertical by pressing the ptt when i tuned, 09/13 in IK3)
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