Some words about me:
My name is Sven, born 1980 in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, married with my YL Katja since 2006 and we have two children: Tobias (February 2008) and Sarah Liv (January 2012).
In 1995 i started with CB radio with my best friend Jürgen, DL5BB with some scrappy 40 channel FM 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 with my small eqipment. 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 my working company and 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). 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 (Franken)- the northern part of the federal state Bavaria). Our village is directly at the river "Main", in a wonderful landscape with wine hills and fertile farmlands. We have around 600 inhabitants here and our village is the "Home of the Silvaner Wine" since 1659.
Here are some pictures of our home village:
The 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:
Kenwood TS 590 (160-6m) with VGS-1 Extension.
Baofeng UV-5R for portable VHF/UHF
Noxon DAB+ Stick, modified for RX on 67 MHz up to 1700 MHz
Ameritron AL-811H (max. 750Watts)
Yaesu G-1000DXC Rotor Controller
Headset Mic: Beyerdynamic DT291 with Xenyx 502 Mixer
Video Babyphone RX for watching my little daughter upstairs ;-)
From left to right: in the background the top of the 16m high Vertical for 40 & 80m (see lower picture), then the mast with the X-510 for 2m & 70cm (i could reach a lot of relais with it even i'm in a valley), and under the X-510 there's the feeding of my 2x 19,5m Inverted V Dipol. On the right side of the house it's the Optibeam 9-5 - my door to the world - with it i'm doing 95% of my DX Qso's during the year. The OB 9-5 also has a good swr on 6m, a bandwith of about 700khz under 2:1, so i will test the beam also on 6m in the next season. I really love this antenna, and also a little bit proud we (DL5BB and i) put it up as a two-man-show in March 2012 :-))) There's some space on the rotating mast above. maybe for a 40m rotary dipole in the future?
Here's the sight from the garden - the 16.2m high GFK Wire Trap Vertical. The 40m Trap is on 10m, and shortens the 80m part. Normally i should cut another meter on the top, but put it up is not possible alone. So i have to use my AT2K for it, also on 40m in the top part. But it's only some turns on the inductor, so who cares. During my winter holidays 2012 i reached JA on 80 and VK + ZL with 18500km with it. So after some years of only listening i got these (for me) rare DXCCs on this bands in the log :-)
In the summertime i have to put the vertical down because of the radials on the ground and for my both children. So i have to think about a 40m alternative for the summer (but not a real problem - a dipole is build up in some minutes and i didn't had a 40m antenna for 8 months and in the summer i don't miss it.
Mobile & Portable:
TRX: Yaesu FT 857D
Diamond NR-770R or Diamond CR-77, various monoband antennas for the "classical" HF bands
for 2m SSB i use a 10 elements Koni Yagi or 8 elements Jaybeam Yagi
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.
When you hear me mobile, i am on the roads with this nice car (and my special licence plate :-))). Antennas mounted are a Diamond CR-77 for 2m/70cm and Diamond HFX-20 + HFX-40 or some cheap antennas for 20m in winter (because of the salt i don't want to waste the good Diamond antennas) and 15 & 10m. My Yaesu FT-857D (with separation kit) does 100W output, enough for ZL, VK, YB, W.
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 (the sea is a important thing in holiday - without it there's something missing for leisure)
I am Chairman of the DARC DOK B18, Würzburg, since April 2013 and also QSL manager there. I'm also member of the Amateurfunk Unterfranken e.V.
My main interest is HF 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 24h of 48. the children were at home, so i couldn't did 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.!
.there are still some DXCC's missing (mostly in the pacific area or the very rare subantarctical islands and some dangerous areas like P5, YK, 5A). Actually (in April 2013) i got 257 DXCC's in my log.
I like 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!
I hope to hear you on the frequencies - if you hear me, give me a call!
73 es good DX de
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and remember it in the next pileup!
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 about 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!
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