One of my main interests in amateur radio is contesting, where I'm always trying to beat my own previous record, and where I might occasionally come in the top three of a category. But only if I choose the right contest ;-) - in the big worldwide contests, I'm very lucky if I can get into a top 100. The other thing about contesting which I like is that there is no requirement or obligation to send QSL cards. Because I have NO interest in sending or receiving QSL cards.
Also important to me are the ham-radio oriented websites which I maintain - these are:
I'm a member of my local Amateur Radio Club, the Isarwinkel club DK0IW (IW = Isar Winkel) in the German DOK C07. The Club is fortunate enough to have a Club Station out in the country - so QRM is normally at a minimum - a few kilometers east of Bad Tölz, and on top of a small hill surrounded by rich meadows, moorland and mixed woods. The Alps are just a couple of kilometers away to the south.
The station is doubly fortunate to own a 34-meter vertical antenna - perfect for 160 meters -
- and the Club often achieves good results in the CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest. The antenna can also be made to tune onto other bands (apart from 80-meters), and I myself (under my previous callsign DK1ROB) have made contact with VP6DX (Ducie Island, Pitcairn, S.Pacific) on 20m and 40m using it.
We also have a Titanex 11-element wire log periodic on a small mast, only 10 meters high, but it works quite well.
My first callsign was DK1ROB, issued in 2007, which was a nice "vanity" callsign but, when spelled out as "Delta Kilo One Romeo Oscar Bravo" with 12 syllables was rather too long when calling repeatedly in contests (and was even worse when I lived for a while in Italy: "Italy Stroke Delta Kilo One Romeo Oscar Bravo"!), so came up with the shorter callsign DM1CM which has only 7 syllables. A decent saving when calling without recorded messages!
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