I was born in Elche SE Spain on 1965 my hometown. After several years studing to be Electronic Engineer, and living in Stevenage (Herts) UK, I return home to be in charge of my family's company. I got married with Isabel on 1991 and have one son Antonio (1993) and one daugther Isabel (1997).
I share my free time between my two hobbies: Ham radio and angling from my boat. On the right side of this text you can see my last big catch on April 2011, which I am very proud of.
After passing the test, I was first licensed on October 6th, 1981 with the callsign EC5ANY. On June 26th, 1982 I upgraded to "A" Class. Then, I got the callsign EA5DFH. Some years later, I decided to apply for a vanity call. It's then, on June 1987 when I got the call EA5BY.
I am an active DX chaser and Contester on CW and SSB mainly, but sometimes you can find me playing some digital modes as well. I have operated with the following contest group callsigns: AM5BY, AM5M, AO1DX/5, EA1DX, EA1DX/5, EA3CQQ/5, EA5BQB/p, EA5BY, EA5DFH, EA5RS, EA8ZS, EA9OB, ED5M, ED6DXX, EE5E, EF5HQ, EF8HQ.
On February 24th 2012, I have been appointed as a DXCC Card Checker, by the ARRL.
I'm always interested in hearing what I sound like in other parts of the world. If you happen to make a recording, please send me a copy or link. SDR WAV files or screenshots of a waterfall showing my signal are also appreciated.
I like QSL cards so much and I have a nice collection. I always answer all BURO cards and SWL reports. I reply all received direct cards on the same day normally. I am a LoTW user and I upload my logs monthly. I do not use e-QSL.
I have among others, the following awards: 10B-DXCC, ARRL-DXCC #1 HONOR ROLL, DXCC CHALLENGE, 5B-WAZ #991, WAS, WPX SSB #2545, WAC, DIPLOMA LYNX #13, EADX100 (Mixed-CW-SSB-DIG), USA County Award #2873.
Into my shack, you can see:
Rigs: Yaesu FT1000D (my favourite), Yaesu FT1000MP, Yaesu FT100D, Icom IC756, Kenwood TS590S & TS480SAT, DRAKE TR7 complete line.
Amps: Acom 2000A, Ameritron AL1500X, Expert K1-FA, ZZ-750
Peripheral equipment: microHam MK2R+, 2x ICE 419 band pass filters, Nye Viking MBVA and Drake MN2700 antenna matching networks,Kenpro KR2800SDX rotator, Diamond SX200, BOSE QC2 noise cancelling headphones, Schurr Key, WX0B Six Pack antenna switch, MM3 by AEA.
Antennas: Cushcraft A4, Hy-Gain TH5MKII, Cushcraft 40-2CD, Force 12 EF180A, shunt fed tower 160 & 80m., Butternut HF2V, sloper 40-80-160, WARC bands rotatable dipole, 5 elements beam for 50MHz, Diamond X500 for V-UHF.
I will make schedules with stations who are pursuing any award.
I am member of: URE (Vice-President & Treasurer), Lynx DX Group (former president), Clipperton DX Club, ARRL (Card checker), NCDXF, HIDXF.
Epinephelus marginatus - "Cherna"
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