I'm a fascinated by radio since I was thirteen/fourteen years old. I begun with a simple talky-walky for children with a good friend then I eared truckers and propagation on the eleven meters (I was very surprised to hear Spanish and Italians in !!!)
I started my hobby with Citizen Band during few years until I met 2 hams near my QRA (Chinon-37) in 1995-'96 (F9JZ op: Jean and F1IPT op: Maurice). I was very interested to get my licence but it was a little bit hard for me (technic level + CW).
I bought my first HF transceiver in 1997 (ICOM 725) and continued to made some DX on eleven meters ; the virus was definitively contracted, but .
I stopped all radio activities in 2000 and sold all parts of my station, just kept few stuff and antennas ; this QRT was due to QSY in an other city for professionnal activities during 9 years (LE MANS, the famous race city: "Les 24H du Mans" !).
The virus came back in 2009 when I bought a RCI 2950 for eleven meters DX-ing; and I did an other QSY to a new city: RENNES-Brittany.
It wasn't enough (HF fever !).
So I bought an ICOM 746 in July 2010 to continue DX activities on eleven meters and Short Wave Listening.
It wasn't enough at all !!!
I took contact with an Ham association near my QRA (Association des Radio-Amateurs du 35: "ARA 35") in October 2010 !
I met many OM and they encouraged me to get my ham licence. After fews bads and goods evenements/meetings (I lost my "professor" F1IPT Maurice, and F6GGR Alain a good friend who welcomed me in ARA35; they are SK now but forever in my mind), I decided to work hard for getting the "invaluable sesame".
I obtained my HAM licence in January 23rd 2012 (not in totality: only class 3, rookie licence for VHF exclusively) and took my first callsign (F0GXX) right on time in 2012 February 24th for the French Contest "Coupe du REF" and for activating TM6GGR (a special call in memory of our friend F6GGR, SK in March 2011) with "The French Old Timer Team".
(You can visit the French Old Timer Time website: http://www.french-old-timer-team.com/)
Having failed on my first attempt to get the class 2 ham licence, I tryed a second time on thursday following the French contest and obtained it !!!
So I kept my first callsign during only 6 days !
Now I'm working on HF and VHF bands from my car (F4GXX/M with a YAESU FT-857D) and from family home in JN07de (Chinon-37) operating F4GXX/P.
I can't install any HF antenna in my apartment anyway (no place and too much QRN), so I only do Short Wave Listening at home, when I can (listening HF with WebSDR on european webradio stations).
My favorites antennas for "mobile HF operations" (but parked) are 1/4 lambda full size vertical for 40/20/10m (one for each band, not at the same time, HI !!!).
My favorite activity is antenna building/rebuilding and DX; if I could have my own QRA (with a real shack and many place in the backyard, HI !), I think that I would make some contests, also.
You can watch me with the "French-Old-Timer-Team" in videos, activating TM6GGR, during French Contests "Coupe du REF 2012" (HF & THF):
I accept to send and receive QSL card, you can send it to the bureau or directly to my address at your convenience. I also accept (I prefer) QSL by e-mail.
I didn't have my own QSL card actually, I must design one (inspiration breakdown). Thank you for your patience !
Thank you for reading and for your attention, see you soon on QRG.
Good luck and good DX.
My job: I'm working in a small company in metal working, on a milling center (HARTFORD LG-1000 under FANUC). I can do some traditionnal milling and lathe also, sometimes.
My current locators when I'm operating are:
IN97dx (activating F4GXX/M, few km from my QRA on a high point @ 117m from sea level)
JN07de (activating /P from family QRA)
IN87hq (activating F4GXX/M, near (or on) the beach, during some week-ends.
* YAESU FT-857D
* Full size 1/4 wave length for 40m [P]
* Full size 1/4 wave length for 20m [P]
* Full size 1/4 wave length for 10m [P] (the famous "Paris-Dakar" antenna in stainless version !)
* HF80-CL [D] or [P]
* HF40-FX [D]
* SIRTEL Santiago 1200 [D] or [P]
* PRESIDENT Texas (old version, center loaded !) [D] or [P]
* LAFAYETTE SG 7900 VHF/UHF [D]
(12.5m fiberglass pole with 1/4WL wire for 40 meter band plugged directly to the chassis SO239 on the roof, car chassis for counterpoise)
(2013 July 07th 10:22PM, locator IN97dx)
* YAESU FT-857D
* ICOM IC-756 Pro III
* ICOM IC-746
* SOMMERKAMP FT-77
* NVIS loop 40m length (under attic-symetricaly fed)
* 10m mono-band 3 elements beam (G4ZU beam/Skipper)
* "Big Wheel" (home made)
* W8JK (under attic) in project
* 3 elements delta-loop for 50Mhz, "Mini Magic S51AY" (setting in progress)
Thank you for all, Arpy (S51AY) !!!!
(10m mono-band 3 elements/wires, "G4ZU beam" or "Skipper" @ 6.2m height above the ground)
(The antenna must be installed and uninstalled at each time)
(Family QRA in CHINON, JN07de)
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