HC6EP was my previous call-sign, it has been changed to HC6PE in 20130924
Im active on CW, PSK31, WSPR, JT9 and JT65 as well.
I like to be called by my handle "EPE".
QSL guaranteed via LoTW and eQSL.
Now:if you need/want/wish/like a paper QSL from me no problem, but please anyway try to send me an eQSL and/or LoTW as well,I gladly answer paper QSL 100% but please help me with 2 green stamps, NO SASE required ... My QSL managers (HI Mom and Dad!) are somehow slow but they eventually send the QSL once or twice per month. If you have not heard of me in 3-4 months after sending me your QSL please email me with your call and I will check if my managers has sent the QSL or I will resent it.
I Homebrew my own QSL's!
If you want to setup a schedule with me no prob, send me an e-mail Im available most of the time in 20, 15, 10mts. CW and digital modes please. No voice.
At the moment Im using an OCF antenna hanging on a twisted, aged and discarded water pipe. Shame on me! It works ok on 17, 15, 12 and 10m. Too noisy for 20m at the moment.
Some day, some day (soon) I will erect a mast to setup the TH3JRS again.
How I started in radio
One day, when I was 10 or 11 years old, while walking around my home city Camagüey/Cuba, I saw thru a windows a room full of telegraph keys, it was a semi-military organization's office named SEPMI that used to teach parachooting, how to shoot, swimming, telegraphy and maybe several other (semi)military related activities for civilians. So I asked my mother what were those thingies screwed to the tables? She told me it was an ancient way of sending telegrams, and told me that Agramonte, the chief or person in charge of the local post office was a telegraphist himself, that he used to send telegrams for the local post office. As she worked in the same company with him, she went to where Agramonte, and he was more than happy to talk with me about quite unknown things of telegraphy like dots and dashes, the correct way to hold the key and move the wrist.
Agramonte told me how was his work, he use to send around 40wpm and write directly the telegram using a typing machine.. how it evolved in the then modern teletypes, he was even smart enough to read the teletype tape directly. Do you remember that teletype stripe with 5 holes in a colum representing a letter? I think it was kind of a baudot code. Well he was able to read directly from that punched tape.
Well, he then showed me what they used for sending telegrams, a vertical key, and some sort of arctifact that made sounds when he pressed the key. TACK tack tack, TACK.. or something, it was not dit/dashes but TACKs. It has a coil and some sort of metal above and the coil circuit got activated by the keypress and the metal striked the coil. Well, he gave me an old vertical key as a gift, a key I still have... someday I will polish it because it needs it. I used that key when I started in radio as CL7PE... I screwed it to a thick piece of wood and glued a rectangle of the inner tube of a car tire to the bottom to minimize the key to "walk" around the table when using it and it still like this as of today.
I then learnt the code, I went to the SEPMI to learn and also Isidro, a friend of my parents, soldered and prepared for me a small oscillator so I could practice at home with myself.
Parallel to this, I got interested in stamps, at school we were a small group of kids that got interested in stamps, and my mother helped me to get several albums to put my stamps and then I managed to stripe out all the stamps glued in envelopes around my parents, aut, grandparents, everybody in the family.
Then as I started purchasing stamps from the local post office and they were not cheap. Well: my mom came one day with literally thousands of stamps from many many countries in the world. Two shoeboxes full of stamps still glued to pieces of envelopes. I spent several days soaking the stamps, putting them to dry in newspapers sheets, "ironing" them by putting them under heavy books, classifying them, sorting them by countries and exchanging stamps with my friends... BTW I got popular because I had soo many weird stamps to share from Spain, Japan, USA, Canada, Ecuador, Argentina, Australia, Angola, Israel, etc. Of course I got interested in knowing the countries from where the stamps were.. Canal Zone? what was that? Belize? "Mexico Exporta", etc.
And I asked my mother: from where did you get those stamps? She told me as she was the director of radio communications in the province she was in charge of something she called "amateur radio" (radioaficionados) to issue and renew their licenses and so on. She herself is not ham radio operator, in fact she doesn't like ham radio but she had and still have several amateur friends. Small city you know... sustaining good relations with the chief is always good. So she went to a meeting in the local club and saw lots and lots of envelopes and asked them what was that for, they told her it was the QSL's they received from other amateurs from around the globe.. they take the QSL out of the envelopes and throw away the envelopes. So she asked if she can take a few for me... and they said yes, of course!
Ok, hold a second.. amateur radio? now the stamp collecting bug began to fade away... so those "amateur radio operators" TALK to each other and with another countries using radio waves? And what is a QSL? BTW, if I can get into radio, I can start receiving stamps.. errrr... I mean.. QSL.. niiiiiice man!
In the mean time, as I was too young and my mother was refusing having a radioaficionado at home (indeed she did not want me to became a ham radio operator because seeeveral things)... I went all and every week to the local radioclub, begging for stamps and watching the QSL, listening them to use the radios and talking about antennas, etc. I hear CW... nice.. this is better than SEPMI, there in SEPMI they teached CW by sending 5letters block (kind of an encrypted transmission). So I ended knowing something about antennas, ssb, fm, vhf, etc, etc.
Later with the HUGE help of Rodolfo EA7AQV, then CO7QP I got a QRPp CW 40m transceiver and made my first qsos as CL7PE with Cuba, W4, etc. Then university started, I moved to Havana to study there and had little time for radio, university was very very demanding, and my new girlfriend too. In summer vacations I was able to operate as CL2PD, then CM2PD, then CO2PD. Later I left for Canada where I got VE6EPE and then came here to Ecuador in 1999.
Obtaining a license in Ecuador was not an easy task, you have to gather several documents and not easy to get papers because to get this X document, you need to get another 3 ones, but to get those 3 ones you have to obtain another 5 ones, and a complicated chain of papers and documents and requests and answers and stuff.. and everything had to be made in Quito or in Guayaquil and I was not living in Quito at that time. So time went on until finally in 2010 I discovered myself visiting hamradio pages and purchasing small rx kits and stuff to solder... so I said: lets take a deep breath and lets do the paperwork. It took me almost a month to obtain all the documents but finally got my call HC6EP.
This call was later changed to HC6PE because they someday realized the previous owner was alive and according to the former regulations he had the right to renew his license at any time with that call (the legislation changed last year and this no longer apply).
Starting again in radio was amazing, building antennas, the solder smoke, trying funny antennas.. I got immediately into CW, Im not a big shot... I can handle a QSO at 15-20wpm and Im happy with it actually. I discovered other digital modes (because I think CW is digital too) and operated psk, jt65, jt9... oh, also a small incursion into rtty and sstv. Ham radio is nicer than ever!
A bit about myself
Im a Software Engineer with a MSc in Networking. Im born in Camagüey-Cuba in 1974 and living in Ecuador since 1999. Have two kids and a wife, and Im ok with it!
Currently I work as a CSIRT responsible for a local consortium of universities and teach at a local University.
My blog is http://ErnestoPerez.com
Besides hamradio, Linux is my other big and beloved hobby.
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