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ANY offer made by OE3FVU or PE0WGA on Ebay is fraud.If you find OE3FVU, PE0WGA as username on Ebay it doesn't reflect anything related to me !!!

My passion: 144 MHz

First licensed in December 1975 in the Netherlands as  PE0WGA. Since March 1995 living in Austria (using PE0WGA/OE - I was not eligable for using the CEPT assignement as I was living in OE !!!); since October 1995 QRV as OE3FVU. Worked 114 countries (110 confirmed, 3 underway, just missing Hawaii, see below), 44 USA States, 697 squares on 2 meters. I am holder of the nr. 121 DXCC for 144 MHz.

I achieved my first goal in November 2013 with the DXCC on 144 MHz, next goal is WAS on 144 MHz as well. 

Update on 2014 11 24: Still missing a few states: MO, NE, RI, SD, TN, WY.

I probably also need a QSO with another station in Hawaii as KH7Y who initially was very friendly and promised me to re-send his QSL if the one he sent via the post got lost, answered my email quite an unfriendly way, after I sent him 3 times a QSL card with 2 USD each:

Good Evening Franz,  My card was returnd to you as I stated before.  I do not have the funds to be buying postage and I cannot guarntee what the postal people mess up either.  This station with all the contests and EME efforts makes somewhere around 60,000 QSO per year.  The QSL business is a real pain in the ass to say the least.  Send your info to my manager in Spain, EA5GL and Pedro will take care of you.  Otherwise the next OE card I receive I will put another cand in for you and ask tht they forward to you. 

Many thanks and Aloha,  Fred  KH7Y, 3C7Y

-----Original Message-----

...Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 2:57am

Dear Fred,

You responded that the qsl was on his way and that in case it was not received by me, you would be so kind and re-send it. Well, I never received your QSL and I would appreciate it very much if you can resend the QSL card. I would need it to apply for my 2m DXCC. Please confirm by email once you have send it. Thanks in advance

Best 73

Franz (OE3FVU / PE0WGA)

To my fellow HAM’s in the USA: PLEASE Feel free to help me, by calling me - do not surpress your wish to make a sked with me, just drop me an e-mail message.

Setup on VHF


144 MHz setup are 4x 14 ele MXP28 Yagi from M-Square with H and V feedlines (30 meters ECOFLEX 15), 2x CAVeme cavity LNA's in each RX line, 2x FT847 (2x WSJT 10) and parallel feeding an IQ+ Rev. B. using LinRad and MAP65. TX (V or H) is done typically with FT847 feeding an Henry 3002, with appr 1200 Watts Out on EME and 400 Watts out on MS. 4x 17 CueDee for 70 cms is fitted (theoretically as the have been taken out for mainetnance, I hope to put them back in in Spring 2015) in the mast with an MGF1302 pre-amp and ECOflex15 back to the shack to an FT-847 or IC-475H. The first successes with 70 cm EME have already been achieved by using 35 Watts only, without pre-amp. I also hope to have a few 100 Watts available soon.

The second mast carrying a 6 element with MGF1302 preamp on 6 meters and is fed by either the FT-847 or - more typically - the IC-575H. The mast carries also a 9 element homebrew 2 meter antenna with MGF1302 pre-amp fed by the IC-275H.

The 3 element SteppIr is also suitable for 6 meter and will be modified for use on 4 meters (70 MHz) in the hope that 4m will become available in OE eventually.

In principle.I will be available for skeds at any time of any day. So feel free to contact me here or via my website www.oe3fvu.eu for any sked on 2, 4, 6 or 70 cms. (4 meters for X-Band only).

Setup on HF

Since 1974VHF has fascinated me and it still does. HF was never my thing, but as I recently obtained a 3 element SteppIr for 6 to 20 meters, this might change.The antenna was installed on 8 October 2014 between the 4 longyagi's for 2m, expecting that there would be no negative influence on the 2m performance, as the antenna is at 90° compared to the azimuth of the 2m System. Indeed i can not find any degredation of the EME array (yet). Knowing that the 2m beams are in parallel to the SteppIr Elements, I expected severe performance degredation.

Actually the performance was not bad at all, only the frequencies of resonance were off in the main direction. On 180°  could find only marginal resonance differences. I have than adapted ONLY the dipole settings for optimal SWR and was than amazed by the performance of the antenna. I have not yet been very active on the bands, but I am certain that this will change. Try to find me at JT65A segment on the band, where I will try to work as many stations with 3 or 10 Watts. If you hear me in any other mode, be sure that I won't be working at more than 100 Watts.

On 40 and 80 meter I use a quick and dirty horizontal loop antenna, about 20 x 80 meters at some 3-5 meters above my garden. I recently made the first 160 meter (JT65A) QSO's also using the antenna, although the SWR is poor. I used to have a windom FD-4 in place but the performance was less than mediocre to say the least. After 45 years of service it broke and I than put up this quick and dirty loop, which performed significantly better than the Windom.

QSL Policy H.F.

HF: I will not send any paper QSL, neither direct nor via the bureau, for any QSO on HF, unless specifically asked for. However I will answer any paper QSL card that I receive via the bureau or direct if a small donation (1 USD for EU and 2 USD for rest of the world - NO NEED for SAE, but your address itself would help).

QSL Policy V.H.F. and U.H.F.

Direct QSL will be sent to any first contact via EME ("initial"), provided that I can find the address in the net. Else, like any other QSL, I will send the card via the bureau. In practice that is once every 4 months.

Due to a horendous price increase for mail outside Europe the following apply for non-european Direct QSL: I will wait for sending the QSL cards until I am in a country with significant less postal charges. I will be in PA every 3-4 months (april, september, december) . PA postal charges are about half of the Austrian ones. If, however, you would like a QSL directly on a short notice, please send me a direct QSL with some green stamps in it.. NO NEED FOR SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPES.

I send a QSL card for every QSO (except for QSO's made a PE0WGA before 1995 as I have no log available anymore), if you have not received a QSL yet, let me know; I will resend one - as long as I can find it as a valid QSO in my log that is. However I print out the QSL cards about once every 3 to 4 months so please have some patience. Again, if you need it quicker, let me know.

LoTW and e-QSL

I am a certified user of e-QSL and registered user at LoTW.

As I am using HRDLOG for HF logging, I automatically upload the QSO data to e-QSL and HRDLOG.net after every succesfull QSO: Every few days I also upload the lot to LoTW.

I use VQlog for VHF. This excellent Logging programm, especially designed for the serious VHF DX'er has no possibility to automatically upload the contacts to e-QSL and LoTW. This means that from time to time (once every month in practice) I manually upload these contacts to both e_QSL and LoTW and also HRDLOG.net.

Last QSL run was on 26 November 2014  please allow for some time to receive your card

updated OE3FVU 2014 November 26

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