Hi, my name is Jacob.
I live in Driel, the Netherlands, together with my spouse Pascale and daughter Dide.
My first attempt to get a Ham license dates back 30 years when I was active in the Young Scientists Association, and had a couple of HAM friends there. During my time in the Royal Dutch Army, I had study privileges, and took a course in radio technology. When I left the army, the study privileges were of course withdrawn and I stopped following the course.
Since then I am trained as a mechanical and industrial automation engineer. I have worked for years with off-line programmed robotic manufacturing systems. Since 2005, I run a small company that produces radio-frequency identification (RFID) equipment. This sparked my interest in the radio-hobby again, and when one of my Young Scientist friend got his license, I decided to give it another try.
I passed my F-license exam in September 2012, and started HAMming happily.
My first rig was a dual-band Waccom HT, good enough to reach the local repeaters on 2m and 70 cm. I have bought a used Yaesu FT-857D, which I think is great. I have swapped the 857 for an FT-897D with a HAM who wanted to go portable, while I liked the extra buttons and knobs...
My G5RVjr with 80m traps is in use for some years now, and I have been able to reach Argentina and Uruguay to the southwest and deep into Asiatic Russia to the east. Receiving 599 from Japan and Thailand is no problem, but transmitting back with a low gain antenna and just 100W is without result so far. I keep experimenting with the antenna, and who knows. There are also plans to build some more HF antennae.
I have recently picked up Digital modes, and I like it because it is easier to cover large distances. I do have a CAT-interface between my rig and a PC, and I made an audio interface with a piece of cable, some connectors and a $2,--. USB soundcard from DealeXtreme.com. It works fine!I have reports from Sydney,even with my incomplete antenna!
I hope to meet you on the waves,I will make time for a longer QSO if you wish, and I adore paperQSL cards.
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