Thank you for looking me up on QRZ.com.
I guess it’s best when I just start off by telling you about the way I exchange QSL cards, since that is in most cases the reason why someone would bother to look me up here on this page.
• QSL information:
This is a sample of the QSLs that I presently use to confirm my QSOs with.
There are three differents ways to exchange QSL cards with me;
Via the Dutch QSL bureau (DQB):
I prefer this way over all others, since this is the second most economical way for HAMs to exchange QSL cards and the most economical way to obtain a paper QSL; it’s therefor a great way to express “real HAM spirit”. If you wish to speed up the QSL-process via the Bureau a bit, you can send me an email to request a QSL card.
This way of “exchanging” QSL is really the most economical way of exchanging QSL. I like it because I can fill in so-called bandslots with QSOs which I haven’t confirmed by paper QSL (yet), however I do really prefer a “paper confirmation”.
Via my personal address, “CBA”:
This is my least populair way of exchanging QSL cards. Since our mail system doesn’t work for free, I need to request everyone that wishes to exchange QSL cards this way to send me a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope). Since most foreign HAMs don’t own Dutch stamps, an IRC (International Reply Coupon) is also fine. Currently post rates for sending 0-20 gram letters via Priority mail are €0.90 to European countries, and €0.95 to countries outside of Europe.
And these are samples of the QSLs I, till recently, USED to confirm my QSOs with. Interested? Sorry, you're too late; I've run out ;-)
• My QSL policy for so-called “dubes”:
A dube is a multiple QSO on the same band AND mode. So working someone on 24 MHz in CW more than once is a dube, while working someone on 24 MHz in CW and on 24 MHz in SSB is not a dube.
Dubes with PA1MR:
I don’t send QSL cards for dupes when these QSOs have been made with my personal call PA1MR. Just for the first QSO on a certain band AND mode you will get a QSL card 100%. Only on rare occasions I’ll deviate from this policy; like in contests or whenever someone lets me know via email that it’s really important to receive a QSL card for whatever reason. Dubes are also not logged in my computer logbook, and therefor not uploaded to LoTW. I do write dubes in my paper logbook (most of the time anyway), so I do have all specific QSO details if needed.
Dubes with PA1MR/p, expedition calls and/or SES:
For QSOs made with OTHER calls than PA1MR I don’t mind logging dubes in my computer logbook, and ALL requested QSOs will be confirmed with a QSL card. So you’re most welcome to send QSLs for all the QSOs you’ve made, dubes or not :-)
• PA1MR/p - IOTA EU-146 Goeree-Overflakkee island:
This is a sample of the QSLs that I use to confirm all PA1MR/p QSOs with.
If you’ve made a QSO to PA1MR/p, regardless the year, you’ve worked me from the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, EU-146.
I’ve been active from this island several times, from 2005 to 2011. All activities were done with vertical- and wire antennas, with no more than 100 Watts fed by a portable generator in the open field (with no shelter). Most QSOs were made in CW.
You can check here to find out if you're in the log (or go to http://dx.qsl.net/logs/).
• Personal (HAM) history:
In April 1999 I’ve managed to pass for my Radio Technology and Requirements exam (Radiotechniek en Voorschriften I), and in December 1999 I’ve passed the morse code exam (Morsetelegrafie 12 WPM) flawlessly.
On January 20th, 2000 I finally received my paper license (the A-license, which is due to a change in legislation several years ago converted into a F-license) in the mail. Those were obviously different times back then, since everything nowadays is being done electronically via the website (although the red tape will never totally disappear I suppose).
With my newly erected antenna, a five elements monoband yagi for 28 MHz, and my Yeasu FT-990, “barefoot” (100 Watts) only, I began chasing (& working) DX. First mostly in SSB, but not too long after I started making DX contacts in CW as well. Not by using a laptop & special software (which unfortunately the newest generation of HAMs is doing mostly, due to lack of knowledge of the morse code), but by use of my Bencher key and both ears :-)
At first QSOs were made with a simple “599 TU”, but not too long after I started making actual QSOs. The first “real” CW QSO that I’ve made (and which was at the same time a new DXCC as well), and really got my adrenaline going, was with XQ0YAF on February 3th, 2000 on 28 MHz. Imagine how nervous I felt, making a real CW QSO for the first time with hundreds of other HAMs listening in, all anxiously waiting their turn to make a QSO to Easter island. I could barely keep my hand on the key stable. After exchanging 599 both ways, which by the way truly was a real s9, XQ0YAF continued asking questions. The whole QSO must have taken at least five minutes, I’m very sure many waiting HAMs were not too happy with me and my inexperienced CW-skills to say the least ;-)
Even though I've never exchanged direct QSL cards with Henry, I did manage to receive QSL cards via the Bureau from other HAMs that were active from this beautiful island with its remarkable large stone statues (moai)
After that QSO, I’d really aquired the taste for CW QSOs, and have continued enthousiastically making CW QSOs till this day on.
Working 300 DXCCs is generally considered being a “mile-stone”, and this magical moment was established on November 3th, 2001 with ZM8CW on 28 MHz CW.
Luckely THIS excellent operator knew about the great differences in conditions between South-East- and Western European countries; he therefor called specifically for ON/G (and PA), thus a QSO on 28 MHz CW was finally in our reach!
And about six months later, on April 15th, 2002, a second mile-stone was reached; this time with VK9ML being my 300th DXCC on 28 MHz.
I was the first PA-station they'd worked on 28 MHz, according to their statistics. Pretty amazing considering the QSO was made in SSB, with a zillion howlers simultaneously calling non-stop ;-)
Back then conditions were quite well, however I still believe that these achievements can be easily done with just 100 Watts nowadays.
Amplifiers don’t make a foolish person more skilled, it just makes his foolish behaviour more noticable.
This howler (Dutch: brulaap) believes he's on top of the world
Little does he know. In SSB pile-ups he's simply never the only ignorant kW-monkey screeming his lungs out ;-)
The autumn of 2011 showed a promising start of cycle 24.
The season started off with a third mile stone being (finally) reached, which is working 300 DXCCs on just one band in CW. Since the second mile stone was reached more than 9 years ago, this surely was a great way to start the season! In this case TX7M (Marquesas) became my 300th DXCC on 28 MHz/CW. Being a true CW-enthousiast this really is a mile stone that counts for me :-)
This team really knew how to handle a pile-up! Working them with 100 Watts took me literally just a few calls :-)
All QSOs with the TX-teams were made on 28 MHz, I needed the other two QSL cards to complete the set ;-)
Even though conditions in the autumn of 2011 weren't the way conditions used to be like in the year 2000, several interesting long path QSOs were made on 28 MHz. For example DXCCs like JA, KH2, KH6, VK4, VR2, ZL etc.
This QSL card from KG6DX (KH2 - Guam island) confirmed a QSO I made in the CQWW CW Contest. His signal was a genuine 9+20 over the long path on 28 MHz/CW.
And even though the conditions weren't anything like the conditions in the autumn, the summer of 2011 still brought us much joy;
The republic of South Sudan is the world's newest country, it became the 193rd member/nation of the U.N. on July 14th 2011. And for me DXCC #331 ;-)
After such an interesting year, 2012 began as quite a disappointment!
On February 17th 2012 Malyj Vysotskij island (R1MV) was deleted from the DXCC List, and added to the Deleted Entities List. So I'm back again at DXCC #330 :-(
But fortunately 2012 ended in style;
Campbell became DXCC #331, so I'm back where I've started. Since the new total number of DXCCs is now at 340, I’m eligable for the DXCC Honor Roll. It took me almost 13 years to accomplish that. Next step: "worked all DXCCs" ;-)
• Other things I like about HAM radio:
What I really like, is receiving high quality full-colour QSL cards. Professionally designed QSL cards with beautiful photos of, for instance:
White (coral) sandy beaches with crystal clear blue- or turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs,
Or quite the opposite, like isolated cold and windy islands near the Antarctic Circle,
Sahara desert images,
Or the ones of Namibia,
Beautiful old city centres (this one has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List),
And new friends ;-)
Part of the fun of HAM radio is, of course, making contact to foreign, exotic locations. So receiving a QSL with a photo of such a location makes the QSO more interesting, more “touchable”.
The thing I deeply respect about HAMs that go on a DX expedition, is the great risk they sometimes take to give us "a new one"!
I seriously doubt if I would have gone off that boat. Would you have?
Or sit here all day long, with the risk of being visited by potential robbers (read their story!)
• For those visiting The Netherlands, with desires to be active on HF and 160m:
In case you’re interested in transmitting on HF and 160m in The Netherlands while you’re on holiday here, and you are a holder of a license from one of the participating CEPT- or non-CEPT countries (check CEPT recommendation T/R 61-01 and T/R 61-02), then here are (some) of the things you need to know about Dutch regulations:
There are two different license holders:
F-license holders (PA-PB-PC-PE-PF-PG-PH-prefixes) are allowed to use 400 Watts PEP on 160m and all HF-bands
Novice-license holders (PD-prefix) are allowed to use 25 Watts PEP, and are restricted to the use of ONLY three HF-bands; 10, 20 and 40 metres. However, full use of the 20 and 40 metres band is NOT allowed. Only transmissions made between 7.050-7.100 MHz on 40m and 14.000-14.250 MHz on 20m are legal. Transmitting on other segments of the 20 and 40 metres band is absolutely 100% illegal and all QSOs made there will therefor be invalid!
So transmitting on the (unofficial) international IOTA SSB frequency 14.260 MHz is strictly forbidden for Novice-license holders. Please keep this in mind when you’re planning to be active from our Dutch IOTA groups EU-038 or EU-146!
Further info about Dutch licenses and regulations can be found on http://www.agentschaptelecom.nl/
Thank you for bearing with me through all of this text ;-)
HPE CUAGN on the HF-bands,
VY 73 de PA1MR Douwe
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