Hello and welcome:
I`m Peter van Hecke / PA1PVH, born in 1953, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Now enjoying militairy retirement. ( Regiment Infantery Oranje Gelderland / Tris / National Reserve ).
I required my first Ham Radio Lincense C in 1998 as PE1RSR for VHF only, and then in 1999 I required my Full Ham Radio Lincense A ( 12 WPM CW ), as PA1PVH.
After I became an A License holder, I was asked to train other amateurs for their CW exam, to become an A License holder, in which I have been very sucesefull, concidering that all my pupils graduated with honor, to become A License holders, like PA1MR, PB2JJ and others.
So we all had a good party afterwards at the local Ham club PI4KGL, and those Hams are still enjoying HF and the fine art of CW.
However it`s called a F License ( CW Included in my case ) nowadays, `-cause not all F License holders are cw included and therefore prohibited from HF operating abroad, keep that in mind. ( Except when under supervision of an A License holder, F including cw, and according to the laws of any visiting country, off course. ( CEPT ).
Sofar ( dated 11-02-2013 ) I have worked and confirmed 326 DXCC`s, )( including prefixes changed in history ), in mixed modes / bands, from 70 cm / 160 mtrs, now waiting for new DXCC`s to work in future dx-peditions.
However I worked most of the DXCC`s, on the high HF bands, now I`m working on the lower HF bands, due to the different antenna situation, as it is described below.
Well then back in January 2005, we ( the xyl ,the kids and I ) had to move, ( due to renovation and family expension ), from a 10 story high, 5 room apartmentblock in Leiden, ( between Amsterdam and Den Haag on the A44 Motorway ) to a small neighbouring village, called Leiderdorp, into an inbetween, very nice, 2 story familyhouse, with an extra additional loft for a nice radioshack ), with a small backyard. And that was obviously the end of a super antenna location.
The old situation on the rooftop from that apartmentblock were we lived, was approx. 30 mtrs high from groundlevel, with an antenna mast attached on each of the 2 elevatorshafts, and at a certain moment in time from 1998 till 2005, I had one antenna mast for VHF: 2 x 21 elements yagi for 70 cm, a 17 elements yagi for 2 mtr and a 6 elements yagi for 6 mtr. On the other antenna mast, I had a 3 elements HF yagi beam for 20 / 15 mtrs, a 3 elements HF yagi beam for 12 / 17 mtrs and on top a 5 elements HF mono yagi for 10 mtrs. One GPA for 6 mtrs and a GPA for 12 / 17 / 30 mtrs were also erected on each elevatorshaft. And a home brew quad for 30/40 mtrs in between the HF beams, this all was completed with a inverted dipole ( 2 x 34 mtrs, feeded with open wire ) on the rooftop, it really was a fantastic sight, including a lot of maintenance, but it all worked superbly.
As shown on the picture`s, you can inmagine I needed a lot of coaxial and rotor cable.
See the old pictures on my old homepage www.qsl.net/pa1pvh
Its been an utterly drama for me, to move away from that superb antenna location, I can tell you, I had tears in my eyes, but you all know that the family comes on the first place, otherwise I would have been in deep water, my xyl warned me.
Therefore I disconnected my radio equipment and took all my antennas down, and with all the rest of our stuff, we all left for a new future in Leiderdorp.
It took a while, before unpacking my radio equipment and setting up my radioshack, due to a lotta domestic work what had to be done first.
I donated one HF beam antenna to the local Ham radio club ( PI4KGL ) and sold the rest, like rotors , coax cable, `-cause there was no use for it anymore and we obviously could use the extra money, for the growing family and the new house to complete.
However, once infected with the radio virus, you cann`t let it go completely, therefore I installed a G5RV and hooked it up again to my (old and now sold ), Yaesu FT990, and I did feel the buzz again, made some qso`s on 40 and 80 mtr cw and ssb.. and got going again. Indeed, I was hooked again on HF radio.
Worked some dx and it went better and better... so I decided that is was about time to make some new qsl cards.. to spread world wide, hihi.
This is my new qsl card, I like it, hope you like it too.
Well my present radio-equipment for HF / 50 mhz is now the Yaesu FT2000D line with the big and rugged Homebrew Heavy Duty Liniair Amplifier with 2 ( MP ) Eimacs 6156 tubes with a separate 4.2 Kv power supply. ( 10 watts input on 40 mtrs gives an exeeding 400 watts output ). Indeed wow, but I have not drove that amp to the max yet, I don`t wanna blow the fuses in the house, hihi )
And the Kenwood TS 950 SDX line with the Kenwood TL922A Amplifier as back up, the Palstar AT2K ATU, the Palstar DL2K dummyload.
Antenne used now for HF is a FB23 and the G5RV for the lower bands.
For VHF/UHF I use a Kenwood TS790E ( with if needed a 200 watts amplifier ), and a Diamond X300 Duoband GP for base operations and a Yaesu FT-7900R/E duoband rig for mobile operations.
A 10 elem yagi for 2 mtrs is ready to put on top of the HF antenne.
About QSL: For normal stations I send qsl ONLY via the Dutch qsl Buro, or via their clublog OQRS request, qsl return via the BURO.
Dx-peditions, however, I will send if needed via SAE with some contribution for the dx-pedition, ( if I have had the pleasure to work the dx-pedition on a couple of bands and modes ), or via OQRS request, qsl return via the BURO if possible.
In my point of view, a qsl card is the final courtesy of a qso!
WARNING, WARNING, WARNING!!!!!!
Unauthorised use of my official radio call / personal name on the dxclusters, on any Amateur Band as well on all internet sites, is prohibited and will be tracked down with an IP tracking system program, that will kick in immidiately. The official authorities ( in any country worldwide ) will be notified and ask to undertake appropiate action against the IP owner and / or call abuser. We use Tracking Control of any IP adress using my call or abusing my call, so don`t give it a try, you are warned!!!!!
If you encouter any intruder on hambands, please notify the Intruder Watch ( notify the DX cluster ) or the official Radio Agency in your country.
Don`t make qrm on purpose on qrg`s which are in use, allready by other hams. Listen first before you start to call, also listen if an operator uses a split frequency to listen up for callers.
All rights reserved by PA1PVH, nothing may be copied / used without my authorisation.
Also many Dutch qsl`s received from 40 mtr qso`s, it`s about enough now, hihi, I`ll answere all received qsl cards via DQB, but please do not send anymore, however when it`s an ATNO, well okay than, but enough is enough, again thank you.
With this all been said, for now, to all, 73 and TU de PA1PVH.
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