Hello and welcome:
Thank you for visiting / reading my limited biography, but let me introduce my self.
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 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 is the Kenwood TS 950 SDX, the Kenwood SP 950 ext speaker, the Kenwood MC 60 A desk mike, the Kenwood TL922A Amplifier, the Palstar AT2K ATU, the Palstar DL2K dummyload and as back up still my old Yaesu FT 990 line, `-cause a man ( and a radio ham even more ) has to be prepared for every event.
And one home built, rugged Liniair Amplifier 80/10 mtrs, 2 KW Pep, using a newly bought MP Amperex 6156 tubes. ( Via GB Antennes and Towers, PA8GB ). And aseperate pwr supply 4.2 KV max 1 amp, both built by PA0ZH.
For VHF a Kenwood TS 711E 2 mtrs all mode and Yaesu FT -7200 for 70 cm . Only able to hang up a G5RV as an Inverted Véé antenna, and a 3 band 1/4 wave GP ( 10/15/20 mtrs ) to cover HF bands, and a dualband GPA for 2 mtr / 70cm.
However I`m looking forward to get a permit to erect a mast with a multiband beam antenna. In the mean time I could work on the G5RV wire antenna, some dx-peditions on the lower bands, however the higher bands are still difficult without a proper antenna, while I`m now busy adjusting a GPA for 10/15/20 mtrs, I made some coiled groundradials with custommade ( welded ) aluminium clamps to attach to the GPA antenna. And it is working rather well I must say, in combination with the Inverted Vee wire antenne.
Note: I appreciate all dx-peditions which have been taken place over the years, as well in the near future, sometimes under severe circumstances, I am very gratefull,`-cause I couldn`t have worked certain DXCC`s, without that efford been made by so many fb hams, it`s so easy to complain ( and start begging for more, while other fellow hams, still try-ing to get one qso cfmd ), about dx-peditions, sitting in a big armchair at home, so please make no qrm on dx qrg`s, don`t complain, don`t beg, no policing, just behave like a gentleman ( woman )and keep in mind that the dx-pedition team members are trying and doing their outmost best for us, ( you and me ), and don`t 4get my dear friends, dx-peditions team members have to eat, drink, sleep and relax too, ( as well other human things to attend to, ;-) ) as well fixing antenna`s, to fix broken radio`s and amps, generators to be attend to and so on. I have been on militairy expeditions, into the jungle of South America as a TRIS militairy man , we obviously used militairy radio eqipment, to keep in contact with Militairy HQ in Paramaribo, ( but no qrm on our qrg than, hihi ) therefore I know, that sometimes dx-peditions have to take place under very difficult circumstances, so that in my personal view, we must appreciate every worked dx-pedition on any given opportunity / band or mode, with that been said, my sincerest and deepest respect for the dx-pedition teams, anywhere / anytime; cause I know they are trying and doing more than we could ask for, so my sincerest regards, and thanks again.
Thank you for reading this, like you, I support the conduct of behaviour, but sometimes, some people are getting on my tits, and I have to react and say someting about it, see some ann/full , than I`m using strong words, yes I know, but I do not apollogize for that, and I do not make qrm on purpose, however everybody can make a mistake, even I do, not much though, hihi ;-), but however, making qrm on purpose on any dx qrg`s is NOT acceptable gentlemen, than
Lately I have been active with digimodes like MULTIPSK 4.19, see demo http://f1ult.free.fr/DIGIMODES/MULTIPSK/PSK125_en.html, with high speed PSK-125 en PSK-250, not many reactions sofar, but it will come, because why use slow BPSK-31 if we can use faster BPSK-63, BPSK-125 or even superfast BPSK 250?
Obviously worked by me, DX-peditions ( or rare countries without any QSL Buro, nor a qsl mngr via the QSL Buro ) than I will be happy to send sase including green stamps, because the pleasure I got out of it, to work a certain dx-pedition or rare country, makes it all good, aspecialy when a fb dx-expedition or rare country qsl is returned to me, which have been the case, many many times in the past and will be in the future, I hope .
With this all been said, for now, to all, 73 and TU de PA1PVH.
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