I am licensed as of 1987.
Main interests are (contesting on) VHF and higher bands, although since a few years 160m is also a challenge.
Trying to reach the limits with (home brewed) equipment is my drive.
Especially when DX and/or weak signals are involved.
I like to design and build equipment for the challenges I encounter, and -of course- to achieve results ; -)
In 1994 I obtained DXCC #187 on 50 MHz with my own super simple design transverter and amplifier at a time that barely 100+ countries were active on 50MHz worldwide.
When I have holidays or when I'm abroad, I like to make some (DX) contacts on HF.
In the 90's I was active once as C31LFT (Andorra), PJ9/PA3FYM (Bonaire), and in 2005 and 2007 as 5R8NL (Madagascar).
QSLing is not my best competence, so for 5R8NL Dennis, PA7FM is my QSL-manager.
As of May 2012 I am active on 70 MHz with a moderate station (~10W output and 1/2-wave vertical) to join the 70 MHz Es crowd in and outside Europe.
When you worked me on 40m during the summer of 2012, I operated the station of PA5TYS, which I enriched with a NEC2 'on the fly' modelled, optimized and built delta loop. Details may follow.
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