I started as a licensed HAM in 1979 when I passed the Dutch C exam. My first call sign was PE1DPC. End 1980 I passed the morse practice exam and my call sign changed into PA3BJO.
That time I lived with my parents in the little town Bergeyk in the south of the Netherlands. With some large antennas on the roof of our house I had several years of fun on HF and 2 meters.
Because of my move to Amsterdam for study and the small student room that comes with it :-), the hobby stopped and had my license revoked in 1987.
QRV again after 25 years
End 2011, because of work and after being offline for almost 25 years I decided to get my HAM license back. So, as of 11 October 2011 I am QRV again.
My family was a bit surprised at first (what are these wires for?) but my kids now think this HAM thing is, although somewhat odd, also cool.
Since most likely no one remembered my old call I requested a new one. The Q in PA3Q resembles the mobile shack from which I am often QRV on VHF/UHF.
I upgraded our joint study into a combined study/HAM radio shack. My wife has to get used to the new equipment, but is happy that I installed a better computer display which she can hook her laptop onto.
I enjoy HF (initially CW but now also WPRS and PSK) using a Flex-1500 SDR and a G5RV which hangs to the side of my house as an inverted V. And I must admit, I have added an FT-897 with 100W because that is sometimes the only way to get through a pile up. :-)
Recently started to work satellites as well, mostly in CW. Just finished the antenna setup for that. See my Facebook page for details.
Although the shack is nice, I prefer to be QRV in my Quest Velomobiel; a very comfortable bicycle which not only keeps you dry and warm but which also gets me to the office fast in a very sustainable way. A cruising speed of 50 Km/h is very well possible. Although I must admit that when doing my 20Km trip to the office (yes that's one way) I am doing an easy 40 Km/h because that makes me sweat less.
In the PA3Q mobile shack I use an Icom E92D, preferably on D-Star but I will start trying to make some Echolink contacts as well, using a personal node set up at home.
Second QTH on Landgoed Aerwinkel
I also enjoy being QRV from our little country house on Landgoed Aerwinkel, a very quiet area in the south of the Netherlands. It is in a so called "stiltegebied" (silent area). The only thing you can hear are the very many (and sometimes even rare) birds.
Well, quiet it is but not only between 0 Hz to 20 KHz :-). Also on HF it is extremely quiet, hardly any noise at all. Back home my background noise on HF averages S7 to S9 but here it is S2 to S3.
Below a picture of our little house with in front the AV18-VS vertical antenna. A great setup with my Flex 1500.
SOTA and WFF
In summer vacation with my wife and three kids we usually travel around Europe and stay on small campings. In July 2012 I have also taken some small HF equipment (my Elecraft K1 and Flex 1500) and as a result I did my first SOTA activation in the summer of 2012.
After that I added several more summits and also some WFF activations. You can check the video's on Youtube.