Dear fellow HAM,
Born in the magic year 1953 it must have been in the stars to become a HAM operator and up to now i still like it a lot!
As so many people i got interested in radio at around the 70's and started with CB radio that was illegal in The Netherlands at that time.
I passed the Novice exam already in 1981 (callsign PD0LUR) and was quite active on 2m VHF until 1988 in the city of Zoetermeer that is located in the west part of The Netherlands near the city of The Hague.
I then moved to a new house and the station was completely dismanteled.
Nothing much happened with the hobby for 18 years until the spring of 2006.
Meanwhile i moved house in 1993 to a little village called Haarzuilens in the province of Utrecht that is situated in the center of the country.
It is since the spring of 2006 that i became active again as a licensed HAM operator.
Due to one of my collegues that is also a HAM operator (PB0MS) the HAM microbe came to live again in 2006 and since then i'm quite active again.
I have bought some new equipment (ICOM IC706MKIIG with a SM6 mic and in 2008 i bought an ICOM IC756Pro3 with Inrad roofing filter and a SM20 mic. Also i have an MFJ 993b Intelli ATU that i use to tune my ZS6BKW home made dipole that covers 10 to 80m except 15m but that is covered by the FB-33 beam.
Two Motorola GM1280's (25Watt's) are flashed to a programmable GM380 mobile transceiver that i use for 70cm.
My very first rig a Kenwood TR7600 (10Watt's FM) is still in my posession and is sometimes used on 2 meters FM.
In 2009 i bought a Quansheng TG-UV dual band HT and i must say that it is performing exceptionally well for the money i have paid for it.
It even complies very well within the unwanted radiation norms (>=60db) declared in The Netherlands.
As you can see i have pretty much build up the station again.
My biggest ambition is to build my own antenna's and tune them for optimum performance.
That is why my motto is "The best linear is still a good antenna".
Meanwhile i have some valueable measuring equipment such as a two channel 100MHz oscilloscope, antenna analyser, frequency counter, SWR bridges, attenuators, signal generator and some other measuring equipment that i use to build and repair electronic equipment.
As of March 2011 i have participated weekly in a training lead by PB1A (Anne), PA0WST (Wim), PA2JAC (Jacques) and PA9JOO (Joop) to get the theoretical background needed for the full licence examination. These guys did wonderfull work free of charge and lead to the result of the full license.
On March 7th 2012 i succeeded the examination for the Full Licence.
As of March 21st, 2012 my new callsign PA8C is active.
I have completed the process of building a new freestanding tripod antenna tower with a hight of approx. 13 meters in the backyard where the antenna's are placed in on a heavy DAIWA antenna rotator.
Mind you, digging out 2.3 qubic meters of heavy clay with a spade for the foundation was definately a one time job!
At this moment i can operate on all modes on all HF bands, 2meter and 70cm with a variety of excellent antenna's.
Lately i am also quite active on the digimodes on the HF bands.
I have finished overhauling a 30 year old Fritzel FB-33 3 el. (10/15/20 meters) that is given to me and is mounted in the antenna mast.
After completion the Fritzel beam is performing like a new one.
Also there is a rotary dipole (PKW MHF1E/40) installed for 40 meters and a home brewed ZS6BKW wire dipole that can be tuned on all HF bands except 160 and 15meters.
I also have a home build wire dipole for 40/80m that is performing reasonable well and is hanging in the tower now.
Recently i have aquired a Hy-End Fed antenna for 10, 20 and 40 meter that's is build by PA3EKE and PA3RK and is used for /P activities.
The advantage over a dipole is that the antenna doesn't need a good earth and therefor is radialless.
I'm a supporter of the DX CODE OF CONDUCT and therefore i will stick to the following rules:
I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.
I sure hope to meet you somewhere on one of the HAM bands in the near future.
Best 73, CUL Stan (PA8C)
"The best linear is still a good antenna!"