IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PAPER QSL CHASERS:
And again, sorry for the delay!! Cards are coming your way.
SPECIAL CALLSIGN WHICH I USED FROM 23-07-2010 TILL 19-08-2010
to celebrate my 50th birthday on air with everybody. Born on July 25th 1960.
Again I'm running behind with qsl mail, because of lack of time for the hobby. Also I'm running out of cards, so I have to order new ones. For now I'm not sure if I should order a new batch printed or use Global QSL for the next period of time. Maybe that is easier and with a few hundred cards at home for direct mail, I should be able to get my log finished soon on cards sent direct. Direct received cards will be send back direct.
If you send a QSL card direct for a QSO with me (PA9RD or one of my special callsigns), DO NOT include any green stamps, IRC's or money. Just send an envelope with the QSL card to me and (preferred) a SAE, for the right adress, and I will send my card back to you. You pay your postage and I'll pay mine. I just want (need) your card as much as you want (need) mine.
As per 07-10-2009 I'm using digi-modes again. I was active for the first time again in The Makrothen contest the weekend of 10/11 Oct 2009. Hope to meet you somewhere on any band in DIGIMODE. 73 de Ruud PA9RD.
!!!!!! IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!! Someone was using my callsign to make QSO's in PSK and other modes. I wasn't active on any DIGI mode between february 2008 and the first week of October 2009. If you made a QSO on any band with "me" in PSK31 in between these dates, it wasn't me. I only did Phone QSO's/SSB on almost every HF band. Also my callsign and e-mail address are misused for reactions on adverts on the dutch site "2dehands dot NL". Pse send me an email, with date, time, frequency and mode if you saw "me" on any band in DIGI-mode. TNX!! 73 de Ruud (Rudy) PA9RD
Mijn call en emailadres worden misbruikt door een of ander persoon, die het leuk vind om te reageren op advertenties van te koop aangeboden spullen. Deze reacties zijn niet altijd even fraai wat woordkeuze betreft. Ik heb inmiddels aangifte gedaan van alle feiten bij AT en politie. Als iemand iets te koop aanbied en hier een reactie op krijgt van PA9RD@amsat.com, dan kun je er van uitgaan dat ik het niet ben. Wel graag even melding maken aan mij, als je een reactie krijgt die in niet al te goede en fraaie bewoordingen verstuurd is "namens" mij!
Met vriendelijke groeten,
Hi there, my name is Ruud (RUDY), and I'm a truckdriver for more than 25 years. As son of a radio/television electronics repairman I grew up as a young boy with a fascination for electronics and equipment. As my father had a hobby as shortwave listening amateur and later as licensed radioamateur (PA0ALD, Silent Key 2005) it was certain that I should walk in the same direction. However I wasn't fond of graphics and mathematics etc, so I dropped that in the third grade of high school and took up my languages. At 17 I left school with a diploma and worked for a few years in several jobs. I got my drivers licence for trucks and my freedom started. I drove around Europe from Scandinavia to Spain and from Great Britain to Poland. By this time I also had the same hobby and interests as my dad and whenever I was home I spend my time behind my radio equipment on the FM and CB frequencies, in those days forbidden and illegal and once I tried to get my radiolicense, but failed the test due to lack of time in my job, and I left it for what it was. However, in November 2003, I succeeded in my wish to follow in my fathers footsteps. I was the proud owner of a Novice License. I know now he was very proud at me. I'm still doing C.B. radio in my truck with other drivers, but now I'm also Qrv, on the air, as a licensed radio HAM amateur on VHF/UHF and HF. Especially on the dutch repeaters you can hear me as I drive along Holland and Belgium. That's far enough for me at this time and now I had some more time for my hobby, as I also wanted to get one step further.
In november 2005 however my father died of cancer. The need for my upgrade to F(ull) license was gone and also my interest in the hobby was slightly fading away, because the loss of my dad touched me more then the hobby could ever do. But after a period of time I picked up study again to get it. But time was short to the exam, so I pushed myself to go through with it and I applied for the next exam in April 2006. Honestly I don't believe in the occult things, but I was sure he was looking over my shoulder on that day and "helped" me through the exam. In fact I'm convinced he forced my pencil in the right direction for three answers. Anyway I passed this time and got my F(ull) licence. Before he died I asked my father what my callsign should become in case I should have succeeded in last November. Simple he said: "they know you as PD9RD, yes.? Or 9RD as you allways say.yes? (He hated that, as he told me more then once). And you are from Holland, you are a real Dutchman. In the whole world they know Holland as PA land, so keep it simple and change it into PA9RD!". And so I did. At that time I met a YL and later on we lived together, I moved from the big city Den-Haag (The Hague) to a small town, called Heerjansdam, south of Rotterdam. In September 2007 I married with my girlfriend, also a licensed radioamateur, PB7(X)YL. I stopped with my work as european trucker and became a regional driver. Home every evening and still not much time for the hobby. I bought a new transceiver, the FT-2000 and a beam from Fritzel, the FB-33. In October 2007 we moved to our new home town, Heinenoord, not far from our last one. Please visit my website. I hope to meet you sometime on the air. For now BYE BYE,
73 de Ruud PA9RD
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