The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price."
— Eugene B. Habecker
inThe Other Side of Leadership
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#### formerly DY1UBY, DW1UBY & 4D1N ####
First licensed as radio DY1UBY, December 1999
##PROUD TO BE A BRASS POUNDER ##
Colorful jeepneys rolling in Quiapo, Manila downtown
My Amateur Radio Adventure: How It All Started
I was 10 years old then a Barangay policeman (community watchman) used a handheld radio to communicate with other Barangay police operatives in my locality. Later I found out that they are using Icom IC-02AT or Icom IC-02N handheld transceivers. That was the common issued HT radio to "barangay tanods" (community watchman) that time. I call those slender, sturdy radios as "detergent bar" radios because of its size. I started to wonder on how human voice can reach the other end and that curiosity fired-up my interest in Radio.
Then as a Kab Scout, our Scout Master introduced the International Morse code. He taught us not to memorized the symbols; instead he taught us to memorize the sounds of each International Morse Code characters. He emphasized that learning the code will be difficult if you memorize the characters using visual aids or by symbols. He said that this will create a memory look-up table on your head which is detrimental in learning the code. As our Scout Master once said, "It is a language of sound, not of symbols."
In 1994 my Uncle brought home a "National" handheld and a "Uniden" mobile/base CB radios. He taught me how to operate and take care of it. He taught me to press the PTT while talking, to switch the radio's output power and the use of some CB radio lingos while communicating. My first contact was on 11 meter band. I was able contact fellows from Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island and from Saipan in the Pacific Ocean Area. The contact was established using our CB radio.
The ICOM IC-V68 Handheld radio
In mid-1998, I had a opportunity to buy my own radio. It was an Icom IC-V68 handheld radio. I bought it in a communications store in Binondo, Manila downtown. Every late afternoons after my take home school work, I used to borrow my late father's old aluminum step ladder, placed it in our backyard and sat atop of it with my HT radio tranceiver on. I scanned for radio traffic from 136 MHz up to 174 MHz. I found some interesting frequencies and jotted it down to my old notebook. I saved those "active" and "interesting" frequencies in my radio's memory. Later I learned that 144-146 MHz are allocated solely for hams (Amateur Radio Operators). I started listening to on-air QSO's (conversations) of hams. I got my earliest "ham radio education" by listening to hams discussing matters about ham radio, electronics, rules and regulation, ethics many others. I remember that I used to have a not so expensive earphone plugged in to my little radio tranceiver for my listening privacy.
The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila
Meeting with DU1QNT, others
The following year, I met DU1QNT on-air, Old Man Jerome of Tandang Sora, Quezon City. He is a member of Philippine Amateur Radio League (DX1L) then, one of the oldest ham radio organization in the Philippines. I scanned DU1QNT at 145.540 MHz while talking to other hams (Amateur Radio Operators) in the area. Most of their discussions were lively and interactive. They discussed about to amateur radio, computers, radio ethics, radio laws/rules/regulations and electronics. I tried to "Break-in" (joined the on-going conversation on the air) for the first time and checked if they can hear me. Later I was able to contact one of them on 144 MHz Ham Band (145.54 MHz FM) and started to ask questions about amateur radio.
OM Jerome, DU1QNT gave some pointers about amateur radio. He nvited me to visit his shack and ham shack gave the first "real-ham radio education". He taught me almost everything about Amateur Radio. He showed me his station (he has big radios like Yaesu FT747GX HF all-mode, a Yaesu FT-180 HF SSB channelized radio, Kenwood TR-9130 and an HT radio like IC-02AT). He encouraged me to study and earn my license. I went from zero to Novice (1999) and got my first Amateur Radio Station License/Radio Operator's Certificate that I'm very proud to put it in my room's wall. I quickly started my amateur radio operation at 144MHz. He also encouraged me to join the 2-meter Ham Nets, try "2-meter Phone-mode contest" and the only in the Philippines "Morse Code/CW on FM" (hahaha!). It also encouraged me to read more about ham radio in the Internet and books; even bought some back issues of known ham radio magazines like QST, CQ Magazine and Popular Communications.
It was DU1MIG-Ogie Atienza, DU1MS-Brian Santos, 4F1PBM-Albert , 4F1HEJ-Romy Bolocon and the members of the RAIN Club helped me polished my ham radio theory and operating skills. They also provided the much needed advice and support during my "novice days".
I became active on the 2-meter ham nets, listening/eavesdropping on-going ham QSO's, countless QSO with my on-air extra friends and participated in PARA VHF Round-up Contest (as Single-Operator, Phone Mode, QRP which I emerged 2nd to this category).
The License Upgrade
Year 2007 I was encouraged to upgrade my license and took pains in studying Amateur Radio Class "C". I earned my Amateur Radio Class "C" (Technician Class) on the same year and my "operating privileges" in Amateur Radio had expanded. During this time, I began to re-discover the beauty and uniqueness of Morse Code. Hunting for rare DX entities (rare Amateur Radio Stations), and communicating with friends using the "code" is another milestone for me. Using simple and inexpensive, homebrewed yet effective wire antennas, I can work the World. This time I've started to collect as many QSL Cards from my radio contacts -- local and abroad. I regularly joined DU HF nets, participated and won certificates from minor and major international HF Radio Contests.
The folllowing year (October 2008), I earned my Amateur Radio Class "B" license (General Class) and again my operating privileges had expanded. Now I can roam and use more allocated Amateur Radio bands for my license class.
Amateur Radio is my escape to the stressful world of ICT. Amateur Radio is a dream come true --- it is a hobby and responsibility for a lifetime.
The Philippine Jeepney
Radio Amateur Information Network (RAIN) - DX1RN, 144.460 MHz FM
Philippine Amateur Radio Association - DX1PAR, 144.74 MHz FM net at 8PM every 4th Saturday of the month and on 7.095 MHz LSB, AM and PM nets.
Feld Hell Club with membership number FH 1284.
Foxtango International, with yahoo group URL.
Croatian Telegraphy Club with membership number CTC# 2453
Straight Key Century Club with membership number SKCC#6095
DV1UBY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING STATIONS:
VR2OB [Victor] for helping me obtain the Chinese Military D-117 Morse contact key;to EI5DI [Paul] for providing us a reliable, constantly updated and neat contest loggers for Windows & Linux such as SD and SDIfor a while. To UA4WLI [Dmitriy]for re-writing the TR4W Contest Loggerfrom MS-DOS program of N6TR [Larry] to GUI. To KR7KZ [Jerry] for providing me the information on how to get on the air without costing me thousands of pesos [his book, Constructing HF Wire Antennas , sold hundreds of them at ebay and on some Major US hamfest/hamventions.]
Morse Code “punches through” static and fading on the shortwave bands better than voice, because each dot or dash carries FULL POWER. It is the preferred mode of working long distance or “DX” stations."
Thanks for checking out my QRZ profile and I hope to hear you down the log, 73!
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