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FOC 2116

DARC DOK P51, HSC 1348, VHSC 209, SHSC 92, EHSC 48


Station QTH: Hauptstr.54

89160 Dornstadt-Scharenstetten


Licensed at the age of 14 in 1983 as DL1SBR an Elmer lent me a Heathkit HW101 tube transceiver with broken SSB. So I had to do CW, which I immediately became hooked to. From 1983 to about 1992 I was heavily engaged in nightly 80m QSOs with other european OPs trying to push the QRQ limit up. I took part in yearly high speed CW competitions in DL and loved the clear text receiving where you had to listen to a sentence sent in CW then memorize it and write it down afterwards, most often some joke. The speed would go up by 2 WPM with every attempt - and you knew - after listening - who was smiling got the joke and thus was able to copy the speed. We went up to 72 WPM which was the record at that time.

I've always tried to support high speed CW, even though nowadays I am not actively trying to do QRQ anymore - I've been a regular referee at the IARU and IARU region 1 championships in High Speed Telegraphy (https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/hst/hst-championships). 

In the 90s and years after, University and job and later starting a family became top priority and I had less time for the radio during the week - intense weekends spent on the radio in contests became another hobby. Living in the middle of the city I had to drive out of the city to operate anyway.

Since end of 2015 the situation has changed again, I am now only working part time and spend much more time on the radio in my new QTH on the country side which I found after years of search for a quiet and affordable hilltop QTH with lots of space. It's an old farm house which was renovated between 2010 and 2015. Next to a HF station (4 element DB36 SteppIR and dipoles for 160 and 80) I have some antennas for VHF and UHF at the QTH. 

When the decision to hold WRTC (http://www.wrtc2018.de) in Germany was made in 2014 I decided to try to once again qualify for WRTC. I've qualified and operated in the 2000, 2002 and 2006 WRTCs. A lot of time was spent in contests in 2015 and 2016, including a lot of travelling - including 4 contests from Madeira Island. I was using different callsigns during that period, so you might have me in your log as CR3W, CQ3L, CR3L, DQ2C or DL0PE.

For most of the contests I've used our contest station in Ulm which I co-own where we have a more extensive setup for HF, including a former AM broadcast tower with a professional grade radial system which we use for 160m. 

At the end of 2016 it became clear I indeed qualified for WRTC 2018, so I am proud to be one of the selected operators allowed to be a team leader in 2018.

After spending a lot of time in contests which consumed a lot of weekend time from my family I now spend less time in contests and enjoy being back to my old roots and prefer ragchew CW.

I hope to see you soon on the bands!







Some pictures

2016: The profile photo in the top right is me operating from CR3W on Madeira Island


2017: my cat likes SDR waterfall spectrum displays


2017: SteppIR DB36 (3el 40m, 4el 20m to 6m) + 80/160 dipole on mobile tower - VHF/UHF on another mobile tower. These towers are electric crank up towers and go up to 25m.


2017: me on the trailer



2004: Johns cat helps operating a contest


WRTC 2018 is ahead for me, let's see if I can ever get near this again (this was 2002 in Helsinki):



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