Hello OM's and YL's,
First some words about me:
I was born 1980, in the time where there was no internet ;-) In my childhood it was a technical wonder to own a "Walkman"... My first contact with HF was with some cheap CB handhelds... in 1993 i bought a "dnt Formel 1" 40 Channel CB FM radio, together with my best friend Jürgen, DL5BB. I was interested in shortwave amateur radio, but feared the cw test for the licence, so i saw some nice shacks, but never tried to get a callsign. I made a vocational training in "communication electronics" specialiced in radio technics. But it should take last until 2009 when i made the german "Class E licence" and one year later, i upgraded to the Licence Class A and got full access to the shortwave.
My first Callsign was DO1TKS, upgraded with DL3SG and changed to DM5EM in August 2016.
Since this time, my main reason to waste time is chasing DX and raise my DXCC count...
I am married to my beloved YL Katja since 2006 and blessed with two lovely children - Tobias (*2008) and Sarah Liv (*2012).
Since 2007, when we moved from Stuttgart to Franconia, the northern part of Bavaria, we live near Würzburg. Since 2009 my home is the small village of Eisenheim, in a beautiful landscape at the lower end of a wine hill. Eisenheim is the "Home of the Silvaner wine". When visiting me - i have some bottles in our basement ;-)
Here are some pictures of our home village:
No big gun station, but all i need can be found here:
SunSDR2 Pro from Expert Electronics (meanwhile i have 7 snowman-babies to stop the cold wind ;-)
Ameritron AL-811H (max. 750Watts)
Driver PA for the SDR's: RM HLA 300(V)+
Tokyo Hy-Power HL-60V for 144MHz
MicroHam USB 3 Interface for Digimodes
Yaesu G-1000DXC Rotor for OB9-5
Yaesu G-800S (for 6m & 2m)
Headset Mic: Heil ProSet Elite
Our house from north to south, October 2015
80m: Inverted V Dipol
60m: Groundplane GFK vertical antenna
40m: Rotary Dipol MHF1e/40
30/40/80m - HF2V homebrew scrap material antenna
20-10m: Optibeam 9-5 (with G-1000DXC Rotor)
6m: Tonna 5ele Yagi (with G-800S Rotor)
2m + 70cm: Diamond X-30
Mobile & Portable:
TRX: Icom 7000, KX-3
Diamond NR-770R or CR-77 for VHF/UHF
Diamond HFX-20 & HFX-40
for 2m SSB portable: 8 elements Jaybeam Yagi (an older one, but still works fine)
HF: ca. 8.5m Multiband 20-10m Vertical (Design DL5BB) with matchbox
May 2015 at Lighthouse Heidkate (JO54EJ) at the baltic sea's coast - portable on 20 & 40m at my 35th birthday (picture taken after 23h, still some brightness on the sky, more than 1h more than at home).
My last company car with special plate. After 3 years i will get the same plate again with my new car (pictures follow)
For holidays we have a Dethleffs 560 SK Rally Edition (2009) Caravan - i really love it and enjoying every day with it making vacations on the baltic or mediteranian sea - we visited some countries during the last 12 years - SM, OZ, SP, OE, HB9, F, I, 9A - but sadly nothing far away because traveling is expensive ;-)
Sometimes there's some free time at vacation for some QSOs but most of the time we have family time. So i'm glad about every single QSO i could make with my small portable eqipment. During camping holidays i will be QRV most of the time in RTTY, PSK31 and maybe some CW, but very little SSB because of the noise)
Member of DARC DOK B18.
I am member of the German DX Foundation (#899 since November 2013)
Member of "Amateurfunk Unterfranken e.V." @ DL0TP
Since January 2016 also Member of the FACW e.V. in Weinheim (UKW-Tagung) with Clubstation DL0WH
My main interest is shortwave DX'ing, chasing bandpoints and the last missing "new one's"
A big dream would be part of a DXpedition to a rare place (where my YL let me go ;-) but i think i would never have enough money for it. So if you're reading this and searching for a "rookie" on your DXpedition - feel free to ask me - i would be happy anyway to make something possible...!
There are still some DXCC's missing (expecially in the Southern Pacific Region (not easy to reach from my QTH). At the moment (April 2017) i have 310 DXCC's in my log, so every new one is a hard fight...
I prefer paper QSL's and send mostly via bureau and confirming every card with the same way. Direct is also possible, there is no need for IRC or $'s (It's a hobby and it's a pleasure for me...). I also upload my log to LOTW.
I'm sorry that i don't upload to eQSL anymore. Because of little differences (like a small time shift) confirming a qso manually takes too much time for me - the same here with the qrz-logbook. I will continue with this when they optimize their way of confirming qso's, but when it takes a minute to confirm one, and you have hundreds to do manually, that makes no fun.
SWL Cards are also welcome and appreciated!
You could reach me on the bands, via email or via facebook.
Für deutsche OM's: BITTE KEINE TELEFONANRUFE da meine Familie & meine Firma nichts mit dem Hobby zu tun haben (wollen *g). Bitte schickt mir bei Bedarf eine Mail :-)
I hope to hear you on the frequencies - if you hear me, give me a call!
73 es good DX de
I support the DX Code of Conduct:
There's no way around good pileup practice and discipline. Any distortions on a rare DX costs a few contacts, remember - when you would work them and you are talking over others signals, somedays the same could happen to you and you also miss a rare one... so please please please take a look at the DX Code of Conduct and think about!
...and at least i have to say many many thanks to:
My lovely YL Katja for accepting my hobby (sometimes, but she normally hates it....;-)
and my both children Tobias and Sarah for giving me so much i couldn't put in words! Maybe one day they also get into this beautiful hobby ;-) ???
(my daughter Sarah helped me adjusting the endfeed vertical by pressing the ptt when i tuned, 09/13 in IK3)
Tobi's first steps with my morse key and he's reading the signs on the kx3 display in training mode.
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