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alias for: DL3SG

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Hello OM's and YL's,


Some words about me:

I was born in May 1980, in the time where there was no internet ;-) In my childhood it was a technical wonder to own a audio cassette "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 visited some nice shacks, but never tried to get a licence. Then i made a vocational training in "communication electronics" specialiced in radio technics at the Sony-Wega Company in Stuttgart from 1997 to 2001. 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 was allowed to use all shortwave bands then.

My first Callsign was DO1TKS (10/2009, german Class E Call), upgraded to Class A with DL3SG one year later and changed to DM5EM in August 2016 (better in CW and i was bugged from all the SSB guys not understanding 3 & G. If you ever think about a new callsign, don't take 3 or G, believe me ;-)

Since this time, my main reason to waste time is chasing DX and raise my DXCC count, collecting bandslots and QSL cards.

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 between the cities Würzburg and Schweinfurt. 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" and lies direct north of the famous "Mainschleife" near Volkach and Sommerach ("Weininsel"). One of the world's best wines, "Escherndorfer Lump" is only 2km away on the other side of the small hill in the south. You are invited to visit our beautiful region and enjoy a few days for vacation, visit Würzburg (one of Germany's most beautiful cities) and taste the good wine. If you need help with finding a good hotel or holiday flat, i could try to help you with a recommendation near my home village.

Here are some pictures of Obereisenheim:


My Shack:

No big gun station, but all i need for a QSO with you can be found here:



Elecraft K3 with KAT3, KDVR3, KIO3, KPA3, KRX3


Ameritron AL-811H (max. 750Watts)



Daiwa CN801 cross needle swr/pwr meter

Yaesu G-1000DXC Rotor for OB9-5

Yaesu G-800S (for 6m & 2m)

Headset Mic: Heil ProSet Elite

Paddle by HA8KF Imre Pap (a very friendly guy and believe me, very good quality of the product, but hard to get via email. He's in Friedrichshafen every year and a friend told me with some research and some hungarian language, you could get this Paddle also - price is around 90€ +-)



Our house from north to south, October 2015

80m: Inverted V Dipol

40 / 80m: 16m fiber glass pole (the best performance of many verticals i tested over the years)

20-10m: Optibeam 9-5 (with G-1000DXC Rotor)

6m: Tonna 5ele Yagi (with G-800S Rotor)

2m + 70cm: Diamond X-30

2m: 10ele Koni Yagi (under the 6m Yagi)

Antenna control station - Rotor controllers and antenna switch by remoteqth.com:

Mobile & Portable:

TRX: K3 or Alinco DJ580


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. On the sky there's Moon, Mars and Venus in one row).

My new car - a Skoda Kodiaq 4x4 190PS TDI SUV in a very rare VIP color ;-)

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 SSB, CW, FT8, RTTY.



Member and chairman of DARC DOK B18.

Member of the German DX Foundation (#899 since November 2013)

Member of "Amateurfunk Unterfranken e.V." @ DL0TP

Member of "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 operator 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 (August 2017) i have 310 DXCC's in my log, so every new one is a hard fight...


QSL Information:

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

Sven -DM5EM


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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