Some private words in memoriam of my beloved father Karl-Heinz (*10.10.1934+12.02.2013):
Still need ZL & JA on 80m! PSE SKED!
"We are not strangers, we are friends that have never met!"
Hi dear friends,
I got my ticket in 1981, after 2 years learning CW , radio technics and
laws at the local adult college with Harald, DJ3AS, as CW-Trainer.
Until starting this process I did not know that Ham-Radio exists ...
I was active, sometimes day and night, to work every DX coming across until 2002, when my son was born.
Suddenly I was fed up with pile-ups, bad condx, split-operations etc. and sold the whole station equipment and I only worked for the scenic railroad and did the model-railroading with enthusiasm.
This break lasted until August 2012 when the guys I knew from my beginning rerailed me with talking about PSK, low power to work the whole world. Now I know that it is a fairy tale to work the world with a wire and 20Watts or so (hi). That may be OK with a beam but not with wires.
I didn' t want to spend money in a beam and a rotator again nor to climb on the roof, so my decision went to dipoles as main antennas.
I now have fun working "normal" DX to W, VK/ZL/YB, PY, ZS etc, for example, with this simple antennas.
For example, I worked my 1st JA in over 30 years on 40m in 2012 ,my first VK/W/PY on 80m,my first ZL/LU/YB/9Y on 40m in 2014, all with that 5-Band-Dipole, not very high in my garden - and thanks to Tony, ZL2AGY, my very first ZL on 30m. By the way, Tony put a real 589 into my RX!
That success encourages me to to focus myself more on the Low Bands, also there is my aim to work
And, please, I learned only to answer a CQ-Call when I'm in the called area.
When I'm calling DX: that's outside Europe for me. Thanks for remembering this because Non-DX-replies on my CQ DX-Call will be ignored!
As I wrote above, there is no need for me any more having stress with "mooing" stupidly my callsign for hours like a cow on the ranch, especially in phone, being aware of having no chance.
My interest in operating radio is to bridge great distances, so I am enjoying every contact outside Europe.
I am also very interested in AM- and FELD-HELL-DX-QSO's! PSE SKED!
Let me write some words about QSLing nowadays after reading several sites here on QRZ:
I'm a member of the traditional operators and ,- of course -, I use the different ways of electronical QSLing in addition - but the final courtesy of a QSO IS a paper QSL.
Why? That' s simply be answered: I can show erverybody asking about the hobby what is possible holding a card in my hand and who has never heard anything about HAM-Radio.
I cannot understand, why paper QSLs are more and more sent only on request DIRECTLY, knowing that there are working bureaus in most countries.
In the days of my start with radio, directly sent cards were only usual when working DXpeditions or stations in countries with only a few OPs, where no club or bureau is established.
My paper QSL are filled out and signed the old-fashioned way: By pencil and they are free, as we are HAM's and no Commercials, who have the $-sign in the eyes, hi.
QSLs are a tradition still alive in HAM Radio, that is why
I will try to keep this tradition and send paper QSLs for EVERY DX-QSO!
This year, 2015, my son Nils has begun a training course for a HAM ticket, so my heritage is hopefully secured, HI!
He got his class E licence in DL on December 3rd, 2016!
Now here I will show You my second hobby:
I' m active member in the scenic railroad club "Hessencourrier" here in my hometown Kassel.
Operating as DL0MHC/p on October, 24th, 2015 in Naumburg near Kassel.
In my QRL I am a locomotive engineer und my third hobby is digital model railroading.
Here is a view into my Railroad-Shed:
Me, at my QRL.
I am a member of FIRAC in the German branch EFA.
My Car Renault Laguna 3 2.0 Turbo.
I am active on HF in CW and SSB up to 6m and additonally in Digi-Modes on HF to 6m and now also on 4m, if bureaucracy will permit again somewhere in the future !
Clubs: DARC DOK F73 - ARRL - EPC #19025 - FH #4636
These two babies above are DXer's Love ...!
I am still interested in some major awards.
DXCC: Mixed - Phone - CW- Digital - 10m - 12m - 15m - 17m - 20m -30m - 40m - Challenge 1000
WAZ Mixed, WAS Mixed, WPX Mixed, WPX Digital, WAC, WAC 30m, WAC 17m, WAC 12m, WAC 5-Band
Still working on DXCC 80m.
DXCC 160m & 6m? Worked some amazing DX, but think I won't get it in lifetime, HI!
Yaesu FT-7900 V/UHF Mobile
Transverter for 4m (70MHz), dumped for better times ...
Yaesu FT-2DE for C4FM/FM
Icom IC-12E for 23cm FM
Ameritron AL-811 (Reserve)
Ameritron AL-80 BXCE, Nickname: "Fat Berta"
Short Dipole 60m by DK9FN
Vertical MA-160V 160m
HB9CV 4m DL again QRT on 4m/70 MHz !!!!
Buddipole 40-6m and YP-3 Yagi for occasional /p - operation
X5000 for 2m, 70cm, 23cm (Diamond)
4 Element Twin-Band LPDA for Satellite Operation on 70cm/2m
Alaskan Arrow II for /p-Sat-Operation
JWX-Antenna, window mounted for mobile operation on 2m/70cm
Here is a photo, viewing my actual antenna setup. On the right You see the support for my dipoles, carrying also the Diamond X30 for 2m/70cm local communication (I do not operate on 2m/70cm DX now because the lack of time). My 5-Band-Kelemen-Dipole (with those characteristc "bird feed"-rings as traps)
Recently I performed my comeback into occasional satellite operation with my FT-847 and 4 Element
My Sat-Station on our balcony, consisting of FT-847, 4-ele LPDA and Netbook running SatPC32 correcting Doppler-Shift and forecasting orbits, operable only on days promising sunshine,hi!
I also made my very first QSO with Imre, HA1SE, via the Oldtimer AO-7, launched in 1976 when I was a schoolboy at the age of 12 and did not know anything about our hobby; nearly 40 years in space and still alive!
I raised my Cushcraft MA-160V 160m-Vertical during the last week of September 2015. This antenna has to prove its suitability to work DX across the pond (Update: This hairpin made it in the meantime, although the QRM level inside a city is extremely high).
The future will show, who's right ... !
My very first NA-DX on Top-Band: Frank, VO1HP, was CQing and caught 0n November 2nd, 2015 in JT65 on 23:45 UTC --> This pin made it across the pond!!!
The next DX came from Kazakhstan with UN5J, Vladimir, and UN1L, Gennadiy, in JT65:
Any further questions?
Update Dec 10th, 2016: The nightmare above came to a sudden end with Jimmy, KS4OT, appearing on
Thank You, Jimmy, for confirming despite of Uncle Murphy's work to glitch the software just in the
Then, during ARRL-160m-Contest 2015, I was able to reach VY2ZM, K3ZM & K1LZ (still waiting for QSL from K1LZ) in CW:
The absolutely best and ODX follows with a bridged distance of 5622.8 miles (9049 km):
Danke lieber OM Boris, 4K4K for Azerbaijan on Top Band in CW!
February, 25th, 2016
And further on I managed to catch one of my Maltese friends - John, 9H1XT:
TNX dr Alex for Israel & Shalom from Kassel!
View on my simple wire antennas:
Here is a view of my little shack:
This photo shows my wife Sylke, my son Nils - Co-Operator - and Me.
The next pic shows me (w/ hat) at my visit of M.A.R.L.-HQ in Attard, saying "Hello" to the friends of Malta. Thanks to all for great hospitality, especially to John, 9H1CL (on the very left side) and his wife.
My next vacation with HAM Radio was from July, 22nd to August, 5th on Mallorca Island, Balearics, as EA6/DL4ZAB.
Remember: Life is too short for QRP and waiting!
from Kassel into the whole world,
Bernd, "Ben", DL4ZAB
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