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My names is Thomas (Tom), DL5DBY.

I was born in 1968 and licensed since 1989.

First call: DG8DBI

Since 1990: DL5DBY


Member of:

                                #3910      #1751  #1957    

District Westfalen-Süd DOK: O16


           " Everybody can talk, but CW is an Art ! "



CW is more than a mode. It is a feeling! Do not talk about. Just do it!!     CW for ever.

Since 2015 only in CW QRV !!

In the right way it sounds like music. Telegraphy is accepted as a World Human Heritage because it saved
thousands of lifes in distress and communication.



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The DX Code of Conduct is my rule. Please do same: http://dx-code.org/


QTH: Lindlar, JO31QA,  nr Cologne (Köln)






Elecraft KX3

Kenwood TS-990

ACOM1000  HF+6 Linear Amplifier

Homebrew QRO Coupler


Yaesu FT-7800

micro KEYER II




Mosley TA-33-M WARC

Doublet 2 x 40m

Antenna VHF / UHF Horizontal:

144MHz 13 element Tonna F9FT antenna

435MHz 19 element Tonna F9FT antenna

Antenna VHF / UHF Vertical:

X-30 Diamond 2m/70cm

Gain 3/5.5dB * Power 150W * Type 1/2, 2x5/8 * Length 1.3m


To my person, I am 49 years old and have been a radio amateur license since 1989. Since February 1990 I have my call sign DL5DBY and all the time until today I have remained faithful to telegraphy.

At that time I was 20 years old and had a nice  three element beam  FB-33 installed in Siegen at my parents’ house. After finishing the apprenticeship 1995, I found a great job in a networking technology company in Frankfurt am Main but unfortunately without ham radio. Then came the children. I have three children born 1998, 2002 and 2004.

In 2004, my XYL and I built a house in Lindlar that is located near cologne. Here I am able to unfold myself in matters of ham radio. In 2001 I began with the homebrew of sw TRX construction kits I built the 8 Band CW QRP TRX called Tramp8 and as the last major project I have built an all mode sw 9 Band QRP construction kit called the Solf. That kit is developed by DK1HE. The distributer is QRPproject in Berlin. This company develops QRP kits. This all mode TRX is fully analogue and has a DDS VFO. This TRX has a total of 2000 components and I took almost 2 years until the TRX worked ufb. The most difficult was the final adjustment. Yes, but I do not have the Solf TRX anymore. I sold it and then I bought the KX3 for SOTA operation because my Tramp8 unfortunately has no DDS VFO. During the QSO, the TX frequency was not stable.

Yes, separation has not been easy. In the spring of 2016 I bought the TS-990 from Kenwood and then I hid the microphone and since then I'm only in telegraphy QRV. The CW makes me so much fun that I make every free minute CW. It's like music in the ears. With the TS-990 it makes a lot of fun to work QSK because you hear no relay rattling but it works with pin diodes. I also built a coupler for my doublet myself. The coupler has two roll coils and a vacuum rotary condenser and is switched as low pass. The length of the doublet is 2 x 40m.

Today, I work for a major health care company as a senior field service engineer. I am responsible for nuclear spin tomographs and for thin-client applications server that delivers full diagnostic viewing and clinical applications into hospitals.


My Mosley beam TA-33-M WARC


Here my doublet 2 x 40m


Homebrew QRP SW Transceiver, all Mode and 9-Band with 10 Watt PA

It is an amateur radio TRX with 9-bands and bandpass filters with high-quality receiver input. Each band (160m - 10m) has its own VCO. The selection is very good. Minimum Detectable Signal (MDS) is -137 dBm

This kit was developed by Peter Solf (DK1HE)


For CW I use my new Begali Sculpture


Homebrew QRP SW CW-TRX  8-Band with 5 Watt PA

This kit was developed by Peter Solf (DK1HE)


During Hamradio 2017 in Friedrichshafen
Left to right: Andy DK9HE, Debbie, Bud AA3B, Ed DK1WI, Tom DL5DBY





Other hobbies are sports boating, sailing, skiing, tennis.

awdh es 73, Tom DL5DBY



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