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Please visit my new web site (in french):


F4HCV is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque (University of Strasbourg).


Anyone wanting to meet me on the waves, will surely find me on digi modes particularly on 20 m BPSK and SSTV frequencies.

QSL cards can be sent directly to postal address or via the REF-Union bureau:

Service QSL
BP 77429


Alsace is a small region of eastern France somewhat german-speaking (its dialect is very much close to german's alemanic) and somewhat very latin in habits and customs.

Choucroute, Flammkueche, Baeckehof are the traditional meals, Strasbourg and Mulhouse are the two regional capital cities. The area is surrounded with the Vosges mountains and the Rhine, facing the Black forrest.

I frequently work Brazil, Russia, Japan and North America (mostly east coast) with little power.

Clibbing mountains is a hobby, combined to radio-ham activities, it translates into SOTA activations.� You might have heard me around at 14.285 MHz making some calls from SOTAs.� If you are a chaser, watch out my activations on SOTA's UK-based web site.


-a Kenwood TS830S with a hand-mobile mic (OM is always at work on this rig that suffers from age-decay).

-an ICOM 718 with MFJ table microphone with 20 Amp PS (clean little radio for safe DX)

- a Yaesu FT-480R for 2 m operation (kind of collector radio that needs a boost with a linear amplifier)

-a President Lincoln for 10 m mobile operation with both base and hand-mobile mics boosted with a small semiconductor 80 W PEP (SSB) amplifier (very rugged TX/RX, perfect for those who love trafficking on 10 m)

- a FT-7 Yaesu HF transceiver, (a tank of a transceiver ! robust and very reliable but now DEAD for some unknown reason, anyway was a good pal :( )

- a home-built LSB 40 m QRP transceiver built from scratch from the MST400 PCB elaborated by Leon at http://ozqrp.com ; this nice and very good little transceiver (I once burnt the RX input transformer and replaced it without problem, good kit, well thought, well conceived, a must for any electronics geek) is backed with a Ramsey QRP 20 Watts linear amplifier

- a MST2 USB home built TXRX on 20 m with an integrated voice processor and VFO with embedded S-meter, also boosted with a Ramsey 20 W linear amp.

...and a bunch of baofeng UHF/VHF and other Yaesu's handheld transceivers mostly on FM.

Base Amplifier: semiconductor RM KL 501 300 W PEP with 50 Amp PS

Antenna tuner: automatic MFJ (the one I have is starting to do funny things and has now a lose power on switch, excellent tuner, but in my opinion could be better).

Measure: 15 MHz double trace oscilloscope, 0-2MHz function generator, 2 MHz pocket digital oscilloscope, three needle SWR/PWR meter, inductance/capacitance meter, digital multimeters, several variable voltage PSUs, frequency meter.



Due to relocation, the base station is temporarily out of function, there is a pending procedure of authorization to set up a wire Zepp antenna to continue HF operations.

The below list gives an idea of the antennas used episodically in mobile or portable operations:

a home made 13 meter long wire with home made 9:1 unun + coax choke

a G5RV dipole for 10-40 m operation

a 20 m wire dipole

an innov-antenna 5 elements loop yagi for 2 m operation

and two double hamstick dipoles for 20 and 40 m  in straight and V configurations.

a HF-Zepp antenna


To tune this hedgehog of antennas, a nice little SARK100 HF antenna tuner bought on ebay, great stuff, works super on field.


Digimodes: using a home brewn interface with a recycled Pentium IV computer...great and fast !



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