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Note 1: sorry I do not own microphones and dislike contacts between computers.

Note 2: I'd prefer a radiogram (via National Traffic System - Relay Radio International C/O DL4FN) rather than an E-mail, thank you.

QSL Information                                                                                                             


All QSOs, /P /A /M(M) included, are uploaded to LoTW on a recurring basis.

I am not an eQSL user, sorry.

If you want my QSL paper card, please use the Online QSL Request Service (requesting buro QSL is free and costs you $2 for direct, worldwide):

Sending me a QSL via the bureau will take one year or more to arrive, then it will take the same time for my QSL to go back. In the meantime, you might think the QSL is lost so you will sent a second, even a third one. These duplicate QSL will need to be sorted and shipped by your/my national QSL bureau. It will cost additional money and the additional CO2/fossil energy footprint.

So if you really want to sent your paper QSL, do it. I am not strongly looking for paper QSL but appreciate receiving some nice ones. Please just note I won't answer to your QSL card(1) so you'll need to submit an online request to get mine.

Again, if you want my paper QSL, please use the OQRS form above (for bureau or direct)(1) with or without sending any paper QSL. It will be faster, cheaper and better for our Earth... and easier for me! Thank you.

Special note for the SWL: I will answer to all QSL requests only if you report accurate callsigns and reports exchanged + my report from your station.

Do not request my QSL for a phone QSO: I do not own any microphone so you might have misunderstood the callsign.

(1) From January 1st, 2016, I stop answering to QSL requests sent by the bureau (by writing 'PSE QSL' on your card) because it is too slow and costs too much money to QSL bureaus. The only options you have are: 1/ use the OQRS above, 2/ drop a message to my email address or 3/ request a QSL card during our QSO. (by exception, requests on SWL QSL cards will be answered)

Update: suite au changement de politique du bureau QSL du REF, les QSL des stations françaises seulement en direct (per new French QSL bureau policy, French station QSL only direct).

What's up at F5IYJ station?                                                                                           

January 2018

Finally got another wallpaper from the QSL bureau. I don't know why it took so much time to reach me but I am happy to have received it.

So the reason to switch to electronic QSL's like ARRL-LoTW or DARC-DCL



December 2017

December is time to fire my old 'boatanchor' radios up, to be prepared for straight key nites and old rigs QSO parties.

What could be better than old tubes glowing in the dark while brass pounding your key?

Have updated my QSL card accordingly. 

September 2017

Worked on band filters for the TM7A contest station. Station needed to be prepared for the contest season, equipment to be revised and few parts to be upgrated. Have also to install the new Yagi-Uda 8 elements and validate the performance increase, mostly on 20 and 15m. Unfortunately, I don't think 10m will be really usable in the new years, due to the solar cycle.

Speaking about contests, did you support the WRTC2018 efforts?

August 2017

Operated mobile on Belgium canals using an Elecraft KX3 and a SuperAntenna MP-1.(all 'super' things are limited to the product name/brand). Not a real success so ended with a simple wire hanged on a fishing fiber pole. 

It was also the right time for some antenna work: I installed a new 160m/80m antenna, remote, 800m from the station to reduce the band noise of my neighborhood. Interconnection is on 13cm. Works lovely until now but I am waiting for winter to better test it.

July 2017


Usually June is Ham Radio Friedrichshafen hamfest but this year the exhibition was postponed to mid-July. It was great meeting CW operators I contacted over the year. I met also Piero I2RTF who introduced me to his amazing 'Intrepid' semi-automatic bug.

Dennis from Kanga Products UK shipped in urgency a MTR-4B which arrived right before my holidays, making me QRV on 80m as well.

July was truly a great month.

March 2017

Received my new MTR-3B QRP transceiver, thanks to Dennis from Kanga Products in the UK. Dennis provided again an amazing service. This is a great tiny radio which fit my pocket.

Band conditions didn't improve but I was able to make some QRP contacts from Dijon (France) and the Olso Fjord beach (Norway).

Freezing your butt in the snow to make a contact with people you could just reach from your cell phone while seating in the pub in front of a good beer or a nice glass of wine is what my wife is calling the 'ham touch'.

February 2017


locations, due to bad band conditions and stressed professional calendar.

Another antenna workshop organized at the French radio-club F6KQL where some fellow hams buit their EFHW multi-bands antennas.

December 2016

Traveled to Germany and the Netherlands. Made some QSO from these locations using the MP-1 SuperAntenna. Not the best antenna but it was sufficient to contact some fellow op. from different European countries. Finally Santa gave me the Xmas key so it was a great idea to publish my wish here, the elves must browse the internet.

Stats: 4736 QSO (184 DXCC) for this year. Not breaking any record but not a so bad year.

November 2016

Traveled to Sweden but no traffic this time, too much snow. The local newpapers reported it was the snowiest day for 111 years. Bad luck, it will be for another time. My Mountain Topper and its EFHW multi-band antenna is a good combinaison for this kind of professional trips. This month I worked on the band filters from a W3NQN design. The first results on my K3 are very encouraging.

Finally, I am trying to manage my wife thinking about a Xmas key as a perfect gift for her 'great' husband. This year again, GHD made a very nice key for Morse Express.

October 2016


Learning from my mistakes.
I owned an Elecraft K2 I sold to fund my K3. Indeed, the K3 is a nice rig and you cannot compare its performance to the K2. However, the K2 is a nice rig, compact and rugged, you can take with you when traveling.
So, since I sold mine, I built 2 K2 for friends and finally, another one joined the family :)
The Elecraft team is now almost completed, from my KX1 S/N#00013 to the K3, with the only exception of the KX2. I own a KX3 and I don't think the KX2 will add someting to my station.
October is also when will take place the Scout Jamboree On The Air. I am helping younsters pounding CW at the camp close by.

September 2016

I was in the Nordics (mostly in Norway -JN59hv64) the full month, on the air with my MTR5B. I bought recently a 'SuperAntenna MP-1' to ease security controls at the airports, flying to Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France with 5 flights a week - so I do know what is security checks.

This antenna was definitely more quiet than the Buddipole at the airports and, unfortunately, on the air. However, I succeed to contact about 150+ stations from the beach.

I was also 2 days in Puerto Rico, signing KP4/NK2F. Due to professional activities, I was available on the air only 2 hours but get a nice pile-up to tease me for coming back with more time for the radio.

August 2016

Traveled 2 weeks in the Xanquartia mountains and was active as EA7/F5IYJ. I was running 100w in a Windom antenna this time as I expected some difficulties to get out of the surrounded mountains. I was right, my traffic can't be compared to what I did last year from the south of Portugal.

But Spain is a really nice country and my family always enjoy staying there.

July 2016

Traveled to Sweden. Very nice country as well.

Activity limited because I was fed up to explain what my Buddipole is to Security Officers at the French airports. It seems in the Nordics nobody is impressed by an amateur radio traveler.

I was working also on my power cables, replacing all fuses by Polyswitch, see my web site for more information.

June 2016


June means 'enjoying a beer with friends at Friedrichshafen Ham Radio'.


year again it was a nice venue.

I met with many operators I contacted the past year and it was for me, as usual, a nice opportunity to meet foreign clubs and station ops, expecting from them some help to get a license when I will be traveling in their countries.

May 2016

be healthy with amateur radio!

Take you lunch box and go outside. If you are an operator, it will be also a great opportunity to be on the air /P. If you time is limited, you need an easy setup. Thanks to Dennis from Kanga Products who sent me a Mountain Topper MTR5B. I do recommend Dennis' great service.

March 2016

I reviewed my Visitor GO KIT, thinking about replacing the Youkit HB-1B with my venerable Elecraft KX1 with its internal ATU. 'Venerable' because its S/N is 00013.

If you are planning to visit France and want to operate without taking your radio with you, you can borrow my Visitor Go Kit.

To do so, just drop me a note.

February 2016

I was for a too long time working and meeting great hams in the Netherlands, I cannot miss the Dutch PACC contest.

I think I am starting a nice collection.

November 2015

Traveled to UAE, Dubai.

I first intended to operate as A65/NK2F but I was invited to join a local station as guest operator.

Nice piles-up here as well.

When back, I attended some exam sessions as Volunteer Examiner. Was great to give these new hams their ticket. Good luck guys and copy you soon!

August 2015

Enjoying some holidays with my family in Argave, Portugal and signing CT7/F5IYJ.

I took my beloved Elecraft KX3 running from solar power and batteries (LiFePO4) in my Buddipole antenna.

The GP setup did fine and I was able to contact bunchs of JA, PY, W6. 67 DXCC entities were contacted from this location.

January 2015

Decided to participate to the EUCW Snakes & Ladder activity at QRP power, so removing all non-QRP QSO from my logs.

EUCW S&L isn't a contest but a great activity to motivate being on the air and making real QSO (and not only 5NN ones). I do recommend you to join.

I was endorsed as 'best QRP station' in 2015. I am sure many other stations deserved it but I am really proud to have been endorsed.

September 2014

Thanks to the RSGB and the ops from the RSGB Radio Centre at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, we reactivated French 'Resistance' radio nets between France and UK, using a WWII transmiter replica.

During this public event, the French Minister of Work, the Major of the City and the French Army General in charge of the district sent radiograms to British hams.

It was a great opportunity to show them what amateur radio can do without any additional infrastructure. When all fail...

I think I will do it again one day, allowing every body to sent radiograms. CW rocks!

Additional information                                                                                                  

You might have hear me signing as NK2F, FS/F5IYJ, CT7/F5IYJ, ON/F5IYJ, LA/F5IYJ, OZ/F5IYJ, OH/F5IYJ, SM/F5IYJ, PA/F5IYJ, PJ7/ F5IYJ, DL/F5IYJ, M/F5IYJ, EA3/F5IYJ, EA5/F5IYJ, EA7/F5IYJ, A65/NK2F, FM/F5IYJ, IT9/F5IYJ, HB9/F5IYJ, HB0/F5IYJ, UA3/F5IYJ, KP4/NK2F and from other countries as guest operator.

My traffic is not exactly 100% CW but very close to. Be confident I am working to remove that 0.0%.

I have no interest in QSO's between computers (digital mode) but exceptionnally operate RTTY & PSK using my CW key and my transceiver ability to decode these modes.

Voice: I don't see any interest in SSB as you can do with CW the same with less power and less bandwidth.


...and never forget real radios glow in the dark.





pictured is my Ameco AC-1 novice rig replica






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DX World Award#5317
Granted: 2017-04-08 18:09:36   (F5IYJ)

  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#16357
Granted: 2017-01-12 18:42:02   (F5IYJ)

  • 12 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 17 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
Grid Squared Award#14929
Granted: 2017-01-12 18:42:02   (F5IYJ)

  • Mixed CW
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