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  • NAME: TONY
  • QSL Policy: YES Direct, Buro, EQSL, LOTW

I have been a licensed Amateur Radio Operator for more than 20 years. My grandather, Pierre, was F8KE and introduced me to the world of Shortwave radios! I remember a lot of wire antennas in his backyard. He was first licensed in 1919 and eventually got the callsign F8KE. Later my father, F4GSX, let me borrow some of his (french edition) CQ Magazines. It was really exciting to hear about this new world. I immediately started looking at how I can also get a license and join the fun! In France, back then, we had 3 classes of licenses. Novice, Class 2 and Class 1 (Extra). My first callsign was FA1CKH and it was limited to VHF only and 10watts. My first radio was an HT from Kenwood, the TH 235E. What a surprise gift from my parents the day of my 16th birthday! I was thrilled and I started working the VHF repeaters in the Paris area. I remember the "Relais de Clamart" on 145.600MHz and a good bunch of guys. I learned a lot from these guys and although I started with a small setup, I had a lot of fun. During the summer of 1998, I experience the coolest Sporadic E conditions on 2m and I was able to work a repeater hundred of miles away, wow! I eventually worked on my "homebrew" antenna project, a 5/8 lambda vertical for 2m. It was made out of PVC and I used 12# AWG solid wire for the element. It worked great. I eventually upgraded to F4CKH and almost immediately after that to F8CKH. I passed the CW exam with flying colors. Since that day CW has been my favorite mode of operation. This is such an efficient mode and you can work the work with very basic antenna. I have never been a fan of the "screaming contest" sometimes you hear on the phone sub bands.

My first HF receiver was my father's Heathkit HR1680. I spent a lot of hours listening to 40m Phone and CW with this nice little receiver. My first HF rig was a Kenwood TS570DG and I fell in love with it as it was a good CW performer on the HF bands. At the time I was using a simple end fed with 9:1 balun. Noise level was low at my parents... Country side I guess! I can remember Spring 2002 when I could work into the US in CW every single day on 20m. Good ol' days!

I later got busy with school and later flight school to earn my wings. I have lived for 3 years in New Zealand, in Hamilton. It is about 1.5 hours south of Auckland. What an awesome place to live! I had an HF station but rarely active due to crazy student pilot life. A lot of studying, a lot more flying and little rest. But one day, I showed up at a local ham's place and bought a nice looking TS520 radio. I worked a few Qs from ZL but antenna farm was very limited.

Overall I operated from a lot of places due to my studies but also work assignements with the airlines. Mostly HB9, G. I relocated to the USA permanently in September 2010 and I became K3DY. 

I live in an HOA for now but this doesn't stop me from getting on the air. You have to be creative and experiment. Over the years I have tried:

- 20m dipole in attic. It worked OK and I did a few DXCC with it. At the time, the radio was an FT857 and MFJ tuner.
- End Fed in attic. Somewhat worked but noisy (no surprise there).
- End Fed outside with piano wire. Although not bad at all it never performed enough to my "standards". Best DX was E51 CW with 5 watts.
- Lots of different Magnetic Loops. Yes! I finally made it to the loop antennas! Magic! Awesome! Exciting! Once you try them, you never go back to a wire (Ok... Almost... Hi!). My first loop was an MFJ 1786 10 - 30 MHz and it worked really well, low angle of radiation and plenty of DXs. 
- Current TX antenna: 35 ft +/- downspout with 4:1 unun at feedpoint. Plenty of radials. It is working very well. With this antenna I finally achieved DXCC, WAS, WAC and WPX. Not bad for a no antenna zone.

My Secret... To use a seperate receiving antenna. Downspout is noisy otherwise so it is a necessity to have something else to hear that weak DX. I build a receive only 3ft diameter loop with coaxial cable and a preamp based on a differential design with a pair of 2N5109. Very simple device and it works really good! I am now having a blast on low bands 160, 80 and 40m (especially during the low SSN times that we are facing now, Oct. 2016). 

I also enjoy sending QSL cards as SWL to Amateur Radio Operators. Here is my SWL card template:


I am also active on DSTAR with a Raspberry Pi and DVAP 440. My DSTAR radios are ID31A and ID880H. This is an awesome way of keeping in touch with my friends back home in France.

At home, I do have a limited electronic lab. My scope is a 100MHz chinese DSO, a 30MHz signal generator as well as a frequency counter. I enjoy building stuff!!! 

Overall, despite the HOA or whatever, never give up, put something up and get on the air! No excuses! Remember... DXCC, WAS, WAC and WPX were accomplished at this QTH with less than good antennas. CW helped a lot.

Here is a schematic for a differential amplifier for RX loop:

My Alinco Receiver : 

 

Meet George the Pumpkin Phone Operator:

 

I also enjoy playing with satellites as well. A crossed dipoles antenna I built for 145MHz:

... And the finished product!

 

 

My day job: I am a Captain on a Falcon 50 private jet. I have been flying for more than 10 years with experience on the Airbus A319/A320/A321, CRJ200/CRJ700, ERJ175/ERJ190. Experience flying worldwide; Europe, Asia, Oceania as well as North America. Most of my time is on the Airbus A320. I hold EASA and FAA certifications.

My current flying machine:

 

73, Tony

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United States Counties Award#3665
Granted: 2016-07-31 12:24:02   (K3DY)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#9714
Granted: 2015-07-11 18:22:45   (K3DY)

Grid Squared Award#989
Granted: 2015-01-20 19:00:50   (K3DY)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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