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Licensed hams... Interested in an operating permit for the Philippines? Contact Dolores (Dolly) DU1DLY at para1932@gmail.com. Hint: If your country has an cooperative agreement with the Philippines it's easy! She will email you all the forms and how to's.

 

My QTH in Subic Bay, Olongapo Philippines. Call DU3/KB7DV

Member of the NW Country Cousins, OMISS, ARRL and PARA (Philippine Amateur Radio Association)

Hello everyone. I had an early interest in electronics and at 9 years old in 1961, I built an electric eye from scratch using an 868 photo tube, an amplifier tube, relay and associated components. In the Navy I learned a lot about electronics and communications equipment. In 1985 I was asked to help repair some ham equipment used in the local MARS station. I soon gained an interest in this ham thing and in 1986 attained my Novice ticket and volunteered to stand duty at the MARS station. Soon the Navy took me places where I wasn’t able to operate ham equipment but, in 2013, thanks to my very good friend and great ham Peter Romans W7QLC (SK) I decided it was about time to get back into the hobby and I still had all my old ham gear in the closet. I also decided to go for the gold and studied like crazy to get my Amateur Extra Class license. I operated as a General class for a bit but not being able to work those extra frequencies was driving me nuts! I love DXing, contesting, working the pileups and rag chews of coarse.

I am now back in the Philippines and erected a 3 band yagi up about 12 meters, a 5 band ground plane at about 10 meters up and of coarse a 2 meter stick. A couple of years ago I set up a small 2 meter station in Bulacan province out on the farm (pictured below) radio in a chair and a J-pole. I needed a 2 meter antenna so built a J-pole out of copper pipe stuck it on a 2x2 and hung it on an outside wall. Worked very well and was soon able to make contact with Ron DV3JQL who was very helpful in getting me on the Clark repeater. By setting the antenna just right (using grid maps and a compass) I was able to slide the signal just south of Mt. Arayat to the repeater. That's about a 20 mile shot. A couple of feet to the north and no contact. I really enjoy working DX from Olongapo/Subic Bay and have made some fantastic contacts including New Jersey with 80 watts and Brazile with 100 watts. Contacting many hams around Asia Europe. Love that Kenwood 830 and now a new Kenwood 480 HX! I finally got my old Heathkit SB 101 back on the air too. A real thrill as this was my first ham radio. No frills rig but a real talker.

Well the sun got quiet and so did the bands March 2016. Boy did they get quiet. I decided enough of that so I tried my hand at PSK31 and RTTY. Both are great fun. PSK31 was new to me but RTTY took me back to the old days. But after a short bit the bands got even quieter so now I'm playing around on JT65 and JT9. Goofy and odd mode but you can QSO when all else fails. It's not for rag chews but great for contacts at only 5 to 30 watts on a vertical.

So if you hear the call DU3/KB7DV give me a shout. I'd love to chat. Amateur radio is a lot of fun and it’s fun to design equipment and antennas too. And when help is needed in an emergency it can be very rewarding to be able to help out. I highly recommend this to the old and young alike. It's great to get the young folks involved. Hope to hear you on the bands.

73

A little field op I set up in Bulacan Philippines. 2 Meter with a copper J pole on a stick about 10 feet up. Rig is a TYT-9800 Contacted the Angeles repeater and also worked some simplex.That's a MFJ-4225 power supply on the floor. Good it works on 220V as that's all there is at that location.

73

Dennis

KB7DV DU3/KB7DV

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World Continents Award#18515
Granted: 2017-10-09 17:58:21   (KB7DV)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 20M Digital
  • 30M Digital
United States Counties Award#552
Granted: 2016-07-19 08:23:18   (KB7DV)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12421
Granted: 2016-05-27 17:40:26   (KB7DV)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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