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Hi, My name is Dick and i live in a town called Amstelveen situated on the south-side of Amsterdam.

I am interested in radio since my childhood. As a young boy i got a old tube receiver from my parents with shortwave. I spend hours listening to all the stations from all over the world. Later i discovered that you can send them a report and receive a QSL-card. I still got a little pile with cards from stations like Radio Canada, Radio Moscow and so on.

The first step in transmitting was a 3 meter transmitter. With that and a simple broadcast FM receiver i did QSO's with other "pirates". This was really radio, because you had to build your own transmitter using the 'dead bug method'. Later the band became crowded because we got local radio stations, so this band was no fun any more.

Than 11 meter or CB became alive here, first illegal with american 40ch AM gear and later the legal 22 channel FM transceivers.

Then finally i got intersted in Hamradio. There was a Veron booth on the Firato, a Amsterdam electronics fair. I got me some information and ordered a instruction book for the C-license. Did my test and became licensed in 1988, callsign PE1MTW.

With the C-license you could only operate on 2 meter and up. And HF was very intersting so i joined a local group that was learning morsecode. In 1990 i took my test and got the B-license, callsign PB0AKD. With that license a part of HF was allowed, with 10 meter as the most intersting band, since it was wide open at that time. It is just fun working the States with just 10W from your car HI.

A few years later we where allowed here to choose your own callsign. I got PA1DR, wich i in 2003 changed to PC1D and since last november changed back to PA1DR again.

My main interst is listening and experimenting with new modes. After all the digi-modes it is now the time for digital modes like D-star, DMR for hamradio, but also listening to modes like Tetra, using a computer.

to be continued..............

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