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Martin PA4WM

Other operations included:
ON8QJ - GJ/PA3DSR - PJ7/PA4WM - FS/PA4WM - VP2EWM - V47WM - VP2MWM - VP2MPA (CQWW 2002) - TA1/PA4WM

Holding the DXCC Honor Roll #1 Mixed and 5(8)BDXCC amongst others.

It started all very early.
Born in 1964, my interest in the magic of radio started around the age of 10.
In 1979, at the age of 15, I joined the Dutch Amateur Radio organization VERON, obtained an SWL number and passed my novice exam the same year.
This was the start of a very exiting hobby. Shortwave and DX attracted me from day one.
Upgraded to HF/CW shortly after, and obtained the call sign PA3DSR. Changed to PA4WM in 1999
My mentor was Albert, PA0ABE. I remember visiting his station very well. It was exciting to witness the regular worldwide 10m contacts on the rise of the sunspot cycle in ‘79/80, when he was using his Yaesu FL100B transmitter and FR50B receiver combination.
During these early visits I also met his daughter Monique. We became friends, and got married a little later. Not a radio amateur herself, but a huge support in every aspect.

My first profession was in line with our hobby; Radio operator in the Royal Dutch Navy.
After 5 years at sea, I changed my profession to become a Drilling Engineer for a leading company in the world wide oil and gas industry.
With these jobs, I was lucky not only to work DX, but visit many DX countries as well.

During the 90’s I was chasing DX at a high speed, and operated in many national and international contests.
In 1998, my partner in crime Henk PA3GCV and myself joined the Low Land DXpedition team-LLDXT on a few occasions.
A few trips into the Caribbean followed.  I have very fond memories of them all, but one in particular; our entrance in the 2002 CQWWDX SSB as VP2MPA from Montserrat.
In 2003/4 I was assigned to a long drilling project in Turkey, where I was able to set up a semi permanent station, and handed out thousands of TA1 contacts.

Today, I am still working as a Drilling Engineer in the international field.
Recently I replaced my trusty 20 years old FT1000mp for a 5000.  At the same time I invested in a 7 band Ultrabeam yagi.
The old Force12 did a good job, but sometimes one just wants to have a new toy.
Low activity during the last sunspot maximum due to work, means that many band slots are still open to fill.
So after DXCC HR#1, 8BDXCC and other achievements, I have set new goals.


73’s
Enjoy radio, enjoy DX
Martin, PA4WM

 

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