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Born in The Netherlands in January 1943, I think it was in 1974 when I got my first "world"-receiver with which I could listen to the "regular"radio stations from all over the world. Later on I got another one with SSB and did discover that there were also radio-amateurs all over the world. I got a member of the Dutch radio-association VERON and got the number NL5352 as "official" listener. In the mean time I would make QSO's by myself, but did not have a license, so I worked (illegal) on the 27 Mc band and did make many QSO's with other stations around the world. However I loved that time, I wanted to have my license. In 1981 I did get my "beginners" license and made my first legal QSO on July 6, 1981 with the callsign PD0LUC. (UHF and VHF only).
In 1982 I got the bigger license, I think its theFull license now (without CW),and the new callsign PE1IKJ and made the first QSO with that new call on Juni 30, 1982.
I still was not satisfied and in 1983 I got the "B"-license (CW with 8 wpm) and made my first QSO on August 9, 1983 with the callsign PB0ACU. This license was a license between the novice and the full license. Because I was infected with the "Ham-virus" I just wanted to have the BIG license (including CW with 12 wpm) and in 1984 I got it and made my first QSO on June 17, 1984 with the callsign PA3DNB. (Now F-license including CW).
Because of problems with antennas, I did make my last QSO on December 27, 1993 and went QRT for 15 years! In July 2008, the Ham-virus came back and I got back my "old" PB0-callsign as, in the mean while, it was allowed to choose your prefix and suffix. I wanted that callsign because I thought it would be "special" as there are only a few PB0 prefrixes in my country, not knowing there are hundreds of new prefixes nowadays.
I'm living in a apartment on the 10th floor and have had lots of problems to place an antenna. I'm still experimenting with different antennas on my balcony and did make QSO's with some stations in Italy and Spain, using the balcony railings (the black parts, left on the picture) with a 1:9 balun as my antenna. I also used a Diamond DX-UHV MOBILE vertical antenna which is about 2 meter and inside my balcony as outside is not allowed. See picture. Real fun!
I did make QSO's with this mobile antenna with North and South America, Caribean, Europe, Russia and even with New Zealand !!! I don't use a lineair (even don't have one) and my tranceiver is a Icom 756 Pro III with Heil PRO headset. For the digital modes (PSK, RTTY) I use the 756 and MicroHAM USB Interface III which has its own soundcard.
Since July 15, 2009 I use a Diamond CP-6 VERTICAL antenna which is on the roof of the building at 45 meters/150 feet high !!!!!!!!!!!!! (Grounded to the lightning system.) My first QSO with this antenne was a Japanese station.
You can see the building on www.hocra.nl and I'm living in the middle of the building on the 10th floor.(14 is the highest).
Since april 8, 2009 I'm a member of the EPC and my number is #6799.
When I"m working as PB0ACU/P I"m doing that from my summer QTH in Maarssen, where I have a mobil home. The locator there is JO22md. Working cdx there are Kenwood TS-480SAT, microham III USB Interface and the same antenna as at home the Diamond CP-6 multiband vertical at 3 meter above the water cq. ground.
All QSO's will be oploaded to LoTW and ClubLog in the beginning of a new month.
All received paper QSL's will be confirmed in the same way I received them.
Hope to have QSO with you (or thanks for the QSO) and wish you best 73's. Roel, pb0acu
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