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When i was 7 years old i received a small transceiver for the 11m band. Since that moment i have been using the radio waves for dx or chatting. On the 23th of November 1993 I received my C license and my first callsign was PE1PED, unfortunately i was not allowed to operate on HF. I discovered the 2m band and became an active dx station with a interest in Tropo, sporadic E and aurora. My first experience with aurora caused me a lot of time to search for a problem in my receiver. The 2m band is still one of my favourites, but i was also very keen to get an allowance for HF. This meant that i had to learn CW and i was not very good at it. So it took me one year and a lot of patience of my tutors (Koos PA3BJW & Hilde PA3EKW). I still can't believe it but i love CW and i have improved my skills. The callsign i received (may 1998) from the authorities was PA3HHE. I used this call for 12 years and the call garanteed a lot of fun with repeating the 'H' or forgotten 'E'. So on 10 august 2010 i decided to use a new call PC3M.

I am also a member of PI4AMF the club station of the Veron department Amersfoort (R03). It's a very nice club station and gives a lot of possibilities to experience what a good antenna can do for you. I would like to use the same antennas on my qth but i know that it's simply not possible because of the close proximity of neighbors and of course my wife who is not very keen on antenna's with birds on it.

At the moment i am using the following equipment :

  • HF(digimode): Kenwood TS2000, PKW 2 elements beam for 10,15 and 20m
  • HF(analoge): Kenwood TS870, PKW 2 elements beam and homemade vertical 160m-10m
  • VHF (4m) : ICOM 7100, 5 elemets OWA single boom with 6m
  • VHF (6m) : ICOM-756 PROIII, 4 elements OWA single boom with 4m
  • VHF/UHF : Kenwood TS2000, (100W), 9 elements LFA yagi
  • UHF(70cm): Soon a 21 elements beam?
  • SHF (23 cm): transvertor 150W only for portable use

I like to do some experiences on other locations, usually on holiday's or Fieldday. My latest portable location was 9A on a camping site near the village of Novigrad in Croatia. My portable equipment is a Icom706, different wire antenna's (all home brewed, 50 ohm and 240 ohm), laptop and a small VHF 150W amplifier.

Belowis the satelite dish from PI9CAM. You can find more info on http://www.camras.nl/. I did my first EME experience with it on 13 cm... Wow

PI9CAM

Now i am in the proces of building and experimenting with SDR transceivers. I used the designe made by DL2EWN and the bought his kit on the website from Funkamateur. I have finished the FA-SDR transceiver and the HF amplifier. So i should be able to produce about 5 W from 100 KHz till 30 MHZ. The first problem i experienced was software. I did have a LapTop with Vista on it and i soon decided to use Windows7. The main reason was to get the audio drivers working with Vista and the available software program (PowerSDR and Rocky). At this moment i am using the Peaberry SDR V2 kit (17/15/12/10m) made by AE9RB for QRP work.

For your information i have added some pictures of the SDR transceiver(DL2EWN)  below.

FA-SDR transceiver buildHF Amplifier

I am using Log4OM as my logbook software with the Kenwood TS2000 and TS870 connected. QSL 's are automated send and backuped by HRDLOG.NET.


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