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About me

Hi, I'm Frank, and I'm a CW operator.

I was born in 1968. I'm currently living on a beautiful spot just west of Almere (info in Dutch and photos here), in Flevoland province. I'm living there together with Marielle and our two Irish Setters Raya and Luca. I'm a free-lance IT specialist since 1999. My company is called QRD ("where are you bound for?"). Besides playing radio, I like to play the piano. Also, I enjoy brewing beer, listening to jazz music, dancing to EDM, and going on long-distance hikes. Finally, I enjoy running half marathons and playing the occasional game of squash.

I'm a proud member of FOC, HSC and CWops.

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Jump to: Radio history - Rag-chewing - Contesting - DXpeditions - DX-ing - Station - QSL

YL Marielle Raya and Luca Brewing beer In the Pyrenees

Radio history

I've been known to regularly tune the living room radio as a toddler, but it wasn't until I was in my teens that my interest for radio really developed. First with listening to shortwave broadcast and utility stations. Later, my interest moved towards ham radio and I became an SWL (NL-10191). The receiver was a Kenwood R600.

I received my ham radio ticket (with CW included) in 1990, and the callsign PA3FLV. At that time, I was using homebrew QRP CW transmitters and the Kenwood R600 receiver. Later, I purchased a TenTec Argonaut II QRP transceiver.

In 1999, when setting up my own business, my interest in ham radio faded. But in 2005, the bug bit again, and I changed my callsign to PA4N. I acquired a second-hand Yaesu FL-110 PA for a 10dB power increase.

In October 2008, I bought an Elecraft K3, to be followed by the subreceiver in early 2009, the panadapter in 2010, the 500W PA in 2011 and the KAT500 antenna tuner in 2012.

I'm intrigued by the magic of the shortwave bands, and am nearly exclusively active on CW . My interests are contesting, rag-chewing, DX-ing and DXpeditioning.

PA3FLV, 1993 PA4N, 2005 PA4N, 2008 PA4N, 2012


Since 2012, I taken an interest in rag-chewing. And today, it's what I do most of the time, actually, hi hi. I'm often QRV around 25 kHz from the lower band edge, looking for rag-chew contacts at around 25-30 WPM.

To find CW clubs members, I've made a small web application that filters Reverse Beacon Network spots. The application supports CWops, FISTS, FOC, HSC, VHSC, SHSC, EHSC and SKCC.


In 2009, I started to seriously participate in contests. It's not often that I can participate the full time period. Below are the results of the contests in which I was able to engage in an 'all out' effort as a single-op.

contest class gear remarks points country cont world note
WAG CW 2009 SO AB LP K3, doublet, loop skywire   96,792 #1      
CQ WPX CW 2010 SO AB LP assisted K3, doublet, vertical for 40m call: PA44N 1,242,850 #1 #8    
CQ WW CW 2010 SO 80 HP assisted K3, SB-220, 2 phased verticals   399,532 #1 #9   PA record
CW WPX CW 2012 SO AB HP assisted K3, KPA500, beam, doublet call: PA73N 4,036,300 #1     PA record
PACC 2013 SO AB HP assisted CW K3, KPA500, beam, doublet   407,622 #1      
PACC 2014 SO AB HP assisted CW K3, KPA500, beam, doublet   389,367 #1      
CQ WW CW 2014 SO 15 LP K3, dipole call: PJ2V 833,952  #1 #1 #2 PJ2 record
PACC 2015 SO AB HP CW K3, KPA500, beam, doublet   443,954  #1      

(*) = claimed

Also, each year I try to participate in the domestic PA Beker contests. The PA Beker contest is a short contest on 80 and 40 meters, phone one day and CW the other day. It's probably the only contest in which you can hear me on phone :-)

I do seem to find time to participate in some of the three weekly CWops CWT contests. One hour of contest fun per session. Open for non-members too. If you like CW contesting and like short contests, you really should take a look here.

Finally, the last couple of years I've been quite active in multi-multi contests, mostly as part of the now defunct PA6Z contest group. Subsequently, we've had some fun with PA6K, most notably the ARRL 10 meter contest in december 2012. Lately, I've doing several guest-ops with LX7I.

PACC 2012 @PA6Z CW men @PA6Z :-) ARRL 10m 2012 @PA6K


In 2010, I promised myself to go on a DXpedition at least once a year. Up till now, I've kept that promise:

  • MU/PA4N: from 13 to 19 July 2010, 4214 QSOs
  • MU/PA9M: from 22 to 29 October 2011, 34281 QSOs (with 6 other PA6Z members)
  • HB0/PA4N: from 9 to 13 October 2012, 3456 QSOs
  • CT8/PA4N: from 26 March to 3 April 2013, 3315 QSOs
  • PJ2V: on 29 and 30 October 2014, QRV mainly in the CQ WW DX CW contest, 2125 QSOs

For 2015, I don't have any concrete plans yet. I do have a wish to join a larger DXpedition group, though, to a somewhat more challenging destination (read: outside Europe). So if you have such plans but are still lacking a good CW op, please drop me a note...

MU/PA4N, 2010 HB0/PA4N, 2012 CT8/PA4N, 2013


Currenly (1 January 2017), I have 300 entries confirmed for DXCC (CW only, 160-10 meters, including deleted). Here are some historical standings:


1.8 3.5 7 10 14 18 21 24 28 all-band
1 Jan 2010 22 53 75 75 128 54 75 28 45 172
1 Jan 2011 30 106 105 108 154 91 98 48 54 213
1 Jan 2012 33 108 108 112 164 99 105 61 99 227
1 Jan 2013 34 109 111 122 193 129 140 97 113 257
1 Jan 2014 38 115 123 146 212 162 174 133 132 277
1 Jan 2015 47 121 133 159 224 185 183 143 144 287
1 Jan 2016 51 123 138 175 231 201 199 160 155 295
1 Jan 2017 52 127 143 186 238 207 207 167 160 300
1 Jan 2018 52 127 146 188 239 208 207 168 160 301


My station consists of the Elecraft K-line - and I'm loving it! K3 rig with subreceiver, P3 pan-adapter, KPA500 500W amplifier and KAT500 automatic antenna tuner.

My favorite key is the Begali HST. Man, this thing feels solid! Further, I have an Elecraft/Bencher hex key, a Kent straight key, and an old ETM-8C. Last but not least, the good old ex-army Junker straight key on which I learned the code many moons ago. The keyer I'm using is a K1EL Winkeyer.

My antennas currently consist of:

  • A 2x25m inverted vee doublet. The apex is about 11 meters up. The ends are about 6 meters up.
  • A Clifton Labs Z1501 active antenna, used for diversity reception on all bands.

The doublet is fed with 26m ladder line. I can extend the feedline with another 7m (relay-switched from the DIGOUT1 port of my K3) and improve the SWR on some bands, making the job easier for the Elecraft antenna tuner (and increasing its efficiency).

The 5-band Spiderbeam (20-10m) is down for good, after many times storm damage in the 4 1/2 years that I've owned it. The mechanical construction of the antenna simply isn't robust enough for the windy conditions hear at the lakeside. See the picture below for the most recent damage...

Shack, aug 2013 PACC contest, 2013 Spiderbeam Broken Spiderbeam


QSL via the bureau or LOTW preferred.

DXpedition QSLs: Please note that I will post any DXpedition logs to LOTW within one week from returning home.



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