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Who is PA8E? As a little kid I was grabbed by the ‘radio virus’ in the early 80’s. I use to own a little transistor radio which I took with me to bed every night. Long after my bedtime I listened to local FM-pirate stations who were talking to each other over the band (duplexing). Many times I’ve tried to build such an FM-transmitter myself. It never worked very well. Also I was completely crazy about walkie talkies. Many friends had some and we spent quite a lot of time playing with them. 

Then came the girls, mopeds and other teenage distractions.

Previous calls

My call-sign wasn’t always PA8E. I obtained my first (novice) license in 2003 as PD0JMW. My first radio was a Yeasu FT-817 which I bought second hand. In April 2008 I passed my Full-license. My call-sign changed from PD0JMW to PA1JIM. Since 2017 I changed my callsign from PA1JIM to PA8E, mainly for more convenience while sending morse code.


My QTH (hometown) is in Hilversum (30 km south of the city of Amsterdam). Locator: JO22NF.
After the Yeasu FT-817 my first Kenwood came. It was a good old TS-450SAT. Great radio which sparked my preference for Kenwood. The TS-450 became a TS-850 and was replaced by a TS-590S. Lovely rig, worked great but it didn't made my heart jump.
Then came the Icom IC-7300 and I immediately fell in love. I was one of the first owners in The Netherlands. I still own the IC-7300 as primary HF-rig and love it. The only thing that dissapointed a little bit is it's ability to tune random antenna wires. Fair enough: the TS-590 just did an excellent job doing that. So I quickly bought a Icom AH-4 tuner to tune my ZS6BKW-like antenna on all bands.  


For 2 meter an old Philips Condor replaced the Yeasu FT-817. The Condor was more a mobile rig with very loud audio. Not too comfortable to listen to in the shack. So I replaced it for a Icom IC-910. I never got used to this rig so after a year I replaced it for a Kenwood TM-D710. I fell in love with this rig within the first ten minutes it was on. Typically the Kenwood-easy-of-use I already known from my HF-rigs. But after a while the D-710 in the shack didn’t excited me anymore and I sold it. After some fiddling around with old Kenwood single banders (TM-531, TM-431, TM-241) I bumped in a Kenwood TM-742 with 23cm module. This again was love at first sight. To own one myself was a long term dream. After buying a second hand one, changing the backup-battery and do some cleaning, I finally have my own! I use a Diamond X6000 as main VHF/UHF antenna.


For years I did my day-to-day commute by bike and for this commute I did purchased a handheld from Kenwood, the TH-D72. Due to it’s APRS-ability you were able to track me at aprs.fi as PA1JIM-7.


Another Kenwood TM-D710 (second hand) for mobile use in my car. Before this extra rig I disconnected the 710 from my shack and put it in the car every time I went mobile. Not an ideal situation. Now I have a permanent TM-D710 in the car which you can track via aprs.fi and the TM-742 in the shack.


In June of 2015 I got an extension in the shack: a Peet Bros Ultimeter 2100 weather station. A long time wish came true. Now the WX-situation at PA8E (JO22NF) is live via APRS

Besides a radio amateur I am a dad of two and husband. My hobby is limited to my spare time which isn’t much these years. I’m unable to put as much time in the hobby as I would. 

Finally a little disclaimer: English is not my native language so please excuse any bad grammar or spelling. Corrections are always welcome and instructive. Hope you enjoy and visit again!

73 de PA8E, Jim

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