Amateur Radio - A Bridge To The World
Listening to the radio in the early seventies was as fascinating to me as it is today! While Klaus (DJ6RX), Gun (DL6EN) and the others from the Bad Kreuznach DX-Gang had their daily DX-contacts with stations around the globe, I was eager to get my own transmitting permission.
Too young to be a radio amateur?
During the early seventies it was required by law to be at least 18 years old to be accepted
for an amateur radio examination. Too bad for me as I was only 16 years but ready to start!
With the great support of Harry (DK4PR), Günter (DJ8CY) and the DARC I was accepted for the examination even though I was only 16! This was an unusual exception at this time! On December 3rd 1973 I finally got my license with the call DK7PE. I was one of the youngest radio amateurs in Germany during these days.
Working DX - which means having radio contact with other amateur radio stations more than
3000 km away - was one thing. But after I had worked 265 DXCC countries, I was eager to visit some of this exotic spots myself. Egypt was the first rare DX-country I travelled to. With the invitation of Keith, VO1LX/SU (now VA3YC), I was allowed to operate out of
the UN-Camp in Ismailia on the Suez Canal. This was back in 1978.
In 44 years of Amateur Radio I now have visited 157 and operated out of 137 different DXCC-countries (see page Call Signs).
Getting an amateur radio license in some of these countries and operating from there wasn't always as easy as it seems, so to mention Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh and the Central African Republic.
During all my DXpeditions I focused on countries most wanted in CW (Morse code) and especially on the low bands like 40, 80 and 160m. For this purpose I designed several antenna systems that fit into my suitcase and work extremely well on all HF-bands. One of my designs is the 3 element Jumper Beam made out of wire. It was described in the Ocober 2011 issue of QST Magazine and several other magazines too.
On my page Photo Gallery you may find some pictures I took during several DXpeditions. The last one was Svalbard/Spitzbergen using the amateur radio call sign JW/DK7PE in December 2016.
CU on 160!
Rudi - DK7PE