The Amateur Radio Station “V55V” in Namibia is known to have one of the biggest signals in the southern part of Africa.

For more than 20 years Martin (V51MW) has been improving his station and after having played around with all sorts of antennas, he had come to the conclusion that a Rhombic Antenna system would be the best to suit his needs
(remark: There is NO space limitation).
 
The result is several Rhombic Antennas, two of which with 160m leg length (total length of 640m) aimed at North America and the second one at Europe. A third one, "the small one" has a leg length of 80m (total 320m). Martin says that the gain of this system is extreme  and depending on the frequency, it outperforms his rotary antennas in the rhombics favoured direction.
 
“V55V” has been used for a large number of contests as well as for plenty of DXpedition activities during the past years.  When working NA or EU (40 to 10m) the signals were always louder on the Rhombic, that's was what we experienced too.
 
Now, after more than 20 years Martin (80) and Ursi have decided to return back to Germany for good and “V55V” will come to an end and will hence be history...
 
Enjoy the video!
 
 
 

The Night of the Northern Lights (Nordlichter am Polarkreis)

Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz (Oct. 6th 2017, 18:45 CEST)

Aurora Borealis in Northern Norway (Sept. 8th. 2017)

Travelling

 

Amateur Radio to me is always a combination of travelling, taking photos and operating the radio station from a seldom heard, rare country.

HAM Radio

A typical opertion site at Dondra Head Lighthouse in Sri Lanka. Carrying all my amateur radio equipment and antennas abroad means: one forgotten connector or cable can be a show killer...

Photography

Taking pictures is always an important  part of my trips. This picture was taken in northern Norway and shows  a Northern Light (Kp Index 4)

 

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), Klaus (DL1KS), Hubert (DL1JW) and others from the Bad Kreuznach DX-Gang had their daily DX-contacts with rare 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 Mainz I was accepted for the examination even though I was only 16 years young. This was an unusual exception at this time! On December 3rd 1973 I finally got my license with the call sign DK7PE. I was one of the youngest radio amateurs in Germany during these days.

DXpeditions

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 wanted to visit some of these exotic spots by 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 this station out of the UN-Camp in Ismailia on the Suez Canal. This was back in 1978.

In 45 years of Amateur Radio I 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 seemed, 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 operation was D44TPE from Cabo Verde in February 2018.

 

CU on 160!

 

Rudi - DK7PE

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