January 24th to 31st 2018 - V5/DK7PE

 

I was  operating out of the Omarura area in Namibia as a guest of Martin (V51W / V55V). It was great fun to work from this famous station and probably the bigges station form Africa, trying the low bands including the new 60m Band. Martin and Ursi, many thanks for this opportunity and your great hospitality!

 

 

QSL's will be ok via bureau! 

 

You may also QSL direct, but please don't send any IRCs for return postage. I don't need a QSL, so you can use PayPal and send me the contact details like your call, my call, band etc. In return I'll send you the QSL direct. Please give me some time to have the V5 QSLs printed.

 

Please use:  https://www.paypal.me/DK7PE

 

 

This way of QSLing may also be used for my previous DXpeditions, see page Callsigns!

 

 

 

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 44 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 V5/DK7PE from Namibia in January 2018.

 

CU on 160!

 

Rudi - DK7PE

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