Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The quest of becoming a Ham...

It must be 15 years ago or more that I came into contact with the "ham-virus" for the first time. That was with scouting and the Jamboree On The Air. Before that I was allready a SWL but mostly on Broadcasting stations. That was the first time I said I must get my license.
Now I picked up the hobby of SWL again after many years, but now only on the amateur bands.
So yesterday evening I surfed to the website of the Dutch Amateur Club Veron and ordered some books to get my N-License. The first real step is made but still a lot of work to be done!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Fieldday locationThis weekend (june 2 and 3) the regional club station PI4VAD wil be active on the CW Fieldday. A Special callsign PA6QRP will be used and yes, it will only work QRP!
The regular callsign will also be used as PI4VAD/P.
At the moment the location in Bleskensgraaf (15 km NW of Dordrecht, 25 km East of Rotterdam) is still very empty as shown on the photo on the right.
Activities will start friday evening.

On Google Maps the location can be found via this link.


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Monday, May 28, 2007

Ham Radio Deluxe

Simon Brown, HB9DRV developped a very nice program called Ham Radio Deluxe for controlling your receiver or tranciever. The part I use the most is the logbook.
But today, when installing the software on a new computer I discovered a nice little tool.
From now on you can see my latest activities on the left side of my website. The information is updated every minute.


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Thursday, May 24, 2007

25 years ago...

In the search for my album with old QSL's I found my old QSL card.
It's about 25 years old! And what a difference with the full-color cards nowadays ;-)
At that time I wasn't into ham-radio. I was using a old tube-radio to listen to broadcasting stations around the world.
I didn't find the old QSL cards yet, so it will take a little more time before they are scanned and put online.
My SWL QSL 25 years ago


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007


This is a first test to my new blog on


Blogger Noam said...

Hi Elmar
I Like the way your New Site looks !
Very Cool layout !
i will visit here again , hope to get interest here , well , i am sure i will ...hi
Best 73 !
Eyran 4X4-2238 Swl since '86.

May 22, 2007 3:09 PM  
Blogger Elmar said...

Hi Eyran,
Thanks for the compliments!
I still have a lot to do, but the framework is up and running.
So between tuning around the bands..... updates will be made.
73's Elmar

May 22, 2007 6:52 PM  

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

My Shack

My Shack is just under a meter wide, so everything is all very close together:
My Shack
On the left screen Ham Radio Deluxe is running. I use this software for controling my Kenwood R-5000 receiver. The right screen is used for the VE7CC DX Cluster Software and Google Earth. Both of the monitors are connected to my main computer. The right screen is also connected to my webserver and other two computers via a KVM Switch.

Next to it it my regular computer monitor where Ham Radio Deluxe runs. Under the monitor are a timer/clock and a KVM switch.

Just under the monitors are a HF antenna tuner and a Realistic Pro 2005 scanner, used for VHF/UHF.

Some links

About me

It must have been in the late seventies or early eighties when I started listening to shortwave radio. At that time I used an old Philips tube radio build in the fifties. That radio limited me to broadcasting stations but I still remember the SSB signals I couldn't copy, the radar jammers and the number stations. A little later I got infected with the ham-virus when our local scouting started with the JOTA. After that I have been inactive for many years untill the beginning of 2007. I wanted to tune the bands again and bought a Kenwood R-5000 receiver. Now I'm tuning the bands allmost every evening trying to copy some stations mostly on 20, 40 and 80 meter. As a SWL I try to copy multiple QSO's from a station before sending a QSL. So, when you receive my QSL card, I hope you will check your log and confirm it with your QSL card.

73's and good DX all, Elmar

QSL Cards

I started to sent my QSL card to amateurs around the world in may 2007. Most of the QSLs go via the bureau and some of them goes direct.
Stations that I log will receive this QSL card from me:
My QSL Card
These are some of the QSL card that I received in return:












Logged Stations Map

Here's a small map of the stations that I have in my logbook. I have not all the locators so I hope to complete that as soon as I receive the QSL.
My Shack