10 feb 2017:
My lovely pup "Meissie" is now 4 months and does give me a boost every day. She's very good behaving and don't need the lease the whole time, so a joy to walk with her. And then the surprise of the month, getting grandfather, two grandchidren on one day! At 5 februari morning i got a grandson named Olivier, his father is my son Elroy.. and at 7 pm i became grandfather of my granddaughter Julia, her mother is my daughter Nikita! So this month will be my favorite from now on!!!
Olivier Roald Julia Mathilda
Meissie - 4 months old at the sea shore near the seaport of IJmuiden
1 dec 2016:
Have my pup now at home and enjoy it, less time for the radio now (hi)
(Photo's) On the road to home (28 nov) - At my new home, lookin around at the backyard - Got the best place there is, better than the bench!
Just add a new item into my live.... This year was emotional, because have to say goodbay to my two dog girls. Both Scotties Sheepdogs (Collies) have reach old age and at the age of almost 15 years they are gone to heaven. But last week I adopted a new pup (3 weeks old), again a Scottish Collie, she is going to be my "Meissie" (her name) and at the end of november going to live with me.
Put in also a picture of my two old dogs (Kylie and Gina), photo taking in 2014 when the 3 of us made a Europian Tour, this was visiting Brest - Bretagne - France.
24 Juni 2016:
Very busy last months in trying to upgrade the VHF / UHF possibilitys, as in January this year a storm blew the temporary antennas to earth level. After that i had only an indoor antenne for those bands. So repared the Diamond V2000 vertical, this had three radials for 50 Mhz wich were broken. With help of my new bought Rig Expert AA230 Zoom (antenna-analyser), i find out that Diamond did not do bad in design, the antenna in his original state was doing better (144 & 430 Mhz) then with replace (50 Mhz) radials. Then i repared the mini Yagi design DK7ZB (5 elements 144 & 8 elements 430 Mhz), replaced the two elements wich were damaged for straight ones.
After that i started my project 50 & 70 Mhz, this with help of the info on the site of G0KSC abouth an 8el 50Mhz/70Mhz Dual band Yagi Antenna with a 2.08 Metre Length Boom (4 el 50 & 4 el 70 mHz). The design is also of DK7ZB and is not to big for my plans of getting it on air. Building this in the backyard and at a height of 2.5 meter already a QSO with Spain. So next was getting all of this above the roof level, to succeed was needed to make a fixation point for a small rotator, on the photo's you can see the results. Now waiting for nice conditions to get a kick of homebrew solutions. And with the left-over of alluminium, I made a small vertical beam, just 4 (2/2) elements for 144 and 430 Mhz. It's also a design of DK7ZB, 2 times driven element and 2 times a reflector, only one coax cable needed. Very good to working and recieving repeaters, but also helpfull to pull weak vertical signals above the noise level. I call them my DK7ZB collection.
Here below my current paper QSL, my old ones are all gone, so a new one was needed.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Dirk and my callsign is PA3FMP. I'm born in 1951(yes, that's me in B/W) and got my first licence (novice - PD0NWI) in 1983. The infection with the radiovirus i've got from my father in law and started in 1976 when i got married. We got a son 1984 and a daughter in 1986 (Elroy and Nikita), both having there own life now. My son and his wife have made me a proud grandfather, my grandson's name is Arend.
After 6 months as Novice i upgrade to a technical licence and became PE1JXK, then after passing the CW exam at the end of 1989, i've got my full licence (PA3FMP). During those years i build up my station and made my own 12 meter high tower, wich supported all kind of antennes during the years, but most succesfull ware the TH3jr from Hygain and the Alpha-Delta DXCC wire dipole. My rig's ware in the beginning a rebuild all-mode CB-transciever to 10 meter (12 watt) and a Yeasu FT480R for 2 meter. Later it became a Kenwood TS-680s (HF+6mtr) and after some years i sold the FT480R and i've got a Icom IC-706. I made a lot of home-brew equipment, such as power supply's, modems for RTTY - packet and SSTV, microphone unit wih build in call generator/compression/multi gear output/foot switch. Also a multimode transvertor for 70cm with poweramplifier wich was driven from the 10 mtr transciever. I was very active on SSTV and worked in that mode very good DX from here, like VK, ZL, Alaska and Hawaii.
Than at okt 1999 i've got a managers job and the hobby disappeared on the background. In 2001 my wife got sick and because we had 2 kids, there was no time left for a hobby. Then in 2009 the wife passed away, i spend all my time in my work. Early 2014 i retired, the kids ware married and having there own live, so there a had again time for the hobby's. I'm trying to build up my station again, but doing it step by step, i don't have the real DX spirit yet, but started with learning to understand what is changed in all those years.
At first i bought a MFJ-1786 magnetic loop and give it a place on the attic. Upgrades are coming step by step, some small, some big. Sold my TS680s and i'm now the proud owner of a Kenwood TS2000e for HF/VHF/UHF. For the lowerbands i put up a longwire antenne with a CG3000 ATU. Also bought a digital USB interface and i'm again active in digital modes, mostly with JT65 and JT9. Also having now a EchoLink account as PA3FMP / PA3FMP-R / PA3FMP-L and use it to connect ware my antennes can't reach.
New toy is a Icom IC7100, wich allow me to transmit on the 4 meterband. Not having a real DX-antenne, but with a 1/4 wave GPA the first DX made was Malta (9H1TB & 9H1CG)
Situation for antennes is not any more as before, but propagation condition are also not as in 1990. First impressions are good and with a bit of luck the world is again coming into my shack.
For all those who i have contacted in the past, hope to meet You someday again on the radio, i'll have still the slogan (PA3) For More Pleasure in mind when operating the radio.
73' from Dirk, the one and only PA3ForMorePleasure
Workings conditions today:
Kenwood TS-2000e - HF, 6mtr, 2mtr & 70cm
Icom IC7100 - HF, 6mtr, 4mtr, 2mtr & 70cm
Icom IC706 - HF, 6mtr & 2mtr
Antenne: Alpha Delta DX-B sloper - Longwire with ATU CG3000 - Magnetic Loop MFJ1786 - GPA's for 6, 4, 2 and 70cm and since this year my "DK7ZB collection" + Diamond V2000 on top.
On digital modes via 2x MicroHAM USB Interface III and built-in interface IC7100 (SSTV - BPSK31 - JT65 - JT9)
Active on the "new" mode JT65/JT9 with WSJT-X program, it's really a For More Pleasure mode! (4 feb 2015)
The "new" shack in the corner of my livingroom. (01 jan 2016)
The Loop on the top floor and some experimentel GPA's in the backgarden, above that the wire antennes.
Tower is needed some renovation, the Hygain rotator is not functioning anymore. The antennes are down, some are broken tru weather (heavy stormwind), but the Alpha Delta DXCC is repared and waithing for going on air. The Hygain TH3Jr is also okay, but need some new RVS-hardware. The TET 4el 6 mtr yagi is broken, just like the yagi's for 2mtr and 70cm.
Below: Situation around the year 1992
The "old" shack on the top floor of my house.
The drawingboard for antenne situation made around 1988 and below the "dream" made real.
My wife and the neighbours complains over birds in the tower and the things they left by flying away. Put an owl in the tower to prevent that, but i think he was to friendly, the birds returned within 2 days.
My proud collection of metal wich let me talk to the world, from top to bottom:
19 el Tonna for 70cm / 10 el Televes for 2mtr / 4 el TET for 6 mtr / 3 el Hygain-TH3JR for 10-15-20
AlphaDelta DXCC for 160 to 10mtr / sloping dipole for 10mtr / sloping dipole for 6mtr / 1/4 wave GPA's for 2 and 70
And then in memory of PA3FYO (on the right) who put me up with all;
He gave me first his daughter and later on the radio virus. Sadly he and my wife are passed away.
But like Elvis sung "They are always on my mind".. thanks PA3FYO - Ger
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