My activity as a Radio Amateur


Some history...

Somehow my interest about radio comes from my childhood. Those days I was already fascinated by listening to international broadcasters on the old tube radio of my grandmother and trying "strange" antennas in order to improve the range of my "walkie-talkie". Anyway, let's say that I officially began in 1983 when I got my VHF license (EB6KU).

Although it took me some years to get ready on my own for VHF DX'ing, I used to participate in the VHF contests with the Radio Club Mallorca team (EA6RCM). We had little experience and few equipments but a lot of willpower and effort. Without any doubt my interest about the VHF was born those days.

Later I shared the activity on HF and VHF for some years, moving finally to the last one for many years. As an anecdote I remember that the first station I heard with my own station (144-28 transverter and collinear antenna) was SV1OE by sporadic-E on June 1985. An encouraging beginning, without doubt !.

The experiences I remember the most are those related to portable operations. I specially remember the National UHF contest in 1984 when I operated, together with EA6JD, EA6UV and EA6UW, from "puig Galatzo", a 1025 m. high mountain that can only be climbed by foot. We spent a week moving the material day after day, including a 2.5 KW. generator, an FT-902 as IF for the transverter and two 20 elements Yagis. We didn't win the contest, but the experience was unforgettable.

There are also difficult to forget the first big tropo and sporadic-E openings. I was fascinated with their charm and how easy was to work so far away stations with so little working conditions (10 W and 11 elements).

I was soon interested about Meteor Scatter. Many times I tried to listen on random, but without success. I suppose that because due to the lack of preamplifier and mainly of information. Even so I made a program for the ZX-81 in order to be able to transmit QRQ and I came out on the European VHF net for the first time in order to get some skeds. There I found, in general, many HAM's that helped and supported me with my first tests. Finally and using a "mechanically-braked" tape I completed my first skeds with DK2PR on January 1986.

Regarding the Moon Bounce on 144 MHz, although I had heard some stations via the moon, I didn't try any QSO till I got a good power amplifier. On January 21st, 1991 I called W5UN with a single Yagi, but without an answer. The day after I got a phone-call from an EA6 HAM passing me a message from Dave telling he had heard me perfectly well but that he had had problems to reply. One week after we made the QSO very easily. From that moment on I began to plan to be regularly active with an array. I want to thank the support I got from EA2LU and EA3DXU at that time. In 1992 I had a 4x17 Tonna array with which I was regularly active, giving the chance to work a new country to many stations around the world. In 1994 I set up an array of 8x17 M2 that I used till Nov-2001 when it was destroyed in a wind storm. In Oct-2004 I set up a new array, similar to the former (8x17 M2 5WL), but making it more robust and slightly improving the gain. With this array I currently can work stations as small as a single long Yagi and 50 W in JT65B and with some more power even in CW.

Regarding 50 MHz, in 1992 I got one of the first permissions to operate in this band in EA. Little after I set up a 6 el. Cushcraft antenna on top of the HF antenna and with this system I worked 146 DXCC until 2009, when I replaced the 6m antenna by a larger 6M9HKW, alone in the tower.

My first tests on 23 cm. were during the summer of 1989. In this band any QSO is very exciting from Mallorca, if you take into account that the closer stations are more than 200 Km. away (a real DX). Without doubt, one of the most exciting moments in my live was when I heard from JM19QS the CW signal from YT3WW on 1296.100 MHz via tropo. confirming my reception, in one of the first ever QSO (if not the first) between EA6 and YU on that band.

In 2014 I replaced the old tower that was holding the 6m antenna and in the new tower I added a 5 band (10-20m) 10 el, EAntenna 59+, which is giving me excellent results and many new ones on the HF bands.  I also added wire dipoles for the lower bands.

Since then I have had the chance to meet many VHF DXers and it has always been a good opportunity to share impressions about our common hobby.

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My activity nowadays

My QTH for radio is an old farm in the middle of Mallorca, 35 Km. away from the city of Palma. The main advantage of this QTH is the fact that the closest neighbour is more than 500 meters away, and there is no TVI problems at all, and the main disadvantage is the high electric noise level of the area. One of the bigger transformer stations in the island with several power lines of 220 KV. is less than 1 Km. away. Depending of the power consumption and atmospheric conditions the noise can be up to S9+10, making impossible any traffic. Apart from that it is not specially good for tropo except from 10 to 45 degrees where I have a very good takeoff.

My working conditions now are:

I also have a modest station at my home in the city of Palma. 12 el. M2 for 144 MHz and 27 el. M2 for 432.

I am currently regularly active on 6 meters (as EH6VQ till mid July 2006) , 2 meters Moon-Bounce and in the HF bands. Skeds for 144 MHz EME and MS can be requested sending me an E-Mail

I am also the Vice-president of the Radio Club Mallorca (EA6RCM). The main independent radio club of the Balearic Islands founded in 1979. If you are interested to visit our club have a look at our location on the map.

Do you have a directional antenna, a 2m SSB transceiver with 50 W output and a PC?

If your answer is YES then, believe it or not, you are capable of making a QSO with EA6VQ (and other stations) using the Moon as a reflector. Click here to know how.


Awards

These are just a few of main radio awards I have received:


5 Band DXCC
Actually 11 band

144 MHz DXCC 50 MHz DXCC Mixed DXCC

 

 
1.8 MHz DXCC


IOTA VHF


IOTA 300 HF
 

 


144 MHz WAC


50 MHz WAC


5 Band WAC

144 MHz WAS

 


100 EA CW


CIA Oro CW


CIA Oro Phone


CIA Oro Mixed

 


EA DX 100 50 MHz


EA DX 100 CW


EA DX 100 Phone


EA DX 100 MIXED

 


Locator EA 144 MHz


Locator EA 50 MHz


TTLOC 144 MHz


TTLOC 50 MHz

 

 


TTLOC EME


TTLOC MS

TTLOC HF
 


QSL card Policy

My QSL card policy is very clear and it is always based on following rules:

  1. I only send QSL cards in advance for special QSO (New countries, grids, etc).
  2. QSL cards received via the buro are always returned via the buro as soon as I can process them. (Always within the year)
  3. QSL cards received direct are returned depending on the following:
  4. I also regularly upload my log to Clublog and LoTW

You could be interested to watch my personal comparison table of QSL managers.

 
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#1 - CE5VKK - 05/Jun/2014 - 22:25
ME INICIE EN EL MUNDO DE LA RADIOAFICION EN EL AÑO 1995 EN LA CIUDAD DE CONCEPCION CHILE MI CIUDAD NATAL LUGAR DONDE HASTA LA FECHA ES MI RESIDENCIA CON UNA ACTIVIDAD RADIAL ACTIVA ,PARTICIPANDO EN RETRANMISIONES DE BOLETINES DE FEDERACHI LOS DOMINGOS A LAS 11:00 DE HF A VHF VIA ECHOLINK ,ATRAVES DE LA SALA DE CONFERENCIA SUR,ADEMAS DISFRUTO DEL BUEN DX EN LAS BANDAS ALTAS ,20,15,10 MTS.

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