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Long : 4.30664 E (004° 18' 24'' E)                              
Lat : 52.05249 N (52° 03' 09'' N)

QTH locator : JO22db
ITU Region 1
ITU Zone: 27
CQ Zone: 14
DXCC zone: 263

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Welcome to the PD3TRU & PC4Y webpage



Map showing my location in The Netherlands (Europe)


Glossary of terms of the above Solar-Terrestrial Data. In brief: High SFI (> 100) and low K (< 4) are providing for good HF DX conditions.

Number of countries (entities) worked

My career started as a wireless officer. I have done that from 1965 - 1974, serving on board freighters and passenger liners like the s/s Statendam and the (old) s/s Nieuw Amsterdam. So 'wireless' is rather familiar.

I did my N exam in 2011. My call sign then was PD3TRU. The first QSO with my legacy and vintage YAESU FT-7 was on april 23rd 2011 at 09:15 UTC with F8CSL. A memorable day to reach the middle of France with only 10 Watts in the antenna. It was my first QSO after I stopped being a 'sparks' 37 years ago. A true adrenaline boost. On March 5th 2014 I successfully passed my F exam. From here on my call sign is PC4Y. I have chosen PC4Y for a reason: my first ship I worked on as an independent R/O was the KNSM m/v ATTIS with call sign PCVY.  For nostalgia reasons I just added one dot to the V and made it a 4 in CW language. The button below gives access to the F study I did with the help of the VERON ham radio club and the very useful help from PA0WV.

F-exam issues 

Some four or five spots in the above map are incorrect, like the one in Alaska and the one in the Gulf of Guinea. Apparently these guys have their coordinates incorrect in their profile. It didn't help to adjust their locator coordinates afterwards.

Ask Dave

Clicking on the above button gives access to a series of interesting
HAM Radio topics and answers from Dave Kesler KE0OG

My logbook is updated in HamRadioDeLuxe with daily updates to LoTW,, eQSL, and QRZCQ. LoTW clearly gives the most QSL's but no QSL cards. eQSL gives nice electronic QSL cards and is giving disappointing results w.r.t. QSL's. Some figures: On 1 March 2017 I have made 5169 QSO's from both the PD3TRU and PC4Y call signs. I received 1692 QSL's from LoTW (32,7%), 1465 eQSL cards (28,4%) and 966 confirmed QSO's from (18%).

Some of my latest activities during the past months.Latest days now on top as per request from many visitors

Weekend 17/18 April 2021. Joined the CQDXMM contest for a few hours spread over the weekend. Conditions were somewhat better than during the MRD days. Made 52 QSO's mostly in the 20 meter band and a few in the 40 meter band. Africa, Asia and North America were included. Mostly Europe though.

Callsign Submission
Name Category
Country Software #
PC4Y 2021-04-18 22:41:06 BERT TRUMPIE CW SINGLE-OP ALL LOW NETHERLANDS Cabrillo 3.0 55

Wednesday 14 April and Thursday 15 April 2021. Enjoyed the Maritime Radio Day (MRD) remembering the tragic loss of the Titanic in 1912. Many lives were lost but also hundreds of lives were saved thanks to the use of radio communication, which was pretty new in those days. I met many ex R/O's in the ether, enjoying the company of many men and women serving the merchant marine providing for safety of lives at sea and round the clock communication with home if and when required.

Lfd Callsign OP Group Station Coast Ship Special Hams Total
183 PC4Y Bert - PC4Y 1 S/S "Nieuw Amsterdam"/PGGF 12 25 1 4 42

Only worked Europe by the way, no US MRD stations unfortunately. And I uploaded my log which resulted in the above results table row.

Sunday 4 April 2021. The final results of the Hungarian CW DX contest came in: I ended up #15 of the Dutch participants. One place higher than last year ☺.

Place Callsign QSO Point Mult Sum Point% Sum%
#15     PC4Y      78      282    42    11844 -4.4% -6.6%

Weekend 20/21 March 2021. Joined the Russian DX CW contest. And made some 75 QSO's in about 2 hours, spread over the two days. The bands worked are: 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters. It was a zoo, but it was nice to hear so many participants from around the globe.

Thursday 11 March 2021. Successfully participated in the ROA (Radio Officers Association) round in CW with MX0ROA / Mike as netcontrol. Tried many times before, but in previous cases the propagation was insufficient for a good QSO. There were some 15 or so participants. On 3565 kHz beginning on 19:00 zulu every Thursday evening.

My antennas and masts survived the gale earlier today. There were gusts with gale force 10. So my mast and vertical were sweeping like crazy, but no harm was done.

Wednesday 3 March 2021. Had an enjoyable VHF round with the PI4HAL crew. We do that every Wednesday morning at 09:00 UTC thru the PI3RTD repeater, switching to the PI3RAZ repeater the next week allowing echolink participants to join. Thereafter we had the daily Haaglanden round on 145,450 kHz simplex not using any repeater. Today we even had a QSO with someone in the province of Limburg which is in the far south of The Netherlands. Then in the early afternoon I lowered my antenna mast to extend it one meter, using an additional fibre mast section of which I have still a few spare. These are ex-defence masts that have become obsolete.

It is a cumbersome task as lowering the mast means the guy wires get all tangled up in the cypress tree nearby. That cypress tree has a function though as it hides the mast from being seen by the neighbours. And I have to get up to the roof of the barn to put that section on top. So my VHF/UHF/50MHz antenna is now higher up in the air and so is the midpoint of my G5RV. Anxious to know if it is an improvement.

In the evening I was told by PE2MOS I have gained 2 S points on his transceiver. So I guess it was worth it.

Tuesday 2 March 2021. Started to work with the maintenance of my outdoor antenna system. I lowered the far end section of the G5RV junior as the pulley by which I can hoist that antenna section had jammed caused by the branches of a nearby apricot tree. So I needed to cut away some branches to make it work again flawlessly. Tomorrow I need to extend my VHF/UHF antenna mast with an additional mast section of about one meter.

Weekend 27/28 February 2021. And of course I joined the UBA CW contest this weekend. But again a full agenda, so I only participated one hour here and one hour there. And I didn't work any Belgian stations. In the day time the 40 and 20 meter bands were open for DX, but the 80 meter band didn't work. And I had no time to work that band in the evening unfortunately. 80 meters in the evening would have been nice for working Belgium.

Weekend 20/21 February 2021. Participated in the ARRL CW DX contest where US/CAN stations are invited to work non-US/CAN stations and visa versa. I made (only) 45 QSO's spread over these two days. Mainly in the 20 meter band. One in the 40 meter band. Conditions were moderate.

Weekend 13/14 February 2021. Joined the PACC CW contest. I experienced poor conditions. Hardly any good US stations. So my tally was smaller than last year. But it was fun nevertheless. And my uploaded log was accepted. So I will probably end up last on the list

Monday 1 February 2021. Found a new flag in my tally: French Guiana:

I have made one QSO with this country, well know for the launch of the ESA rockets and satellites. I have been to the neighbouring country Surinam and (British) Guiana, but never to this French 'colony'.



Friday 29 January 2021. The UKEI CW contest results came in: I ended as follows:

#689 of the 1103 overall participants
#479 of the 729 EU participants
#344 of the 618 low power participants

Given the limited time I participated, I am not at all dissatisfied.

And the HA-DX contest results came also in:

Single Operator All Band CW Low Power

Place Callsign QSO Point Mult Sum
#17 PC4Y 81 295 43 12685

So I ended one place lower than last year: #17; last year: #16

Weekend 23/24 January 2021. Joined the UKEI CW contest and added 111 QSO's to my tally. These were made in the 20, 40 and 80 meter bands. Quite crowded and thus a challenge to find ones way between the often heavy QRM. It still appears to be a problem for many hams to listen first before sending. Anyway, it was nice and the log was uploaded without any hassle.

Wednesday 20 January 2021. The past week I successfully installed and worked some stations with JS8CALL. I also received my ordered MFJ464 CW keyer and reader which I ordered for tutor purposes. Unfortunately this keyer does not support a straight key with respect to showing the characters on the display. Everything worked fine with a paddle. Decoding CW from the transceiver also works fine. PA3GXB has suggested a modification that will facilitate a straight key. Eager to see if it works.

Weekend 16/17 January 2021. Joined the HA-DX contest. Made 81 QSO's spread over two days; one hour in the afternoon, half an hour in the evening and an hour the next morning. Bands: 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters. Only one QSO in the 15 meter band though. Heard nothing in the 28 meter band. In the other bands: lots of activity. Nice.

Monday 4 January 2021. Just finished a QSO with ZL1BBW in New Zealand, Northern Island. 18644 kilometres! RST 559/569. But clear signal. I just woke up and he went to bed ☺. And I added one DX to my tally. Total DX worked now 142.

Friday 4 December 2020. Further experiencing with Fusion. And the GM button on my FT-991A set. Entered my geographical position into my set as well and did some investigation on GPS modules, just in case I want to bring my set into the field. It seems the GY-NEO6MV2 could be a good and cost effective solution. It needs to be connected to the GPS/CAT interface (RS232) on the back of the set. And it requires 3.3 Volt.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 30 November, 1&2 December 2020. Experienced with Fusion, C4FM, WIRES-X, Rooms, hotshots and what have you. Learned many settings in my FT-991A. Learned to use the GM feature and made some QSO's with stations in either the same room or using the same repeater. Interesting. And oh.....I did indeed receive my Euro 80,-- cashback from Yaesu for the purchase of the FT991A. Great. Much appreciated.

Weekend 28/29 November 2020. CQ WW DX CW contest. Worked many stations in the 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meter bands. Mostly Europe and Eastern US stations, but also Cape Verde and Mid US stations. Also Morocco and Kazakhstan. The so called quick and dirty contest. RST+ CQ zone. Mostly stations working 35 wpm or more. Automated. Well it is nice to fill the logbook ☺. I made some 137 QSO's and passed the # 8,000 QSO's in my logbook since I started the hobby in May 2011.

Sunday 15 November 2020. Also joined the PA beker SSB contest from 09.00z till 10.00z. Only in the 80 meter band. Didn't hear that many stations or they didn't hear me. My antenna setup is not very well suited for that band unfortunately.

Saturday 14 November 2020. Joined the PA beker CW contest from 09.00z till 10.00z only in the 80 meter band. I heard no Dutch stations in the 40 meter band. Apparently they were all to close for that band at that time.

Saturday 31 October 2020. Have been familiarizing myself with the ins and outs of my new FT-991A transceiver. Especially the C4FM, WIRES-X, hotspots, reflectors acronyms and alike are new to me. Reading about WIRES-X I get the feeling it is in fact a proprietary Echolink system. And I have no intention to buy a 'hotspot' or anything else that is required to use WIRES-X as I am within reach of a C4FM/WIRES-X repeater (or reflector).

Monday 5 October 2020. The results of the Slovenia contest came in:

Thursday 1 October 2020. The HRDL issue has been resolved. Looking in the HRDL problem database I found the exact problem I have when I tried to open the HRDL logbook: 'The operating system is not presently configured to run this application', this must have been Murphy's law: at the same time I installed my FT-991A Windows apparently came with an update and removed the Microsoft Access Runtime. So initially I blamed the FT-991A for the problem, but not so as it turned out. I reinstalled the Access runtime and all worked fine again spot on. Thanks HRDL for the well documented problem database!

Tuesday 29 September 2020. Yesterday I collected my Yaesu FT-991A from Classis International in Roermond (Limburg). Unpacking a new transceiver always gives a thrill. The smell alone of new electronics is very satisfying. Today I started to install and configure the set. Made my first CW QSO in the 20 meter band with LZ3QE. I now have to enter all the VHF/UHF repeaters, but I have the ADMS-991A-U software, so it shouldn't be so cumbersome.

Above you can see the FT-991A next to my FT-450D. The Signalink is for the FT-450D; the FT-991A has its own soundcard.

This is the follow up of the FT-897 all mode, all band transceiver. However all band is not really true as the 70 MHz band isn't there and also the 23 cm band and above are not included of course.

Now I hope to live long enough to be able to eventually offer this set as a vintage FT-991A.

Connecting the set to Ham Radio de Luxe (HRDL) gave some problems in the beginning as HRDL didn't read the FT-991A frequency; instead it took the frequency of the FT-450 (that wasn't even connected I thought). In the end it worked, but now HRDL doesn't want to open the logbook. It also doesn't want to open the logbook with the FT-450, more over; without any set connected it doesn't open the logbook anymore. So that is an issue. The plan now is to reinstall HRDL and if that doesn't do the job I can uninstall HRDL and start from the beginning. But I don't know what data gets lost when HRDL is uninstalled, so that is a risky operation.

Monday 21 September 2020. Made a reservation for the YAESU FT-991A at Classic International. Delivery expected somewhere in October. Not that I am unsatisfied with my current YAESU FT-450D, but I sometimes need a digital mode on VHF/UHF, or CW / SSB. And the FT-450D only goes up to 50 MHz. My FT-7900 only does FM, so that is why my choice was made for the FT-991A. Additional advantage: it will be easier to automatically log VHF/UHF QSO's in HamRadiodeLuxe. So I will get an e-mail when the unit comes in. Unfortunately the YAESU cashback of Euro 80,-- ends in September. Well you can't have them all can you?

Weekend 19/20 September 2020. Joined the SAC CW contest. Poor conditions on Saturday. Sunday was much better. Initially I only heard Finnish stations in the 20 meter band. Later in the 40 meter band also some Swedish and Danish stations. Oh.....and Iceland on Sunday in the 20 meter band. It was fun again. And the Cabrillo file was uploaded successfully. And in the late evening of Sunday I had an exceptional DX QSO on the 2 meter band with Ipswich in the UK. Through the PI2NOS repeater, but still.........

Tuesday 15 September 2020. Returned from my summer holiday. Now ready to go on air again. But this morning the bands seem very quiet apart from the digital mode sections.

Sunday 23 August 2020. Worked a few Lighthouses, even one in Austria (OE4XMF/LH) in the 20 meter band. The others were on VHF and in the Netherlands.

Saturday 1 August 2020. Briefly joined the EUHFC contest. Made (only) 46 QSO's but across all the HF bands

Following contest log(s) were accepted!

Log filename








 Wednesday 29 July 2020. The UBA CW DX contest results came in:

Place Contest Mode Year Category Call QSOs Score
267 UBA DX Contest CW 2020 Single Operator All Band Low Power PC4Y 63 3624

#267 was worldwide. It was #22 for the Netherlands.

Tuesday 28 July 2020. A new visitor of my website: New Caledonia.

Nice flag!

Monday 27 July 2020. The HA-DX results came in:

#16 of the Dutch participants and # 228 of the European participants and # 251 of the worldwide participants. Nothing spectacular, but it is a nice award.

Saturday 18 July 2020. Participated in the Russian Radio Team Championship (RRTC) for an hour or so. Made (only) 32 QSO's spread over the 28, 21 and 14 MHz bands. It was fun.

Tuesday 14 July 2020. Sporadic E layer opening for the 50 MHz band. I had a 59 USB QSO with IS0BSR on the island of Sardinia. Great!

Weekend 11 and 12 July 2020. Participated in the IARU HF CW contest. Only a few hours spread over the two days. Made 109 QSO's, mostly within Europe though. Conditions still are moderate. Uploaded the Cabrillo log successfully.

Weekend 13 and 14 June 2020. Joined the GACW (SA) contest this weekend. Had hoped to make more SA QSO's, but I ended up making only two QSO's with Brazil. In total only 35 QSO's, mostly in Europe. Only in the evening of Saturday I heard SA stations. It was nice nonetheless.

Sunday 7 June 2020. Only made 38 QSO's during the STAYHOME contest as available time again was limited. Uploaded the Cabrillo file successfully.

Saturday 6 June 2020. Joined the STAYHOME contest at 12:00 zulu. Worked the 10, 15 and 20 meter bands in CW. It is not very busy, but nice nonetheless. Am using the Allasian log in N1MM as one needs to add his or her age. Do get the remark though with every entry, I should add only Asian stations. Well, we will see what the Cabrillo file will look like tomorrow.

Friday 22 May 2020. I must admit I am fascinated by the WSPR technology. Today I 'worked' the 10 meter band (28 MHz) on 28,124,600 MHz with 1 watt and had the result - as shown below -  in only half an hour.

Thursday 21 May 2020. In the late evening I worked FY5FY in French Guyana in the 30 meter band!  Great opening, but also quite an antenna ☺ I passed the 140 countries worked and also passed the 7,500 QSO's.

And the REF contest 2020 results came in:

Place Indicatif QSO Multi Scorefinal Catégorie Réduction

394    PC4Y     26      20     520          SOAB         8,28%

Tuesday 19 May 2020. The WSJT-X programme for e.g. FT8 also includes the WSPR (whisper) mode which I gave a try yesterday and also on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

Using 5 Watt in the 50 MHz band I was heard by Great Britain, Italy, Canary Islands, France and Belarus. What a clever development of modulation and programming.

Saturday 16 May 2020. So I have had my first experiences with FT8. Nice programme. I see lots of DX calls passing by in my 'band activity' window. But so far I have only been able to QSO European stations. So no real DX so far. I understand I should work with (very) low power. But for the QSO's I have been able to make I used 30 watt PEP, which as far as I understand the manual is actually not done. Well......I will keep on trying to make calls with << 10 watt. It is quite busy on that FT8 frequency in the 20 meter band (14.074 MHz) so this mode apparently has attracted quite a few hams. I don't think it will become my favourite. All you do is a few clicks on the mouse. I am pleased to see it is working in my environment (shack) and I find it a fantastic technology, but that is it probably. It may be fun for DX hunting though, but in my case even that didn't work out so well yet

Thursday 14 May 2020. Today I have spent some time on getting the digital modes to work on my system. With Ham Radio de Luxe I use the DM780 sub programme for the digital modes and a few years ago I had it all working. Then I got my self a new PC and reinstalled HRdLuxe. Over the years HRdLuxe had quite a few updates and upgrades and every time I tried the digital modes to work it somehow just didn't do the job and I left it. It is not that I am a great enthusiast for digital modes, but it just feels good to have it available. I use the Signalink USB as the additional soundcard and put my FT-450 in USB mode and tune in on the 20 meter band around 14.070 MHz and up. I see the waterfall, hear (see) some stations calling CQ but they don't hear me, whilst I see a carrier output. Somewhere deep in my memory I recall my transceiver should be in both USB and DATA mode. But when I select the DATA mode, the transceiver jumps to LSB. Time for the manual. And there I see I should change a setting in the menu called D-type. Selecting D-type I see it is in RTTY mode where it should be in USER-U mode. And then oh wonder I had an immediate QSO in PSK-31. Don't know how the setting apparently was changed. I must have done it myself I guess because no one else has access to my set. Well...all is well that ends well. Also made some macro changes in the messages just to make it more personal. It feels good to be back in digital, although I still will mostly be working in CW.

Then I installed JS8CALL and configured it for my transceiver. JS8CALL might eventually be used by DARES, so I want to familiarize myself with it. I think I have it working, but have not been able to make a QSO yet. Still need to figure out where the received messages appear.

And now that I seem to be in digital modes all of a sudden, I also installed WSJT-X for e.g. FT8 mode and made some QSO's. Logged one QSO with Turkey in the HRD logbook and hence into LotW, QRZ and eQSL. Must learn about all the ins and outs still.

The ARISS tracker

Real-time position Space Station

Real time tracker

The following frequencies are currently used for Amateur Radio ISS contacts (QSOs):    Voice and SSTV Downlink: 145.800 (Worldwide)
    Voice Uplink: 144.490 for ITU Regions 2 and 3 (The Americas, and the Pacific and Southern Asia)
    Voice Uplink: 145.200 for ITU Region 1 (Europe, Russia and Africa)
    VHF Packet Uplink and Downlink: 145.825 (Worldwide)
    UHF Packet Uplink and Downlink: 437.550
    UHF/VHF Repeater Uplink: 437.800
    UHF/VHF Repeater Downlink: 145.800

Expedition 64 crew members

Kate Rubins
Victor Glover
Soichi Noguchi
Sergey Ryzhikov
Michael Hopkins
Shannon Walker
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov

Get to know the space station


  Some pictures of my shack

Radioshack information: Registration number at Dutch Administration: 6629107.
Above pictures are from May 2011 onwards.

G5RV junior, best suitable for 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter bands with an external ATU and ATU extender, sloping dipole. Highest point apporox. 10 meters. Lowest point: 4 meters.
Diamond V-2000 vertical for VHF/UHF (6 m, 2 m and 70 cm) usage. Height of the antenna: approx. 10 meters.
Diamond X30N VHF/UHF (2 meter and 70 centimeter) antenna for field work.
MFJ-1768 Yagi for the 2 meter and 70 cm bands, also for field work.
MFJ1022, active indoor antenna for receive only.

ATU and other auxilliary equipment:
MFJ 925 autotuner, MFJ 914 auto tuner extender.
Tigertronics SignaLInk USB to connect the audio from FT-450 to PC and vice versa. For digi modes.
SWR meter
TNC-X modem for Winlink usage
SignaLink USB for Digi modes
Dummy HF antenna
K-PO power unit
13.8 Volt distribution panel  MFJ-1128
West Mountain Radio PWRgate PG40S, allowing automatic battery backup when regular power fails.
90Ah GEL battery system with USB, Neutrik and Anderson Powerpole connectors.

Ham Radio de Luxe with DM780 software for transceiver control (CAT), logging and digimodes version
N1MM for contests
Winlink 2000
RMS (Radio Mail Server)

Transceiver (RIG):

max. output: 100 Watt
All amateur bands, incl WARC and (modified for) all maritime bands
CW, SSB, PSK31, FM and C4FM on VHF and UHF incl. 28 MHz and 50 MHz.

output: 5 Watt
VHF/UHF, 144 MHZ and 430 MHz amateur bands.

hand held for 2 meter maritime, 2 meter amateur and 70 cm amateur bands.
Output 8 Watt
FM and FM Radio bands.

YAESU FT-7900 dualband (2m and 70 cm) transceiver
modes: FM and AM.
Output 50 Watts (2 meter) and 45 Watt (70 cm)
Attached to my TNC-X packet modem to work with Winlink (Paclink) thru the PI8HGL RMS on 144.850 MHz. Try me on

vintage YAESU FT-7
max. output: 10 Watt
bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
CW, USB and LSB only.

Extra receiver:
Vintage SAILOR R-104
MW, LW and SW 80 and 160 meter bands
AM, A1, A2 and USB only.

Straight CW keys (Junker and Kent), a Begali paddle and a HAM Gadgets Master Keyer MK-1 complete the ability to use Morse during the QSO's. Click here for the CQ serenade

HomeI am a member of the PI4HAL association and work the on board radio-station mostly one day per week, using a Yaesu FT-897, an ICOM-271, ICOM-765, a Skanti and/or a Yaesu FT-1000. The station is on board the former cruise ship s/s Rotterdam and is now a hotel/museum ship operated by WestCord hotels.We have a team of about 10 operators and 5 technicians. We are still looking for more operators as it is our ultimate goal to operate the shack every day of the week. So if you are interested please don't hesitate to visit the PI4HAL site (click on the logo at the left) and send an email. Or you can send me an e-mail. HERE you get access to the PI4HAL newsletters (in Dutch).

I also joined the DARES foundation in 2011 and have already done quite a few field tests. I am part of a so called SIGCO team.


Free counters!





Why is a ship called she ? A ship is called a "she'' because there is always a great deal of bustle around her. There is usually a gang of men about, she has a waist and stays. It takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking. It is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep. She can be all decked out. It takes an experienced man to handle her correctly. Without a man at the wheel, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys. When you see her lying at the berth, you are proud of her like she is your attractive girlfriend.

          me in the shack     | Gerard in the museum | Wil and Karel at the antenna's

Announcement from Agentschap Telecom:

On 3 December 2015 at 00:00 hrs the 60 meter band became available for Dutch hams.

As per 1 April 2017 significant limitations have become effective though.


15 watt e.i.r.p.




So the usage of the band is now limited to between 5,351.5 MHz and 5,366.5 MHz with a max power of 15 Watt EIRP. We used to have the band from 5,350 MHz to 5,450 MHz with 100 Watt PEP. So I don't think this band is still very attractive for DX. The full legislation can be read HERE (in Dutch). Want to know how much EIRP is in relation to PEP? HERE you can find the calculator.

On Tuesday 24 November 2015 I saw Andorra station C37N had confirmed our QSO in LoTW completing my 100 DX count in my DXCC Award tally from ARRL LoTW. So I have applied for 'the Certificate'. See below.

New LoTW QSLs LoTW QSLs in Process DXCC Credits Awarded Total
Mixed 0 0 100 100 100

At the beginning of this year 2015 I had hoped to achieve this goal this year and so I did even well before the end of the year. Of course most of the credit goes to the hams who have confirmed our QSO's in LoTW. Thanks YL's and OM's.

My chances of getting a 200 DXCC credit Award are small as I have worked most of the DX's I can reach with my current station set up. But who knows? Writing 1 March 2021, I have 121 DXCC's though as a few QSO's from quite some time ago have recently been confirmed, like Bermuda, Cuba, Albania, Ceuta and Melilla, Uruguay and San Marino. So I am still adding to my list. Like the one from ITU HQ.

In addition to the 100 DX list, the latest 21 additions are:

DXCC Entity Mixed

 The following Dutch call signs are also listed in the ARRL tally for 100 DXes worked.


On the top of the list is 4X4DK who has worked 394 DX entities! I wonder though how that can be as ARRL says they have listed 'only' 340 DX entities. Wim PA0WV explained me how: in time quite a few entities have disappeared (like e.g. the DDR) and others emerged.


See above video to learn more about DX-ing.

Lesson to learn and use Morse code:


Much to my surprise I received a 'worked 100 grid squares' award on my old call sign: PD3TRU, which I have not been using since March 2014. The big black dot in the lower left corner is in fact a golden 'Certified QRZ authentic' stamp that my scanner wasn't able to reproduce apparently J.

Image of QSL card with burning ship ms Prinsendam

Click on this picture about the engine room fire on board the m/s Prinsendam/PJTA and the rescue of well over 500 passengers and crew on 4 October 1980 in the stormy Gulf of Alaska. It still took a week for the ship to sink beyond salvage. Listen to the MP3 audio file with the SOS transmissions starting with the transmission of 12 long dashes of 4 seconds each (twice) to activate the Automatic Alarm Systems which ships had installed those days giving an alarming chime in both the radio room and the bridge during times the R/O was off duty. See also this article. I remember to have sailed under captain Wabeke when he was a first officer on the s/s Nieuw Amsterdam/PGGF (/PJRS when under the Antillian flag). There is now also a new book, written by Matthieu Oosterwijk:

PC4Y as a rookie R/O on board s/s Nieuw Amsterdam (1969)

Click HERE for ancient Morse transmissions from various coastal stations

All about decibels:


CW Forever


  • You must have at times,
    Thought into the past,
    Where some things go out
    While others last
    What comes to my mind is
    The old Morse code,
    That has weathered the storms
    From any abode.
  • To talk with ones fingers
    Is surely an art,
    Of any info you
    Care to impart,
    In most conditions
    The signals get through,
    While the same about phone
    Is simply not true.
  • Those dits and dahs
    Cut through the trash,
    Of near by noise or
    Lightning's crash.
    To the sensitive ears
    Of the hams receiver,
    Who records this data
    With ardent fever.
  • He knows he's doing
    Something unique,
    (in such poor conditions,
    That's quite a feat)
    To roger the message
    That came off the air,
    These brass pounders
    Sure do have that flair
  • They say Morse ops
    Are a dying breed,
    But don't despair,
    There's always that need,
    That when conditions get rough
    for the new automation,
    Be rest assured,
    There'll be need for your station.
  • CW is dying?
    Believe it never,
    This mode will be 'round
    Forever and ever.
    But one thing is sure,
    What we really need,
    Is to relay our knowledge
    To the younger breed.
  • To carry the torch,
    Long after we're gone,
    To send Morse code
    Through the air like a song.
    When at last,
    Silent keys pull that lever,
    We can rest in peace,
    It's CW forever.




Written by:
Jim Hatherley, WA1TBY (SK)

A promo video about HAM radio. Made in 2014 by VERON. In Dutch. But pictures speak for themselves.

Every now and then I get the question: 'what is the fun of a contest ?' 'It is often not much more then a quick exchange of some data and then on to the next one'. Well to be honest, this is what I thought in the beginning as well. But let me try to summarize the fun:

  1. There is a lot more activity in the air than usual. If you ever doubt if there are still hams around: listen to the radio during a contest.
  2. It is an art to distinguish the various stations from one another when they are tumbling over each other. They cannot help it really because when you participate in a contest and pick a frequency say in the 20 meter band, you cannot hear your fellow hams in the same region in that band.
  3. It is a nice addition to your logbook. In one weekend or one day you can easily add a hundred (or a thousand) QSO's in your log and receive many eQSL cards (and/or hard copies).
  4. You hear stations you have never worked before.
  5. It is nice to notice so many stations actually hear you! It proves your setup is working fine.
  6. Often a plaque is provided that can decorate your shack.
  7. A multi operator contest in e.g. a club station is adding to the fun as you meet fellow hams.

Of course there are also some reasons why NOT to join the contest:

  1. Lack of time. A contest often runs a whole weekend (48 hours) or a whole day (24 hours). If you cannot join the contest during a couple or hours, you are missing some of the fun, like # stations worked or # increasing exchange number. This is the main reason for me NOT to join a given contest.
  2. Lack of experience. Well this is not really an excuse as you can only build up experience by doing it.
  3. Contests that require a serial number (exchange number). It can be de-motivating to hear a station giving a serial number up in the hundreds, where you just fired up your system and starts with 001.
  4. Bad conditions, like an Asian contest or Oceanic contest, where the stations can hardly be heard (in my region).
  5. Nobody hears you. Can be due to poor conditions or your own system setup. Remember: the antenna is much more important than the transmit power.

In addition there is a major choice one has to make: do you wish to send out the CQ, or do you wish to respond to the CQ's. Of course you can also decide to do both. But the operating practise differs somewhat between the two options. The option to respond to a CQ is far more relaxed than the option to send the CQ as many stations will then try to make contact with you, often causing lots of QRM. If you want to go for the highest scores you'd better send out the CQ yourself. The advantage to send out the CQ yourself is you can remain on the same frequency or have to change frequency only a few times, whereas if you respond to a CQ you will have to work the whole band in every band.

It would be interesting to hear other reactions. So don't hesitate to contact me: