Amateur Radio History of DL7BC
March 19th, 1974
Beginning of my shortwave career, when I for the first time identified
a radio station on the HF bands of my fathers' radio - Radio HCJB,
the Voice of the Andes from Quito, Ecuador.
I couldn't believe to hear stations
from so far, but an incoming QSL proved that indeed I was listening
to a station from South America. From that day on I became a BCL.
The first radio for SSB reception,
a Sony ICF 5900 W, later replaced by a ICF 6800 W, gave me access
to the ham radio world. It was fascinating (and still it is ...).
The basis for CW was laid, when I
joined the army - of course in a signal batallion. Later changed
to a HF RTTY platoon.
I become member of DARC, local club
F62 Buedingen, for the time being just as SWL DE8FAC.
June 29th, 1985
I run my first QSO under my (intermediate
VHF-) call DD2FM.
October 3rd, 1985
After upgrading, the first QSO under
my final (HF-) call DL4ZBC was run.
March 17th, 1997
Start of my activities on the Magic
Band, after getting a temporary permission to work on 50 MHz (German
authorities at this time didn't open this fine band to everybody,
only a limited number of permissions had been issued in a kind of
lottery. Today the Magic Band is free for all licences class A,
still with some restrictions however).
April 1st, 2001
After moving from my old QTH near
Frankfurt to the south-western part of DL, I became member of
the local DARC club AØ5 Freiburg
July 27nd, 2004
Never say "final"... Hesitating for a long time, I applied for a new, shorter
and hopefully better-to-log call, which was granted to me that day: DL7BC
Since my equipment always - compared
to other stations - has been quite simple, I may not be found
in too many logs.
Usually I worked on the HF-bands in
the beginning with a good old ATLAS 210X, later with an ICOM IC
726 (100W) and since the beginning of 2006 with an IC 746 (100W as well).
For portable use - especially when operating from abroad - I added
an IC 7000 in 2007. Since 2015 I own a Kenwood TS 590SG, beginning
2018 a solid state power amplifier model RF-Power HVLA1K3+ from
Italy completes the equipment. During the summer season, the IC
746 serves as 6m station in the AØ5 clubhome.
Antennas, due to limited space
and/or just rented flats, have been GPAs or dipoles / G5RVs for
shortwave and a 4-element for 50 MHz. Now, I am using the
antennas of our club station DKØFR, or during
portable operations a 3-band-Spiderbeam, a 3-Band-Quad, wire
dipoles or various vertical wire antennas.
My equipment on 144 MHz
from the beginning in 1985 on was the also good old 10 Watt IC
245E, mostly run barefoot or with a 40 Watt linear in contests from various places in Germany, France, Italy and Luxemburg with antennas up to 2 x 13 elements. The IC 746 allows me to operate with 100W without any additional PA.