Back in the 70´ my interests changed from DX-ing on shortwave to VHF- / UHF- and SHF – propagation observation and technique. In 1975 I got the chance to use a little cottage on top of a beautiful mountain in JO51GO (former EU-Locator FL33b). This first-class location, a dream of every VHF-DXer, is about 700m (2.100ft) above sealevel and has a 360° free takeoff. With a couple of friends (DC2AI, DJ5AR, DK5AJ, DL3TY) we completely re-build the cottage and installed electrical power, heater, beds etc. With mostly homemade equipment I worked a lot of DX from there, using all kinds of propagations like Tropo, Sporadic E, Aurora, Meteor-Scatter and EME. Due to business reasons I had to give up this location in 1990.
Since 2014 I am again active on 144 MHz from my home location in JO51go, 340m asl.
Equipment for 144 MHz:
|Elecraft K3 + P3,
Trxv TR 144H +40
|Beko SSPA||14 El. (3.3 wl)|
|Status: QRT 08/2023|
Standings on 144 MHz:
|MHz||WW-Squares||DXCC||Continents||Longest distance [km]|
DXCC’s worked on 144 MHz:
Europe: 4U, 9A, 9H, C31, CT, CT3, CU, DL, E7, EA, EA6, EI, ER, ES, EU, F, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB9, HB0, I, IS0, LA, LX, LY, LZ, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, PA, S5, SM, SP, SV, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TK, UA, UA2, UR, YL, YO, YU, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB2.
DX: 3V, 4X, 5B, 5H, 7P8, A2, BA, BV, C8, CN, CX, CY9, CY0, D2, D4, EA8, EA9, EK, FG, FM, HS, JA, KP4, LU, PJ6, PY, TI, TR, UA9, V3, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, W, XE, YB, ZC4, ZL, ZS.
Map of EU/NA Squares worked on 144 MHz:
UG6AD – 2.881 km on 144 MHz vie Sporadic E (1989)
UA3TCF – 2.270 km on 144 MHz via high speed CW Meteor Scatter (1978)
W5UN – 8.478 km on 144 MHz via Earth-Moon-Earth, single Yagi and 2 x CW (1982)