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Welcome on my webpage.

On this page I want to tell something about myself and how I make my hobby. I have chosen not to put to much technical information on this site you could find somewhere else on the web, but just information what depend on my station. Just look around on this page. You also find some links to 3 other pages of this web site with my antenna and tower information, and one page with some qsl cards. All complete with a photo gallery. Also a link to my guestbook. Please if you will, you might sign my guestbook. I appreciate that a lot. ----------------------73’ Andre

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The history of PD0PZR.

This story goes back from the year 1960 till 1970.
I was born in the year 1959 in the big city of Rotterdam. So around the year 1968 I will start with electrical, to made a receiver called “little jam jar receiver”. It was just the name, it wasn’t made in a jar. I made this receiver with the well-known Amroh coil, a OA81 diode, some resisters and a very long wire antenna. How surprised I was when I could listen to the radio and received AM broadcast stations without any battery. The strongest station I could listen to was a pirate station called Radio Noordzee International, transmitting from a ship in the North Sea, the Mebo 2. That time my radio interest was born. Quickly, a earphone was not enough and I decided to make a amplifier for this radio receiver so I could listen in my bedroom to the radio by a loudspeaker. Thus I have some knocked together that time. The next serious project, a few years later, when I was about twelve or thirteen years old, the FM Broadcast frequency seems to be popular. I decided to make a FM transmitter. That time you could find me most of the time into the library to watch technical information. The first FM- transmitter was made. Transistors I used were AC126 and AF128, after all I bought the microphone at the marketplace. And look, it works! Completely instable but enough for at least 500 meter distance, with an antenna who wasn’t made for a special frequency, but it doesn’t matter. And it was illegal, but that wasn’t my problem, I didn’t know (hi). The frequency between 100 and 108 MHz are not used that time so we could use it as a pirate station. In the years 1975 / 1980 this 100MHz will be very popular also for me. Not even for bringing music, just for make contacts with other 100MHz (pirate) stations in the whole country, Germany and Belgium. I was very active at that time. The sky was the limit and so the HF power. Nothing was enough. The first amplifier was just a MRF 238, but the end was a amplifier 2 x 4cx250B. Enough to make 1Kw. The standard FM broadcast receivers became a modification into the mf, to make them more selective.
I could practise this hobby without any problems, the (communicate) authority were not interest in me and my illegal hobby.
Everything we used was home made because nothing was to buy in the shop, or it was sold from a other radio amateur.
In the early years ’90, the local en regional Broadcast stations took a place into the 3 meter band and this was the beginning of the end from 100-108MHz pirate stations. Most of them went to a other (pirate)band in the uhf frequency, 480Mhz, and so I did. Just low power in audio and video transmission.
I decided to go for my ham licence in the year 1989 and from that time I have my call sign PD0PZR. In the beginning just for 2 meter, 144Mhz, later, around 1995 also for vhf 70cm. I was very active with packet radio as a little node station, 1k2 and 4k8. After the big bang (=internet start) nobody works packet anymore, and also 2 meter is very inactive since that time.
After a long break, because a serious illness, I took the hobby again in the years 2005.
Now, 2006 we can also operate in the HF frequency 10, 20 and 40 meter bands as well, so we picked up the hobby again.

One step forward, springtime 2007, I have to replace all my antennas and also change the complete tower because of the hf antenna. How some works, you can find it on my website. Just click the link “antenna renovation 2007” somewhere on this page.

Again one year later, 2008, I decided to change my 3 element Fritzel for a 3 element SteppIR antenna. How I made it, you can see on my website. Just click at the end of this page on the SteppIR link.


Amateur related connection:

Veron Zendamateur Startpagina Buienradar World Wide ham-callbook
VRZA Zendamateurs-Startkabel Introducing EchoLink Int. ham prefix list
Agentschap Telecom Eqsl.cc Wikipedia qrz.com
    Chat site voor (zend)amateurs  

 

 

1993 In the year 1993 it was necessary to put a new tower, after recovering the roof of my apartment. If you watch the pictures you can see how we bring the antennas to the top.
With the coexistence of Auke-Jan, PE1NWV(in front of picture 1), and Frank PE1NSV(sk) in the top off the pylon. During some years this pylon is set with more antennas and other communication stuff, but now, 2006 -2007, the pylon must be down for renovation and new antennas for HF. I hope , summer 2007, it will be finished.

 
 

Antenna maintenance 2007

Finally this summer, we placed the new tower and antennas. It was a hell off a job to overcome some mechanical problems. But the result may be clear and good.

With all the helping hands from friends, especially John, PD2JVD.

When you make a mouse click here, you get a photo impression.

 

Antenna maintenance 2008 - 2016

This year Ii had the opportunity to change the Fritzel FB33 for a SteppIR antenna.
Even some results after 2 years at the end of the same webpage. A complete report of all the work we had to do, and the first results, you can find it on my site here.

2012: Hygain AV640.

The old Fritzel GPA 404 must make room for a new AV640, after years of good work. Also with some negative experience. The new AV640 has a lenght of almost 8 meter, including the footclamb 10.50 meter. Building this antenna, you can see the story here.

(This new english page is just building up now. Pictures shows on de dutch site version only)

(AV640 not available anymore)

Received QSL 8

This is just a little selection of my QSL cards from worked stations.

 

Take a look to some off my cards here.

 

MY QSL

 

Why just qsl by your qsl manager. Why not using Eqsl.cc. by Email. It goes faster and more flexible. Let you inform by Eqsl.cc. For more information you should click the link above. On that page you can also register your call sign. If you do so, you are directly one off the 10.000 or more users off Eqsl.cc.
For a little donation you get a special membership with some more options for your own qsl card design.

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My complete logbook here.

update:December 16, 2016(no contest qso's)

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update: December 20, 2016(no contest qso's)

 

Photo overview shack PD0PZR
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----------Receivers----------
25MHz / 2000MHz IC- R7100 ICOM   SSB-AM-CW-FM-FMW

 

----------Transceivers----------
UHF / VHF FT5100 YAESU 5 / 40 WATT FM
HF/VHF/UHF TS2000 KENWOOD 1 / 100WATT ALL-MODE
UHF / VHF C500 STANDARD 1 / 5 WATT FM
HF + 6MTR IC7700 ICOM 1 / 200WATT ALL MODE

 

----------Amplifier----------
VHF HOMEMADE NOT IN USE 25 WATT FM
VHF HOMEMADE NOT IN USE 1 / 25 WATT FM
UHF HOMEMADE NOT IN USE 10 WATT FM

 

----------Antennas----------
HF DIPOOL FULL SIZE HOMEMADE 2X10MTR 40 MTR
UHF FX7073 FLEXA 23EL 15,8dB (5mtr boom) 70CM
         
HF STEPPIR USA 3 EL. HORIZONTAAL 6 - 40 MTR
VHF T20818 TONNA 2 x 9 ELEMENTEN 11 DB
VHF / UHF D-X50N DIAMOND VERTICAL 2,3 / 5 Db
0-3000MHZ DUMMY LOAD SPINNER    

 

----------Microphone----------
KENWOOD MC60 HF - VHF - UHF    
HEIL PROSET PLUS HF - VHF - UHF    

 

----------Measure----------
3 - 1300 MHz FX1000 DIAMOND SWR-POWER METER RANGE 5-20-200 WATT
  M3270 ALTAI UNIVERSEEL METER DIGITAL
0,5 - 1200 MHz MFC 6A MONACOR FREQUENCY COUNTER PRESCALER UITBREIDING
20 MHz 8020 DYNATEC OSCILLOSCOOP 2 KANAALS

 

----------Previous transceivers en receivers----------
KENWOOD 570DG HF TRANSCEIVER
YAESU FT1000MP MARK5 HF TRANSCEIVER
YAESU FT480R VHF TRANSCEIVER
KENWOOD R2000 HF RECEIVER
KENWOOD RZ1 AM/FM 0.5 - 905 MHz RECEIVER
ALINCO DR110 VHF TRANSCEIVER
ALINCO DR510 VHF / UHF TRANSCEIVER
KENWOOD TM531 UHF TRANSCEIVER
ICOM R20 HENDHELD WIDEBAND ALL MODE RECEIVER
 

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